When it comes to producing movies of mature content, Indian filmmaking is a task. The creativity of the producers and the directors get constrained by entertainment laws that sometimes do not justify their existence. If a film is found to be breaking stereotypes, it faces a backlash from the audience and also critiques sometimes. Listed below are the top 10 movies that were shrouded by controversies since their release.
1. Chatrak (2011)
starrer Chatrak caused an uproar among the traditional Bengali moviegoers who, in their wildest dreams, would not expect to see an actress go nude on the big screen for a movie. Paoli dared to break the stereotype and became the target of several controversies. The Indian audience, especially the Bongs, questioned the audacity of the Srilankan filmmaker Vibhukti Jayasundara for shooting such explicit unconventional scenes.
2. Arekti Premer Golpo (2010)
Arekti premer golpo, directed by , aware the society that questions the existence of queer identity. It is a movie narrated and acted in by the famous female impersonator of all time, the Jaatra artist
. The film runs along the lines of a transgender filmmaker (
) documenting the life of Chapal Bhaduri. The story draws parallels between the director and Chapal Bhaduri in many ways. The way Rituporno brought out the feminity in him to give justice to the role he played within the film of the young effeminate Chapal Rani is commendable. The movie attracted controversies because neither Tollywood nor society was ready to face the public display of the taboo and elite erotism back then.
3. Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish (2012)
The undaunted subject of the movie caused controversies for such a conspicuous take on it. One of the best movies of Rituporno Ghosh, Chitrangada is a masterpiece depicting the sentiments of people fighting for gender identity. Here, Rituporno plays the role of a man craving the bliss of womanhood who decides to do what his heart wants. The movie broke the stereotype by portraying the LGBTQ theme so beautifully that it was beyond the expectations of Tollywood.
4. Cosmic Sex (2014)
Making a movie out of Dehatatva where one receives spiritual divinity through the exploration of one's body by submitting to carnal pleasure drew the attention of the critics hence creating controversies. How sex and spirituality play an essential part in the Bauls' (mystic folk musicians of Bengal) search for the ultimate truth to attain divine bliss and spiritual emancipation was dealt with utmost precision by the director
5. Kagojer Nauka (2013)
The movie attracted controversy because it showed the prevalence of the chit-fund case in Bengal. The dispute arose regarding the movie screening that put chit funds under the scanner. Partha Sarathi Joardar was brave enough to direct a film on such a debatable topic related to politics.
6. Antarmahal (2005)
Though the film was for a mature audience, it was an extremely perverted plot. Set against the backdrop of the colonization era, the film starred
Soha Ali Khan
. Ritupoprno Ghosh did a brilliant job directing the movie. Still, his apparent attempt at indulging the actors in inappropriate scenes, for instance, where Abhishek Bachchan was fondling the breasts of the Durga Idol, led to an uproar among the Indians. There were also many other scenes that were inappropriate to be shown on the big screen, considering the year it was launched, 2005.
7. Rajkahini (2015)
The Partition of India with a different scenario was the narrative of Rajkahini. It showed how Partition affected a group of eleven prostitutes who refused to leave their brothel. Director Srijit Mukherjee cast stellar performers, namely,
, Sayani Ghosh,
, and a few more, to have a powerful impact of the movie on the audience. The film showed the unfiltered, honest, and striking sides and the consequences faced during the Partition. This "A" certified raw and bold film released during the festivity of Durga Puja led to controversies all over Bengal.
8. Khwato (2016)
Tollywood's first venture into the erotic genre was not taken well by the viewers. Controversies arose with the explicit portrayal of evil, extra-marital affairs, and passionate make-out scenes. Prosenjit plays the role of a married, coquettish fictional writer who yearns to sleep with a married woman, Paoli Dam. The indulgence of both in lecherous activities perturbed the sensitive viewers. This movie by
deals with how people are driven by lust and temptation only to lose their real happiness.
9. Bhabishwater Bhoot (2019)
This movie by
was a political satire accused of being the alleged sequel to Bhooter Bhabishwat. Immediately after the first day of screening, it got withdrawn from everywhere because the plot of the film was a dark comedy based on the political scenario of the state. The West Bengal government wanted a private screening before the public release to protect the sentiments of people from getting hurt.
Recipient of 4 National Awards, nagarkirtan still faced controversy. Writer Swapnamoy Chowdhury accused the movie of plagiarism. It resembled the writer's Ananda Puroshkar-winning novel, Holude Golap. Later, the dispute was cleared up by himself when he stated that the movie was not a copy of his book.