Films banned in India based on 2002 Gujarat Riot

Films based on politically heated incidents often carry all possibilities of getting banned. It won’t be wrong to claim that the better or more realistic you try to make such movies, greater the threats of legal and political actions appear for you. Now needless is to say how politically heated is an incident like 2002 Gujarat riot was. There are movies like Kai Po Che, those too are based on 2002 riot, but were not banned. But, the following movies had to get banned, primarily being based on a controversial subject like this.

Final Solution:

Final Solution directed by Rakesh Sharma is based on 2002 Gujarat riot. It is considered one of the finest and realistic movies among all other movies made so far based on the same subject. Though it is moreover a documentary, but the screenplay and story portrayal is really good. The best part, it has the real time experience of the victims in the movie. There are interviews of both the communities. However, the movie was banned stating it might lead to further violence in the state.

Chand Bhuj Gaya:

This is another fine movie made in the backdrops of 2002 Gujarat riot. Though it’s not as realistic as of “Final Solution”, but director Sharique Minhaj has done his best to tag the incident with the story really well. It has been written by Dr. Zuber and Qamruddin Falak. Climax of the movie occurs during Godhra train blast, and the following incidences have been shown in relation to the movie.


This 2008 political thriller is the most known movies based on this subject. It has gathered many awards in its name. The movie got three awards at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore. It bagged the special prize at the International Thessaloniki Film Festival. The movie got two National Film Awards at the 56th National Film Awards. Directed by very talented Nandita Dash, the movie has some gem of performers like Nawzuddin Siddiqui, Paresh Rawal, Deepti Naval, Tisca Chopra, and others. Nandita has co-written the movie as well along with Shuchi Kothari. The movie stitches lives of common people, some of those were the victims, some were simply observing the incidences, etc and how their life changed drastically after the unfortunate incidence.


Directed by Rahul Dholakia, Parzania presents some of the powerful performances ever in bollywood. Having veteran Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika in lead, the movie is one of the finest of its kind. It is said to be based on a true story that revolves around Azhar Mody, a Parsi boy. Post Gulbarg Society Massacre incidence, which had occurred during the infamous Gujarat riot in 2002, Azhar Mody goes missing. The struggles of his family through the quest of finding their missing son has been shown amazingly. Director Dholakia says he decided to make a movie on a subject like this after coming across with a similar incidence during the unfortunate incidence. Hence, the movie can be said to be inspired by his experience. However, not a single theatre owner in Gujarat was ready to screen it, no matter it gets cleared by the CBFC.

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