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Films: Bans and Controversies

Amazon Prime Video's India Originals head Aparna Purohit leaves Hazratganj police station after giving her statement in connection with the 'Tandav Web Series' case in Lucknow.

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Additional security outside the residence of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan over a controversy that has spiralled over the release of web series 'Tandav', in Mumbai.

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Sanskriti Bachao Manch activists smear black paint on a poster of the Amazon Prime web series 'Tandav' during a protest, in Bhopal.

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BJP workers stage a protest against Amazon Prime over its controversial web series 'Tandav', at Bandra in Mumbai.

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Members of United Hindu Front (UHF) raise slogans during a protest against Bollywood producer Shabina Khan's film 'Laxmmi Bomb', at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Youth BJP activists protest against Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and her film 'Chhapaak', in Patna

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Samajwadi Party workers watch 'Chhapak' movie, at a cinema hall in Lucknow

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Activists of Akhil Bharatiya Brahmin Samaj raise slogans as they protest against the release of new movie 'Article 15' demanding ban on screening the film, in Bhopal.

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Fans wear ghost masks at a marcprotesting the fate of Bhobishyoter Bhoot

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Security personnel stand guard outside a cinema hall after the release of film 'Padmaavat', in Delhi, Thursday, Jan 25, 2018. The movie was mired in controversy after various Rajput groups, including Rajput Karni Sena, raised their objections towards the content of the film.

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Hindu Sena activists stage a protest against the film 'Kedarnath' at south avenue mall, in Jabalpur

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State BJP leaders complained about the hero criticising high GST on medicines, and even took pot shots at (Joseph) Vijay’s religion. With the media latching onto this att­ack, the film bec­ame a hit. But the GST reference was dropped in the Telugu dub.

This film, in which Vijay succeeds his fat­her, a don, was promoted with the tag line Born to Lead. CM Jayalalitha didn’t relish the loaded line, and Thalaivaa was released only after the line was rem­oved from all publicity mat­erial and the ­on-screen title.

A 2012 hit, remade in Hindi with Akshay Kumar as Holiday, this film drew objections from Islamic groups in Tamil Nadu for portraying Muslims as ­terrorist sleeper cells. Vijay and his father had to mute a few dialogues to placate them.

Ahead of the release, Vijay tried to join the Youth Congress (but was overage) and tried to share a platform with Rahul Gandhi, but the ruling DMK kept him away. They also blocked the release until Vijay’s fat­her met Karunanidhi and waved the white flag.

Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists burn an effigy of Bollywood actor Salman Khan during a protest over his upcoming movie 'Loveratri', in Agra.

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Activists of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena holding banners and raising slogans during a protest against the release of the film "Padmaavat" in Coimbatore.

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People try to douse a fire at Indira Theatre after protesters attacked the counter against the release of film 'Padmaavat' in Jammu.

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Karni Sena activists torched a car during a demonstration against the release of the controversial film 'Padmaavat' in Bhopal.

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A policeman stands guard at a movie theatre screening Bollywood film "Padmaavat" in Mumbai.

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A group of youth pose for cameras by displaying tickets for Bollywood film "Padmaavat" in Mumbai.

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People line up to watch Bollywood film "Padmaavat" in Mumbai. The film, based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, has sparked protests and anger due to allegations of distorting history.

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Policemen guard as people arrive to watch Bollywood film "Padmaavat" outside a movie theatre in Hyderabad. The film, based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, has sparked protests and anger due to allegations of distorting history.

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Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi addresses a press conference at Rajput Sabha Bhawan over the release of film 'Padmaavat', in Jaipur.

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Members of Rajput community protest against the release of film 'Padmaavat' in Meerut.

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Members of the Rajput community take out a candle march against the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's film ‘Padmaavat’ in Ahmedabad.

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Members of the Rajput community protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's film ‘Padmaavat’ in Ahmedabad.

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Members of the Rajput community protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's film ‘Padmaavat’ in Ahmedabad.

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Members of the Rajput community burned bikes during the protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's film ‘Padmaavat’ in Ahmedabad.

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Police investigation after members of the Rajput community broke shops and burned bikes during the protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's film ‘Padmaavat’ in Ahmedabad.

