There are a lot of movies that are banned in theatres across India due to nudity, sexuality, and political reasons. Here we will look at the Top 10 Bollywood Movies that are banned in theatres but available on Over the top (OTT) platforms like Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, etc.
Though there are movies like Mohalla Assi and Indu Sarkar which got delayed for their release because of the controversial topics of the films, they got theatrically released after winning the case in the court, several Bollywood films are uncensored and controversial but however released in theaters.
Top 10 Indian Banned Movies are available on OTT platforms:
1- Inshallah, Football
Director: Ashvin Kumar
Producer: Javed Jaffrey
The film tells the story of a young aspiring footballer from Kashmir, whose father was a militant from the Hizbul Mujahidin group. Director Ashvin Kumar has shown the hurdles faced by Basharat Baba aka Basha for achieving his goals in the movie.
The movie didn’t get the censor certificate by which the film didn’t have the rights to show it in theatres. This movie is available on YouTube premium.
Director: Deepa Mehta
Star Cast: John Abraham, Lisa Ray
Production Company: David Hamilton Productions
Water starring John Abraham talks about the widow’s situation in India during 1938. The screenplay of the film is written by Anurag Kashyap. The film also shows the misogynistic and ostracism behavior of our society when we were under British rule. You can watch this movie on Youtube
It is the third series after “Fire” which was released in 1996 and “Earth” in 1998 of Deepa Mehta’s Elements trilogy. There is a movie and a book that is written, inspired by this film, “The Forgotten Woman” by Dilip Mehta and “Water: A Novel” by Bapsi Sidhwa respectively.
Director: Raj Amit Kumar
Star Cast: Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain, Bhanu Uday, Preeti Gupta
Production Company: Dark Frames 69 Productions
The movie revolves around two character’s one is a Muslim fundamentalist in New York and the other is a Lesbian in New Delhi. The story is a struggle of identities against subjection. Director Raj Amit Kumar also co-wrote the story of the film.
The film was refused certification by the censor board, They have suggested cuts to the director which the director refused, hence the movie never got released in theatres. It is available on the streaming platform Netflix.
4- Black Friday
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Star Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Imtiaz Ali, Zakir Hussain
Production Company: Mid Day Multimedia Limited, Big Bang Pictures, Mirror films
The story explores the aftermath event of the March 1993 Bomb Blasts in Mumbai then Bombay. It is based on the book “Black Friday: The True Story of The Bombay Bomb Blasts” written by Hussain Zaidi. Anurag Kashyap directed and wrote the screenplay of the film. It is a crime thriller.
The film was banned by the Bombay high court after the petition filed by Mustaq Moosa Tarani, one of the accused of bomb blasts. It is available on Hotstar.
5- Kissa Kursi ka
Director: Amrit Nahata
Star Cast: Shabana Azmi, Manohar Singh
Producer: Bhagwant Deshpande, Vijay Kashmiri, Baba Majgavkar
Kissa Kursi Ka is a political satire film, which revolves around a corrupt politician Gangaram character played by Manohar Singh. The film has disgruntled the central govt. At that time which leads to the ban of the film. It is available on YouTube.
Along with Shaban Azmi and Manohar Singh, the film features Raj Kiran, Utpal Dutt, and Rehana Sultan. Music is given by Jaidev in the movie.
Director: Qaushiq Mukherjee
Star Cast: Anubrata Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharjee
Producer: Taha Kamran
Director Qaushiq Mukherjee also co-wrote and done cinematography for the film. The movie revolves around Anubrata Basu who is playing the protagonist in the film, who is a rapper and a drug addict. The movie is full of erotic scenes and vulgar language which made controversy at that time.
Anubrata Basu is playing Subham Singh aka Gandu, Joyraj Bhattacharjee as Ricksha. It is available on the streaming platform Netflix.
Director: Rahul Dholakia
Star Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Sarika
Producer: Rahul Dholakia, Kamal Patel
The movie revolves around an American named Allan who came to India to find peace of mind furthermore he finds a Pitthawala family whose son went missing after the riots happened in Gujarat in 2002. Allan’s search has begun to find the lost kid and the reason behind the communal riots.
This film is available on Hotstar. Along with Direction, Rahul Dholakia also co-wrote and produced this film. Naseeruddin Shah is playing the role of the father (Cyrus) of the lost kid, the film is in three languages English, Hindi, and Gujarati.
8- Angry Indian Goddesses
Director: Pan Nalin
Star Cast: Sandhya Mridul, Sarah-Jane Dias
Production Company: Jungle Book Entertainment
The film is about a girl Joanna Mendes also known as Jo in the movie who got raped and killed subsequently. Further, in the story, her friends find the culprits of the crime and eliminate them one by one.
Amrit Maghera is playing the role of Jo, Sarah-Jane-Dias , Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Anushka Manchanda are playing as Jo’s friend. The story and screenplay of the film is written by Pan Nalin. Watch it on Netflix.
Director: Sudhanshu Saria
Star Cast: Dhruv Ganesh, Shiv Panditt, Siddharth Menon
Production Company: Bombay Berlin film Productions, Four Line Films
Loev is a story of two Gay couples Sahil and Jay. It talks about their love, romance, and fallout. Dhruv Ganesh is playing Sahil (it was his last film as he died from Tuberculosis), and Shiv Pandit is in the role of Jay who is a businessman in the movie.
Director Sudhanshu Saria wrote the screenplay as well as produced the film. Music is given by Tony Kakkar. It was premiered on Netflix on 1 May 2017.
Director: Deepa Mehta
Star Cast: Nandita Das, Shabana Azmi
Production Company: Kaleidoscope Entertainment, Trial By Fire Films
This film was made in 1996 and it was India’s first Homosexual and Lesbian relationship-based movie. It is the first film of Deepa Mehta’s movie series “Elements Trilogy.” Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das are playing the lead role in the film as Radha and Sita respectively. It is available on YouTube.
The film also features Javed Jaffrey, Dilip Mehta, and Vinay Pathak. Music is given by A.R Rehman in the film. It is available in two languages Hindi and English.