Bollywood films often challenge a diverse range of complex subjects like terrorism, politics, love conflicts and many others. However, the Hindi film industry has sometimes ended up hurting the religious sentiments of its audiences which has led to a long legal battle in some cases. Lately, Arjun Kapoor's film India's Most Wanted faced the fury of its audiences for a scene that involved Bhagwat Gita and as a result, the scene had to be altered.
Below are a few films that faced legal hassle for allegedly hurting public sentiments.
India's Most Wanted
Arjun Kapoor’s film India's Most Wanted caused some serious controversy for containing a scene in which a terrorist refers to a line spoken by Lord Krishna in the Gita. After director Raj Kumar Gupta deleted the scene from the film, the censor board granted a U/A certificate to the film.
Aanand L Rai's Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan landed in some seriously rough waters immediately after its trailer launch. In the trailer, Shah Rukh Khan was seen wearing the Gatra Kirpan. The Gatra Kirpan is an article of Sikh faith that can be worn only by a truly devoted Sikh. The matter intensified and a complaint was filed against SRK and Rai for apparently hurting the feelings of the Sikh community.
Kedarnath, which stars Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, was a love story set alongside the setting of the disastrous floods that took place in Uttarakhand. Those who were seeking a prohibition on the film accused it of hurting Hindu sentiments and purported that it was endorsing love jihad. Consequently, the film was banned in seven districts in Uttarakhand.
Satyameva Jayate starring John Abraham has landed itself in the midst of a storm when the Shia community members claimed that their religious sentiments have been hurt by a ‘maatam’ clip shown in the film. Secretary Syed Ali Jaffry, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Minority Morcha General had registered the complaint against the producers of the film.