Ten films that didn’t release pan-India
New Delhi: As of its opening day, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat hadn’t managed a release in states including Rajasthan, Gujarat and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Here’s a look at 10 other films that didn’t release across India.
Tango Charlie (2005): The Mani Shankar-directed war film was banned in Assam for allegedly defaming the Bodo community. The film, starring Ajay Devgn and Bobby Deol, made Rs7 crore at the box office.
Parzania (2005): Director Rahul Dholakia’s drama faced an unofficial ban in Gujarat after a religious outfit convinced theatre owners that it would disrupt communal harmony in the state. The film, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika, earned Rs76 lakh in box office collections.
Fanaa (2006): The romantic drama was banned in Gujarat after lead actor Aamir Khan’s comments against the state government. The film co-starring Kajol made Rs51 crore at the box office.
The Da Vinci Code (2006): Ron Howard’s mystery thriller based on Dan Brown’s best-seller was banned in Goa, Nagaland and Punjab after appeals by Catholic leaders against portraying their community in an objectionable manner. The film starred Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina.
Firaaq (2008): Nandita Das’s directorial debut wasn’t released in several parts of Gujarat, allegedly for its depiction of the 2002 riots. It made over Rs1 crore in box office collections.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008): Director Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical romance wasn’t allowed a release in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh after protests by the Karni Sena and Rajput community. The Supreme Court later lifted the ban and the Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai-starrer made Rs56 crore.
Aarakshan (2011): Prakash Jha’s film on reservations in jobs and education was banned in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh though the ban was later revoked. The film, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, made Rs41 crore at the box office.
Madras Café (2013): Shoojit Sarkar’s political thriller, set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War, wasn’t released in Tamil Nadu after several groups claimed that it portrayed Tamil Tigers in a bad light. The John Abraham-starrer earned Rs43 crore in box office collections.
Vishwaroopam (2013): Kamal Haasan’s spy thriller wasn’t released in Tamil Nadu after objections from Muslim groups. It saw the light of the day after a few scenes were cut and made about Rs13 crore.
MSG-2 The Messenger (2015): Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s film was banned in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand for hurting the sentiments of the Adivasi tribal community. It earned Rs12 crore in box office collections.
All figures have been sourced from movie website Box Office India
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