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Films: Bans and Controversies

‘Madhuban mein Radhika’ Song: MP Minister Narottam Mishra Lashes Out At Sunny Leone And Makers

Dec 26, 2021 Outlook Web Bureau

Narottam Mishra demanded an apology from Leone and threatened to take legal action against her and composer Saqib Toshi if the video was not taken down from YouTube within three days.

Karan Johar Crops out Kangana Ranaut From 'Ungli' Poster, Faces Backlash From Netizens

Dec 02, 2021 Outlook Web Desk

Dharma Productions posted the film's poster on Twitter after seven years of 'Ungli', but allegedly edited Kangana Ranaut out of it, which enraged her fans.

The Unending Censorship Of Faith In Indian Cinema

Censorship of 'I am Joyita', a Bengali documentary, is part of the continuing story of official and unofficial censorship of the arts in India in the name of religion, writes independent journalist Priyadarshini Sen.

Will Join Bigg Boss If Allowed To Speak Freely, Says Band Of Boys Member Karan Oberoi

Sep 29, 2019 Abdul Gani

The popular show hosted by Salman Khan will feature some of the known names of the industry like Koena Mitra, music composer Wajid Khan of Sajid-Wajid fame and TV actor Siddharth Shukla among others.

Opinion: Guardian’s List Of Top 100 Movies Pricks Bollywood’s Content-Rich Era Bubble

A team of film critics from the venerated British daily has found only Indian movie, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) worthy of a place on the coveted list of the top 100 films of the 21st century.

23 August, 2019

Vivek Oberoi To Star In Film On IAF's Balakot Air Strikes


Titled 'Balakot - The True Story', the movie in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu will depict the true facts, story and bravery of the Indian Air Force and their quick thinking, strategic planning with a strong political will

16 August, 2019

Pakistan Launches Crackdown On Sale Of Indian Films, Bans Indian Advertisements


The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has prohibited airing of advertisements for India-made products on television and radio networks.

10 July, 2019

Ekta Kapoor Apologizes For Spat With Reporter; No Statement From Kangana Yet

Outlook Web Bureau

The Balaji statement, issued on behalf of Kapoor, urged the media 'to not let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind making the film'.

19 April, 2019

EC Seeks Report From West Bengal Poll Body On Alleged Biopic Of Mamata Banerjee

Outlook Web Bureau

The BJP had approached the poll panel seeking a ban on the release of the movie till the election process is over.

12 April, 2019

Supreme Court To Hear On April 15 Plea Challenging EC's Ban On Release Of PM Modi Biopic

Outlook Web Bureau

The Supreme Court agreed to hear on April 15 a plea challenging the Election Commission's ban on the release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

11 April, 2019

Supreme Court Imposes Rs 20 Lakh Fine On Mamata Govt For 'Virtual Ban' On Film 'Bhobishyoter Bhoot'

Outlook Web Bureau

The Supreme Court bench said the fine amount of Rs 20 lakh shall be given to producers and cinema hall owners as compensation for violation of their right to freedom of speech and expression.


10 April, 2019

EC Order Stopping Modi Biopic Also Applies To NaMo TV, Says Official


Election Commission official said that the order banning the screening of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extends to NaMo TV and will continue till the end of Lok Sabha polls.

10 April, 2019

Election Commission Stops Release Of PM Narendra Modi Biopic Till End Of Lok Sabha Polls

Outlook Web Bureau

'PM Narendra Modi' biopic was scheduled to release on April 11, the day of the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls.

08 April, 2019

Cannot Pass Order On Plea Seeking Stay On PM Modi Biopic: SC

Outlook Web Bureau

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi refused the plea of the petitioner, a Congress activist, that the copy of the film should be given to him.

04 April, 2019

SC To Hear Congress Leader's Plea To Stay PM Modi's Biopic On April 8

Outlook Web Bureau

Singhvi submitted that the release of the movie may affect free and fair election as mandated in the Constitution.

28 March, 2019

SC Refuses To Stay Release Of Movie 'Ram Ki Janmabhoomi'

Outlook Web Bureau

The film 'Ram Ki Janmabhoomi', directed by Sanoj Mishra, revolves around the controversial issue of Ram Mandir.

06 March, 2019

Pakistan SC Bans Indian Films, TV Shows From Airing On Private Channels

Outlook Web Bureau

Since India authorities banned airing of Pakistani content, PEMRA had to do the same for Indian contents in Pakistan.


22 February, 2019

Lahore High Court Moved For Complete Ban On Indian Films

Outlook Web Bureau

The Lahore High Court has been asked to put a complete ban on trade, exhibition and selling of Indian films in Pakistan in order to reciprocate the ban on Pakistani artists working in Bollywood in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that claimed the lives of at least 40 CRPF troopers.

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

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