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Top 10 Films That Achieved Success Solely Due To Controversy

Top 10 Films That Achieved Success Solely Due To Controversy Hindi Article

Nowadays, controversy and Bollywood go hand in hand. But this relationship goes way longer than we remember. Bollywood or, our Hindi film industry has a huge fan base, but sometimes movies rub certain sections of society the wrong way. Because of this, the movie loses its credibility, and all the people associated with that film have to suffer trolls and heavy backlashes. But sometimes, these backlashes become good news and bring box office success to the film. These movies are unique in their way, but the movie’s highlight becomes the controversy associated with the movie. We should go back in time and see which movies get their success solely due to their dispute. The reasons for boycotting a movie may vary, but we will see how it will benefit certain films.

1. Pathaan (2023)

Pathaan was the much-awaited movie of Shah Rukh Khan with Deepika Padukone. Millions of people love him, but this movie received a lot of public backlash. SRK, also known as the king of Bollywood and his fans, came to rescue him and showered him with lots of love and support, by making this film a huge success and breaking all the records. People love SRK, and the movie was quite entertaining, but Pathaan got the success and it has to be credited to all the backlash it got and yet it became a huge box-office hit. They used their weakness and turned it into their strength, by using all the backlash to their marketing success.

2. Udta Punjab (2016)

Udta Punjab was released in 2016, and since they announced its release date, there has been a controversial journey for the makers. The movie talks about the insurgence of substance, it got backlash from the Punjab government as according to them it shows the wrong side of Punjab and even the Central Board of Film Certification has many problems with the foul language and too graphic content of the movie. After making several cuts, the Central Board of Film Certification released the movie, and it became a hit. The controversy surrounding it increased public interest.

3. Padmaavat (2018)

When it comes to films made by Sanjay Leela, people make it their mission to boycott him. Padmaavat was previously known as Padmavati. This film movie faced lots of backlash from its name to people, assuming that there is a dream sequence between Queen Padmavati and Khilji. Due to this, the actors associated with the film, especially Deepika, Ranveer, and Sanjay Leela, received death threats. No matter how people opposed this movie, it still got released and also got its due success.

4. Kabir Singh (2019)

Kabir Singh is Shahid Kapoor’s most successful movie in terms of box office collection. This movie got hate because of the controversial scene, and some people felt that it glorified the negative aspect of their protagonist. The outrage became stronger after the much-debatable interview of Sundeep Reddy Vanga with Film Companion. This movie got lots of love from one section and equal hate from the other section. This movie was a commercial success but created a huge conflict among the critics and audience.

5. Bandit Queen (1994)

Bandit Queen is based on Phoolan Devi’s life and they take the story from the book India's Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi, which was written by Mala Sen. This movie was one of the most backlashed by the people and some communities. It got so hated that they even banned the movie sometime in India. Phoolan Devi is the central point of the movie, and there is a lot of violence and cruelty against the women shown in the film, which makes the audience uncomfortable. Yet the hype for the movie was so loud that this movie became a hit.

6. Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

Like Sanjay Leela’s other movies, this movie got into the trap of name. The controversy was regarding the name of the film. Previously, it was called Ramleela, but a petition was filed against it as people thought that it had a connection to the divine figure, but there was none. But the outrage was so intense that the makers had to change the name in 48 hours. The filmmakers released the film, which became a great success at the box office.

7. PK (2014)

PK is a fictional satirical comedy-drama where the protagonist is an alien played by Aamir Khan. He comes to Earth for research and during that, he loses his remote for his spaceship, and without his remote, he can’t go back to his home. This movie is about his search, and during his quest, he asks some critical questions. People were not happy with the way it was treating the divine entities. There was a protest against it, but the movie was successful.

8. The Kerala Story (2023)

The Kerala Story is about three young girls from different parts of Kerala who got into a terrorist organization. It was based on a real-life event of three women, and it spoke controversy with the specific information the makers provided in the movie. The dispute was so much that it had difficulty getting its OTT release, but the film was a massive success at the box office.

9. The Dirty Picture (2011)

The life of Silk Smitha, who is famous for doing erotic roles in the movie, inspired the Dirty Picture. The film has Vidya Balan in the lead and is one of the most loved movies of her career. The film became a hit upon its release, despite facing protests for its mature theme and adult content.

10. The Kashmir Files (2022)

The Kashmir Files tell us the story and the pain, suffering, and struggle of the Kashmiri Pandit community in 1990. Due to the subject, it addressed, there was lots of violence and adult graphic content. This movie has a very polarising audience, and it gets both love and hate from the audience.


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