While most of the country will be viewing Shoojit Sircar's espionage film 'Madras Cafe' this week, the film will not be releasing in Tamil Nadu as it has been deemed as 'anti-Tamil' by certain activists. Films in India, time and again, have faced the ire of certain groups which have opposed the release of those films. Here is a look at the other films which have been banned, shunned and stalled.
'My Name Is Khan' is a 2010 film directed by Karan Johar and starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. Shah Rukh triggered protests after he claimed that he was detained at the Newark Airport and released after two hours because his name was Khan.
In 2007 Tamil film 'Sivaji' sparked a defamation and plagiarism row. 'Sivaji' was directed by Shankar and produced by AVM Productions. Rajinikanth and Shriya Saran played the lead roles with Suman, Vivek and Raghuvaran.
'Wake Up Sid', the 2009 romantic comedy directed by Ayan Mukerji and starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma, angered the MNS in Mumbai opposed the use of word 'Bombay' in the movie. MNS had disrupted the screenings of the film.
Kamal Hassan's spy thriller 'Vishwaroop' faced criticism and was called anti-Islamic by certain groups. After facing two week ban in Tamil Nadu, Hassan had to eventually edit a few 'objectionable scenes' to get a green signal for its release.
'Firaaq', a 2008 political thriller set one month after the 2002 violence in Gujarat, was banned in the state. The film went on to win two National Film Awards.
'Aarakshan', the 2011 Prakash Jha film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone was based on caste based reservations and faced severe protests in Uttar Pradesh.
'Jodhaa-Akbar', the historical drama of 2008, was directed and produced by Ashutosh Gowariker. It faced protests in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana.
Above is a still from the film 'Parzania', a 2007 drama co-written and directed by Rahul Dholakia and David N Donihue. The film starred Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika in the lead roles. It was inspired by the true story of a Parsi boy who disappeared after the February 28, 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre. The film was banned in Gujarat.
'Black Friday', a 2004 film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap, earned the ire of some political sections for focussing on the aftermath of the Bombay blasts in 1993. The film was banned in Gujarat.
'Gangs of Wasseypur' (I and II) is co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap and narrates the power struggles between three crime families. People of the Wasseypur village had staged protests at the time of the release of the film.
The song 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' from Dibakar Banerjee's 'Shanghai' sparked a row for some of its lyrics. