Indian movies have a far and wide-reaching followers. In order to reach fans living at every corner of the world, often filmmakers release their films internationally. But sometimes things go south.
These films do not always acquire a well-liked response from the film certification boards of different countries. A lot of times, owing to the law and sentiments of the land, censor boards abroad bar the release of certain Indian movies.
Here are 11 such films which were axed down by film certification boards abroad and as a result banned in some countries.
1. The Kashmir Files (2022)
Vivek Agnihotri’s film centred around the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley has garnered mixed reviews. The movie has been stopped by Singapore’s censor authority. In a response to media queries, the Singapore government refused classification for its “provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims.”
2. Bell Bottom (2021)
Akshay Kumar starrer Bell Bottom was inspired by real-life plane hijacking events that took place in the 1980s. The movie was released overseas except in the three Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar – for allegedly ‘tampering with historical facts’.
3. Kurup (2021)
The Malayalam crime thriller film has Dulquer Salmaan, Sobhita Dhulipala, and even Manoj Bajpayee. The movie was banned in Kuwait for showing a criminal trying to flee the police in India and seeking refuge in Kuwait.
4. Padmaavat (2018)
Padmaavat found itself embroiled in many controversies. From the change of the movie name to even the actors receiving death threats, the movie faced it all. Even though the movie turned out to be a success, it was banned in Malasiya over concerns regarding “sensitivities of Islam”.
5. Pad Man (2018)