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Members of the Rajput community burned bikes during the protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's film ‘Padmaavat’ in Ahmedabad.

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Vehicles set on fire by a mob during the protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's film ‘Padmaavat’ out side PVR cinema in Ahmedabad.

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Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, center, arrives escorted by police to offer prayers at a temple ahead of the release of her upcoming film "Padmaavat" in Mumbai.

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Rajput community people protest outside a cinema hall against the release of Bhansali's flim 'Padmaavat' in Mathura.

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Karni Sena activists demonstrate against the release of Padmaavat, in Bhopal.

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Karni Sena activists demonstrate against the release of Padmaavat, in Bhopal.

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Rajput Karni Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi addresses a press conference in Lucknow regarding the release of film 'Padmaavat'.

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Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi addresses a press conference for the release of movie Padmaavat in Gurugram.

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Members of Karni Sena protest against "Padmavati" movie at Katargam in Surat.

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Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi addresses a press conference on film Padmavat in Jaipur.

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Policemen detain a biker for damaging DND toll near Noida toll in protest against "Padmavat" movie.

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Members of Karni Sena protest against "Padmavati" movie at Katargam in Surat.

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Guards remove damaged plastic dividers burnt by members of Kerni Sena in protest against proposed release of "Padmavat" movie, near DND toll in Noida.

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Karani Sena members protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Padmaavat' near Jyoti Cinema Hall in Muzaffarpur.

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People holding a banner during a protest demanding ban over the screening of film 'Padmaavat' directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in Meerut.

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Karni Sena activists protest over the clearance of film 'Padmavati' by the CBFC, in Mumbai.

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Film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali arrives to meet a parliamentary panel in New Delhi to discuss the controversy surrounding his upcoming movie ‘Padmavati’.

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Film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali arrives to meet a parliamentary panel in New Delhi to discuss the controversy surrounding his upcoming movie ‘Padmavati’.

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Founder of Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi address the gathering during Maha-Panchayat against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Film Padmavati in Gurugram.

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People protest against Sanjay Leela Bansali's upcoming film Padmavati in Gurugram.

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Members of Rajput community shout slogans against film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Jammu.

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Members of Rajput community burn an effigy of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and shout slogans as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Jammu.

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The Rajput Karni Sena protests against Bhansali’s Padmavati in Jodhpur (left) and Bangalore (right)

Rajput protestors lay siege to the Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan, ­demanding a ban on the movie Padmavati

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Members of Bharat Kshatriya Samaj during a protest against the release of Bollywood movie "Padmavati" in Kolkata.

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A woman signs a banner during a signature campaign as part of a protest, organised by members of Bharat Kshatriya Samaj, against the release of Bollywood movie "Padmavati" in Kolkata.

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Shri Rajput Karni Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi addressing the press conference against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati in New Delhi.

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Shri Rajput Karni Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi addressing the press conference against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati in New Delhi.

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Members of Rajput community shout slogans as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Mumbai.

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Members of Rajput community hold placards as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Mumbai.

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Veiled members of India's Rajput community listen to a speech by their leader as they gather to protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Mumbai.

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The axe falls on the messenger

'Udta Pahlaj'; Amul takes a dig at the Udta Punjab controversy.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt with Udta Punjab film actors Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt speaks at a press conference organized by Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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Hindu Sena activists tear a poster of actor Shaharukh Khan's film Dilwale during a protest against its screening in New Delhi.

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Protests against MSG in Hisar town

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File Photo of filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani who was appointed chairperson of the Censor Board, days after Leela Samson resigned as its chief alleging interference by the government in its matters.

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DSGMC supporters at a protest against the film Messenger of God in New Delhi.

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Shiv Sena activists protest against Aamir Khan's movie 'PK' in Ranchi.

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Abhay 'Black Eye' Deol was spotted with a 'black eye' as a symbol of protest against T-Series for not releasing the music of his upcoming film 'One By Two'.

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Actor Abhay Deol was spotted with a 'black eye' as a symbol of protest against T-Series for not releasing the music of his film.

