Girov is a 2006 Azerbaijan drama by Eldar Kuliyev.
A long running rivalry between Azerbaijan and Armenian led to a ban for this film merely for portaying Armenians in a positive light.
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.
Sausage Party is a 2016 USA animation comedy adventure by Greg Tiernan and
Starring Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd.
It is reported that the the film was banned in China as the humorous
animation style would lead children to watch it inappropriately
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
Varthamanam is a 2021 India drama by Sidhartha Siva
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.
See full film from YouTube
Starring Aurora Adya, Karuna Singh Chauhan and Dain Davis
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.
Rahman 1400 is a 2018 Iran drama by Manouchehr Hadi.
Starring Bahram Afshari, Saeed Aghakhani and Sareh Bayat.
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.
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.
Agent Vinod is a 2012 India action adventure
thriller by Sriram Raghavan.
Starring Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Gulshan Grover.
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.
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.
Banned for its inclusion of the Indian national anthem and the Indian flag.
Mulk is a 2018 India drama by Anubhav Sinha.
Starring Tapsee Pannu, Rishi Kapoor and Prateik.
Neerja is a 2016 India biography by Ram Madhvani.
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
Starring Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Yogendra Tiku.
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,
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