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Girov is a 2006 Azerbaijan drama by Eldar Kuliyev. IMDb
A long running rivalry between Azerbaijan  and Armenian led to a ban for this film merely for portaying Armenians in a positive light.

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China has a specified number of foreign films that it allows for local distribution. Controversial films do not need to be formally banned, they can be simply be not selected for distribution. So rather counter-intuitively there are few western films that get formally banned by China.

Banned Movies

Sausage Party is a 2016 USA animation comedy adventure by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon.
Starring Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. IMDb

It is reported that the the film was banned in China as the humorous animation style would lead children to watch it inappropriately


Banned Movies

Aarakshan the Bollywood movie about the caste and education system in India has featured in a banning row with politicians from three states in India, despite the movie being passed by the censors.

Prakash Jha's Bollywood film Aarakshan attracted bans from three key states in India, namely, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Andhra Pradesh (AP). The opening weekend of the film had a restricted release due to politicians in the banning states feeling the film was insensitive to low-caste Hindus by using objectionable terms.

I Am Roshni is a 2018 India children's romance by Manoj J. Bhatia,Suresh Thomas
Starring Manoj Jaiswal,Ankita Parihar,Yash Rajpara IMDb

A family drama which depicts girl child abuse, bad parental upbringing and an intimate love story of a brother and sister.

Banned in 2017

The film was made in 2017 and after trying everything in the book to get a censor certificate, the makers had no choice but to release it on YouTube and write off any commercial gains.

Suresh Thomas, producer and head of Crescendo Music says that while the theme may shock some viewers, there are absolutely no sleazy scenes in the film. I Am Roshni is a sensitive film about a brother and a sister, who amid difficult circumstances, find solace in each other's company.

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Paanch is a 2003 India crime thriller by Anurag Kashyap
Starring Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastav and Joy Fernandes IMDb

Kidnapping plot gone wrong when four friends plans to kidnap their own friend who accidentally got killed.

Banned in 2003

Banned because of the use of crass language and drug abuse. The film has never been released since.

Varthamanam is a 2021 India drama by Sidhartha Siva
Starring Aurora Adya, Karuna Singh Chauhan and Dain Davis IMDb

Faiza joins Delhi University as a research student. She gets acquainted with Amal and other students with a sharp political stance. However, the dynamics of campus life take new forms after the killing of her roommate's brother.

Banned in December 2020 but unbanned in January 2021:

A regional Censor Board board denied the film certification on the grounds of being anti-national but the Central Censor Board revising committee overruled the regional board and gave the go-ahead for the screening of the film.

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Banned Movies

Rahman 1400 is a 2018 Iran drama by Manouchehr Hadi.
Starring Bahram Afshari, Saeed Aghakhani and Sareh Bayat. IMDb
Iran's Culture Ministry says it has banned Iran's best-selling movie of the month, Rahman 1400.  This seems to be in response to a controversy with a few viewers complaining of sexually explicit dialogue.

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Banned Movies in 2018

  • Dua -- Dunia Untuk Aku (Malaysia)
  • Padmaavat (India)
  • Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuthtu (Malaysia)
  • Love, Simon (US)
  • A Fantastic Woman (Chile / Germany / Spain / USA)
  • Bilal (Malaysia)
  • 18.05.2009 (India)
  • The Happytime Murders (US)
Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz, chairman of the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) said:

Any film with LGBT elements, whether directly or indirectly promoting or propagandising this element, will be banned. That was why Dua -- Dunia Untuk Aku was banned. The animated film Bilal was banned as its portrayal of Islam was not in accordance with the Sunnah practised in Malaysia. The Bollywood movie Padmaavat , meanwhile, was axed as it depicted Muslims negatively. The other movies contained LGBT elements or had extreme sexual scenes.


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Banned Movies

Agent Vinod is a 2012 India action adventure thriller by Sriram Raghavan.
Starring Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Gulshan Grover. IMDb

In Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhua, RAW Agent Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) is rescued by colleague Rajan (Ravi Kishan) from a rogue Pakistani army officer (Shahbaz Khan).

Banned by Pakistan's Central Board of Film Certification as it contained references to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) that could hurt the sentiments of people in Pakistan .

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a 2013 India sport biography by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor and Pavan Malhotra. IMDb

The true story of the "Flying Sikh" - world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh -- who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.

Singh's comments in the about Pakistan didn't go well with the Pakistani censors so the film ended up banned.

Dangal is a 2016 India action sport biography by Nitesh Tiwari.
Starring Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar and Fatima Sana Shaikh. IMDb

Banned for its inclusion of the Indian national anthem and the Indian flag.

Lafangey is a 2022 Pakistan film by Abdul Khaliq Khan

CBFC Chairman Arshad Munir said:

All the present members unanimously decided that the film was not capable of screening it in Pakistani theatres. The film uses very vulgar language and phrases with double meanings which are quite indecent.

Mulk is a 2018 India drama by Anubhav Sinha.
Starring Tapsee Pannu, Rishi Kapoor and Prateik. IMDb

One family member tries to help her own family which are trapped in a dark controversy. Banned by Pakistan's film censors from the CBFC in August 2018.

Neerja is a 2016 India biography by Ram Madhvani.
Starring Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Yogendra Tiku. IMDb

Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

The problem: the plane was hijacked in Karachi, Pakistan. Hence, it was banned in Pakistan,

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Banned Movies

Mizo is a 2014 South Korea revenge drama by Nam Ki-woong

Mizo was banned by the Korea Media Rating Board's (KMRB) claiming:

The premise of the film damages and distorts our sense of human dignity and value, and has the potential danger of disrupting social order and public sentiment.

Nominally the censors gave it a restricted rating, which means that such films can only be shown in specialty theaters, of which none actually exist in the country.

However the film may finally hit local theaters next week, as filmmakers have censored parts deemed problematic. Filmmakers hope blur effects will help overturn the Korea Media Rating Board's (KMRB) de facto ban. The KMRB is now in the process of reviewing the censored version of the film.

The incenstuous drama is about a young woman who, after having long been sexually abused by her adoptive parents, sets out to find her biological father. She seeks to make him fall in love with her only to eventually kill herself, thereby breaking his heart and avenging her pain.


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Banned Movies

A list of banned films was published in October 2018 that were presumably banned for cinema which been republished for the country's internet companies to make sure they are also banned from Video on Demand. Examples from the list include:
  • Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy
  • Nymphomaniac (2013)
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
  • Scary Movie series

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