8 Critically acclaimed movies banned in India for extreme sexuality

Sexuality has been a very sensitive aspect in Indian society. To be specific, the filmmakers often have to suffer due to various taboos. Given below are some of the critically acclaimed Hindi movies banned in India for their extreme sexual content.


Paanch is one of the finest movies banned in India for its sexual content. The movie involves some of the most creative people of the industry. It is written by Anurag Kashyap and also directed by him. Vishal Bhardwaj has given music in it. It stars some of the reputed actors like Kay Kay Menon, Vijay Raj, Joy Fernandes, and others in various roles. The film was screened at Filfest Hamburg and many others, but CBFC banned it for its objectionable content.

Kamasutra: A love story

Mira Nair

Directed by Mira Nair, this movie has acclaimed actors like Rekha and Indira Varma in pivotal roles. It is co-written and also co-produced by Mira Nair. The movie gave Declan Quinn the independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography in 1998. Kamasutra was nominated was nominated for the Golden Seashell award at San Sebastian Film Festival and was also showcased at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.


This movie made in 2005 by Deepa Mehta is one of the much buzzed controversial movies in India. Its screenplay has been written by Anurag Kashyap and Deepa Mehta. It stars Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Vinay Pathak, and Waheeda Rehman in pivotal roles. A. R. Rahman has composed the songs, written by Sukhwinder Singh. Seema Biswas won best actress award at Canadian Screen Awards. Giles Nuttgens bagged best Cinematography award, in addition with many other awards and nominations for the film. However, it was banned in Indian for its sexual content.


“Gandu” made in 2010 directed by Qaushiq Mukherjee and Anuj Nimbraj sirji has Anubrata Joyraj and Silajit in key roles. Its music has been given by Five Little Indians, a rock band. The movie was previewed at Yale University prior being premiered. It is here to mention that the movie was an official selection at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. It was also showcased at the Slamdance Film Festival.

The girl with dragon tattoo:

The psychological thriller was directed by David Fincher. It was banned in India as CBFC asked to cut the extreme sexual scenes and the rape scenes and the director refused to do that. It stars top actors like Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Sony Pictures Entertainment started its work in 2009, the script of which took 6 months to be completed. It bagged Academy Award for Best Film Editing. Rooney Mara was nominated for Academy Awards in Best Actress category.


The film directed by Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara was banned in India for its explicit sexual content. The film was screened at various global film festivals. It was also screened in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

The Painted House:

The Malayalam movie directed by Santosh Babusenan and Satish Babusenan was banned by CBFC as the female lead in the movie has been shown nude in 3 scenes. CBFC asked to cut these, but the directors refused. The directors have earlier made Twilight Dreams, which was selected for the Split Film Festival. The movie has been invited by the International Indian Film Festival of Toronto. It is a movie about human insights, and how the same can change someone’s life.

India’s Daughter:

India’s Daughter directed by Leslee Udwin is part of BBC’s Storyville series. The movie is perhaps the worst controversial movie banned in India. It is based on 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder. It was all set to release on the eve of Women’s day 2015, but stopped as a court stayed after receiving complain from Indian Police. It included an interview with the convict Mukesh Singh, in which Mukesh is justifying rape. It is said that the producers paid 40k INR to Singh for the interview. Though the release stayed, but the movie leaked through You Tube and social media. Later, court asked You Tube and social edia to block it.

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