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In the balance A fan garlands a Thalaivaa poster

Fans honouring a huge cut-out of actor-director Kamal Haasan with milk and garlands at a theatre in Chennai, for his latest flick "Viswaroopam" which was released in Tamil Nadu after facing several hurdles. Haasan's Tamil movie Vishwaroopam was released in theatres across Tamil Nadu sending his fans into a delirious mood after a fortnight-long suspense as the actor insisted his freedom of expression was 'intact' with only a few scenes muted.

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Roadblocks A protest in Madurai

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A production still from Vishwaroopam

Members of some Muslim organisations addressing media after meeting with actor Kamal Hassan and home Secretary R Rajagopal regarding Kamal's controversial movie 'Vishwaroopam' in Chennai.

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Actor Kamal Hassan addresses media after meeting Home Secretary R Rajagopal and some Muslim organisation regarding the controversial movie 'Vishwaroopam', in Chennai.

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Vishwaroopam releases in Bangalore

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Protesters tearing a poster of Kamal Haasan's controversial movie Vishwaroopam in Mumbra, Mumbai. Tripartite talks to break the deadlock over the release of Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam' began here today following Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's offer to broker peace with the protesting Muslim groups and the actor.

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Tripartite talks to break the deadlock over the release of Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam' began following Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's offer to broker peace with the protesting Muslim groups and the actor. The meeting is being attended by some representatives of the Muslim organisations, Chandra Haasan, brother of Kamal Haasan, and state Home Secretary. The Commissioner of Police, S George, is also attending.

Actor-director Kamal Haasan with actress Pooja Kumar addresses a press conference in Mumbai.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha addressing the media at state secretariat in Chennai.

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Actor-director Kamal Haasan with actress Pooja Kumar addresses a press conference in Mumbai.

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In this Feb 01, 2012 file photo, actor Kamal Hasan handing over a cheque for rupees 15 lakh to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as contribution to the state government's Thane cyclone relief fund, in Chennai. Facing all-round criticism for the ban on Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today strongly defended the action, citing threats of violence but said her government would facilitate an amicable settlement if both the actor and Muslim groups come together.

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Members of the Muslim community protest against the release of Kamal Haasan's movie Vishwaroopam in Madurai.

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TV Grab: Screening of Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam in Tamil Nadu has been deferred again with the Madras High Court today setting aside a single judge's order giving the green signal for the release even as the actor agreed to delete certain scenes considered offensive by Muslim outfits.

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People out side a theatre where Kamal Hassan 's movie Viswaroopam screened after its release in Karnataka, in Bengaluru.

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File: Suspense over the release of actor- filmmaker Kamal Haasan's mega budget Vishwaroopam today continued as the Madras High Court deferred till tomorrow its order on his plea questioning the Tamil Nadu government's ban on screening the controversial film, opposed by Muslim groups.

Actor-director Kamal Haasan's controversial movie Vishwaroopam, facing a two week-ban in Tamil Nadu due to its alleged anti-Muslim content, was released in more than 80 theatres in Kerala today.

Pakistani religious leaders of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam lead a rally in Peshawar, Pakistan. The demonstrators called for the resumption of protests against an anti-Islamic film made in the US what they called insulted Islam.

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Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami, hold up the party's flag during a rally against a film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami, burn a representation of a U.S. flag, during a rally against a film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, in Karachi, Pakistan.

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policemen create a barricade at the end of an over bridge leading to the U.S. Consulate anticipating a protest against "Innocence of Muslims," a film made in the U.S. that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata. However, the protestors did not turn up.

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Rapid Action Force personnel patrol a street a day after a protest against an anti-Islam film turned violent in Ahmedabad. Several vehicles were burnt and a police station attacked during a protest against "Innocence of Muslims," a film made in the U.S. that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

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Female supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami, raise their hands during a demonstration against a film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, in Karachi, Pakistan.

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People gather during a protest against "Innocence of Muslims," a film made in the U.S. that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad in Ahmedabad.

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People shout slogans during a protest against "Innocence of Muslims," a film made in the U.S. that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad in Ahmedabad.

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A government vehicle in flames during a protest against a US-made anti-Islam film and the publication of blasphemous cartoons in France, in Ahmedabad.

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Police personnel run away after protesters burnt a police station during a protest against a US-made anti-Islam film and the publication of blasphemous cartoons in France, in Ahmedabad.

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