This Article is From Aug 20, 2014

Cooking Up a Filmy Storm: Six Controversial Bollywood Posters

Cooking Up a Filmy Storm: Six Controversial Bollywood Posters

The controversial poster of Aamir Khan's PK

Highlights

  • In spite of its watchdogs dodging Bollywood’s sometimes risque attempts to gather publicity, the Hindi film industry on occasion manages to push boundaries when it comes to movie posters. But not without creating a stir in public, drawing flak for its intrepid attempts. Aamir Khan’s PK kicked up a hornet’s nest earlier this month with a poster featuring the actor semi-naked, holding up a transistor for modesty. We give you a list of movie posters which, despite their controversial nature, managed to slip through the cracks.
  • Ram Teri Ganga Maili
  • Touted as a filmmaker ahead of his times, Raj Kapoor let his leading lady loose, literally, with a passion that surpassed his first attempt - in Zeenat Aman film Satyam Shivam Sundaram - in Ram Teri Ganga Maili. Actor Mandakini’s bosoms featured in the poster, veiled behind a wet white cloth, was only a teaser. The movie had her flashing some of those assets in viewers’ faces. How he managed to get it past the censor board’s nose is a conundrum, the gospel to which has eluded many. All we know is, the film worked, in spite of bad acting and a whimsical plot.
  • Ek Chhotisi Love Story
  • Is it a mountain? Is it bun? Oh wait, the little tyke seems to be sliding off someone’s derrier, presumable meant to be that of actor Manisha Koirala (but probably wasn’t). Touted as an ‘innocent’ love story, this film revolves around a 15-year-old boy sexually fixated and going cray cray over his 26-year-old curvy (yet lonely) neighbour. It’s sub-theme of masturbation was a red flag for Bollywood, and this film was too subversive for Indian audiences. So it obviously didn’t do well at the box office. As far as setting off the Shiv Sena’s wrath is concerned, filmmaker Shashilal Nair’s bold attempt won hands down.
  • Girlfriend
  • What better way to create awareness about homosexuality than making a lesbian movie starring two saucy ladies, and adding dollops of homoeroticism, alcohol and eventual heterosexual confusion. Filmmaker Karan Razdan’s attempt at controversy mostly had people pulling their hair out by the end of it, but the man deserves a pat for pushing a poster which generated enough intrigue at least.
  • Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon
  • On the subject of LGBT movies, filmmaker Sanjay Sharma’s risqué attempt at portraying a gay relationship in the film Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon deserves a shout for a) convincing those boys to share a steamy kiss in the movie, b) getting the likes of actors Kabir Bedi, Zeenat Amam and Parikshit Sahani to be a part of this project, and c) attempting to come up with a sequel in 2015. The poster of the film had tongues wagging over the subject of nudity, but in spite of all the attention it generated, the movie failed to impress.
  • Hate Story
  • The poster of this movie, along with some of the scenes and dialogues, sent the Censor Board in a tizzy and controversy hit the ceiling when the Calcutta High Court intervened and put restrictions on one of their posters. Luckily for director Vikram Bhatt, the film managed to get away with a lot of liberties and turned out to a sleeper hit, surprisingly.
  • Jism 2
  • And finally, actor-turned filmmaker Pooja Bhatt’s much anticipated thriller Jism 2, starring adult film star Sunny Leone, generated enough steam to jet set a turbine not only on screen but from the time the promos of the movie came out. The sensual posters of the movie got flak for not just the risque pictures but for having lifted the design idea from a photo shoot. The film, luckily, lived up to the hype.
New Delhi: In spite of its watchdogs dodging Bollywood's sometimes risque attempts to gather publicity, the Hindi film industry on occasion manages to push boundaries when it comes to movie posters. But not without creating a stir in public, drawing flak for its intrepid attempts. Aamir Khan's PK kicked up a hornet's nest earlier this month with a poster featuring the actor semi-naked, holding up a transistor for modesty. We give you a list of movie posters which, despite their controversial nature, managed to slip through the cracks. (Also Read: PK's not-so-controversial second poster)

Ram Teri Ganga Maili




Touted as a filmmaker ahead of his times, Raj Kapoor let his leading lady loose, literally, with a passion that surpassed his first attempt - in Zeenat Aman film Satyam Shivam Sundaram - in Ram Teri Ganga Maili. Actor Mandakini's bosoms featured in the poster, veiled behind a wet white cloth, was only a teaser. The movie had her flashing some of those assets in viewers' faces. How he managed to get it past the censor board's nose is a conundrum, the gospel to which has eluded many. All we know is, the film worked, in spite of bad acting and a whimsical plot.

Ek Chhotisi Love Story




Is it a mountain? Is it bun? Oh wait, the little tyke seems to be sliding off someone's derrier, presumable meant to be that of actor Manisha Koirala (but probably wasn't). Touted as an 'innocent' love story, this film revolves around a 15-year-old boy sexually fixated and going cray cray over his 26-year-old curvy (yet lonely) neighbour. It's sub-theme of masturbation was a red flag for Bollywood, and this film was too subversive for Indian audiences. So it obviously didn't do well at the box office. As far as setting off the Shiv Sena's wrath is concerned, filmmaker Shashilal Nair's bold attempt won hands down.

Girlfriend




What better way to create awareness about homosexuality than making a lesbian movie starring two saucy ladies, and adding dollops of homoeroticism, alcohol and eventual heterosexual confusion. Filmmaker Karan Razdan's attempt at controversy mostly had people pulling their hair out by the end of it, but the man deserves a pat for pushing a poster which generated enough intrigue at least.

Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon




On the subject of LGBT movies, filmmaker Sanjay Sharma's risqué attempt at portraying a gay relationship in the film Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon deserves a shout for a) convincing those boys to share a steamy kiss in the movie, b) getting the likes of actors Kabir Bedi, Zeenat Amam and Parikshit Sahani to be a part of this project, and c) attempting to come up with a sequel in 2015. The poster of the film had tongues wagging over the subject of nudity, but in spite of all the attention it generated, the movie failed to impress.

Hate Story




The poster of this movie, along with some of the scenes and dialogues, sent the Censor Board in a tizzy and controversy hit the ceiling when the Calcutta High Court intervened and put restrictions on one of their posters. Luckily for director Vikram Bhatt, the film managed to get away with a lot of liberties and turned out to a sleeper hit, surprisingly.

Jism 2




And finally, actor-turned filmmaker Pooja Bhatt's much anticipated thriller Jism 2, starring adult film star Sunny Leone, generated enough steam to jet set a turbine not only on screen but from the time the promos of the movie came out. The sensual posters of the movie got flak for not just the risque pictures but for having lifted the design idea from a photo shoot. The film, luckily, lived up to the hype.