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In this list, we are going to name the Bollywood films that were blockbuster on the home ground but were banned internationally.

1. Padman

Akshay Kumar’s film that was praised in India for raising questions on taboo around menstruation, wasn’t welcomed in Pakistan in the same way. For some bizarre reasons, Pakistan’s Federal Censor Board banned the film that was about economically-accessible sanitary napkins for women. They cited that the R Balki film was against their culture and traditions.

Padman ban in Pakistan

2. Oh My God

The film which raked positive reviews in India for pushing the boundaries and raising some genuine questions over religion fanaticism, got banned in many middle-eastern countries. It was not allowed screening for hurting the religious sentiments of people. Among those who banned the film also included UAE.

Bollywood movies banned in UAE-Oh My God

3. The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture won accolades for the very talented actress Vidya Balan, but got banned in many other countries. It was based on the real life of actress Silk Smitha who ended her life while battling depression. The film was banned in Kuwait because they found Vidya Balan’s character too bold for their audience.

The Dirty Picture banned outside India

4. Delhi Belly

While the film was inappropriate for the juvenile audience of India as well, it was banned in Nepal for its explicit content. Excessive swearing and few obscene scenes were the ones to be blamed. Not only this, Nepal also banned Chandni Chowk to China starring Akshay Kumar, as it apparently hurt the sentiments of Nepalese community.

Bollywood movie banned in Nepal-Delhi Belly

5. Bombay

Bombay will always remain one of the finest made cinemas in India. The Mani Ratnam directorial despite being critically-acclaimed, saw a tough time during its release. Many violent incidents took place at the time of the release. Citing the religious tensions, Singapore government decided to ban the film in their country. Well, whatsoever, Bombay will always be a cult film for Bollywood buffs.

Bollywood movie banned in SIngapore- Bombay

6. Fiza

A fictional story of a man went rogue, Fiza courted controversies for all the wrong reasons. In the film, Hrithik Roshan’s character was shown a Muslim middle-class man who elopes his home to become a militant. Malaysia banned the film saying that a Muslim cannot be a terrorist, contrary to what most of the Bollywood films portray.

Hindi movies banned outside India-Fiza

7. Baby

Do we even need to explain why this Akshay Kumar blockbuster was banned in Pakistan? If you haven’t watched the film (feel sorry for you), this film is about R&AW and how they go on a covert mission in Dubai to catch the infamous Pakistani terrorist. The Pakistan censor board banned the film because it apparently showed Pakistan in poor light.

Hindi movies banned in Pakistan-Baby

8. Raanjhanaa

It seems like our neighbouring country is at their feet when it comes to banning our films. The movie which is basically a romantic saga between two Banaras teenagers offended them. The Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush-starrer film was about a boy (Hindu) was chased a girl (Muslim) till his last breath. The film worked well in India and nobody had any issues with it (at least not any religious one). But Pakistan had issues with Sonam Kapoor’s character who fell in love with two Hindu men. Thus, the film was banned across Pakistan.

Raanjhanaa- banned outside India

9. Agent Vinod

The Saif Ali Khan starrer found itself in soup in Pakistan. The Pakistani censor board banned the film for showing the country in poor light.

Bollywood movie ban outside India- Agent Vinod

10. Tere Bin Laden

As the name suggests, the film was banned in Pakistan. It was based on the controversial issue of Al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden who was killed by US’ covert mission.

Bollywood movies banned in Pakistan- Tere Bin Laden

11. Bangistan

Another one to be banned by our neighbours. The film was a satire on the life of two suicide bombers, which was apparently offensive to Pakistan.

Bollywood movies banned in Pakistan

12. Udta Punjab

The film courted a lot of controversies even for its name. In Pakistan, it was banned for using abusive language. In the opening scene itself, Punjabi youngsters are seen obtaining cocaine from their neighbours that were apparently Pakistanis.

Udta Punjab banned outside India

13. Neerja

Based on real life, Neerja showcases the life of Air Hostess Neerja Bhanot who sacrificed her life to save the passengers of a flight taken hostage by Pakistani terrorists.

Bollywood movies abroad-Neerja

14. Dishoom

This Varun Dhawan and John Abraham starrer was a film about an Indian batsman going missing. This light-hearted comedy wasn’t liked by Pakistani censor board. They alleged that the film showed Pakistan in a poor light.

Bollywood movies banned outside India

15. Phantom

According to the reports, the film was banned because the Pakistani terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed thought the film portrayed him in a bad light in connection to Mumbai terror attack.

Movie banned outside India-Phantom

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