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Bajirao: The next banned historical movie

With the rising number of Bollywood movies on scripts taken from ancient history the amount of number of Ban’s also increased. The BAN culture is nothing new in the country and is mostly seen in the film fraternity of India.

Recently the very talked about the beauty of Deepika Padukone’s glaze in movie Bajirao Mastaani is at stake. The movie may or may not be screened depends upon censor board, as a petition has been filed seeking a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming Bajirao Mastani. It has been alleged that the movie has distorted history relating to late king Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa and his family members. It is believed that one of the ‘Pinga’, song from the movie has disrupted the Marathi culture and their sentiments. Pinga is a dance style performed in Maharashtra and in the movie it has been portrayed as an item song on which the two actresses performs.  The case is also filed saying that the historical facts have been “altered” while portraying the late king and his wives in the film.

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This is not the first time that censor board is banning the movies but earlier also historical movies have faced the same situation. When Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar was released, people also raised fingers on the caste shown in the movie. The Kshatriya (Rajput) community in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh protested against the movie because they believed that the film portrayed distorted historical facts as in the movie Jodha Bai was represented as a Kshatriya though she wasn’t one. However, a month later Supreme Court lifted all restrictions imposed on its screening by various state governments.

Another in the list of banned movies was Bandit Queen (1994). The Censor Board initially banned this Shekhar Kapur film due to its crude language and sexual content. Later on Supreme Court paved the way for the film’s release when the producers of the movie approached them.

By this, we come at a conclusion that Indian film fraternity is quite restricted and has created its own boundaries which don’t welcome creativity and experiments in the movies. Hence the lot of baseless, scriptless action, dramas movie were born. Every movie or documentaries that have good content and context is banned, this shows the conserved thinking of the society. We must produce and release this kind of movies more so that the narrow mindset broadens.

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