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Top 10 Indian Movies Banned in Theaters but Available on Amazon, Netflix & Other OTT Platforms

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

Indian Theaters banned movie Inshallah

Indian Theaters banned the movie Inshallah

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.

2- Water

John Abraham's Water banned in theaters

John Abraham’s Water banned in theaters

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.

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3- Unfreedom

Unfreedom Movie

Unfreedom Movie

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

Black Friday banned in Indian Theaters but available on OTT

Black Friday banned in Indian Theaters but available on OTT

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

Kissa Kursi Ka banned in theaters but you can stream this online

Kissa Kursi Ka banned in theaters but you can stream this online

Director: Amrit Nahata

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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.

6- Gandu

Gandu movie banned in theaters, you can stream this online

Gandu movie banned in theaters, you can stream this online

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.

7- Parzania

Parzaniya one of banned Indian theaters Movie you can stream online

Parzaniya one of banned Indian theaters Movie you can stream online

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.

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8- Angry Indian Goddesses

Angry Indian Goddesses banned you can stream online

Angry Indian Goddesses banned you can stream online

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.

9- Loev

Loev Indian movie banned in theaters

Loev Indian movie banned in theaters

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.

10- Fire

Indian banned movie FIRE

Indian banned movie FIRE

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.

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