When Political Parties Took On Bollywood

Fawad Khan has left the country. Yes, it is heartbreaking that Bollywood's current favorite had to go back to Pakistan due to the controversy around his next film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Khan plays a supporting role in Karan Johar’s Diwali release, which stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, and Anushka Sharma. 

The political party Shiv Sena has asked for Pakistani actors to be banned from acting in Hindi films, and thus Fawad decided to stay away until the controversy dies down. Shiv Sena has also threatened to stall the release of Ae Dil hai Mushkil if Fawad Khan's scenes are not cut from the final edit. It remains to be seen if Karan Johar gives in to their demand but here are other Bollywood films that were victims of dirty politics. 

Udta Punjab


The makers of Udta Punjab were already involved in a bitter battle with the censor board. To make matters worse, politicians in Punjab wanted to ban the movie from releasing in the state. They claimed that it showed Punjab in a bad light and was far from true. 

My Name is Khan


In 2010, Shah Rukh Khan had stated that Pakistani cricketers should be allowed to play in the Indian Premier League. After this statement, the Shiv Sena demanded an apology, but the actor refused to do so. Thus, they began to vandalize the theaters that were playing Shah Rukh’s film, My Name is Khan.



This film was known for the sexy, intimate scene between its lead actors, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. Apparently, the residents of Juhu, Mumbai, complained that the posters, which revealed Kapoor’s bare back, were all over the areas in their vicinity. The Shiv Sena workers took it upon themselves to not only tear them down but also asked for the scene to be deleted.

Wake Up Sid


In a scene in this 2009 film, the word "Bombay" was mentioned. The MNS chief Raj Thackeray wasn't impressed and wanted it to be changed to "Mumbai". Karan Johar, the producer of Wake Up Sid, apologized to Thackeray and even put a disclaimer in the film. 

Love Aaj Kal


In Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal, one of the characters that Saif Ali Khan played was a Sikh. The Punjab Cultural and Heritage Board didn't approve of a scene in which the lead actor was wooing the heroine in a Gurudwara. They also had a problem with the way that Saif had worn his turban in the movie. 


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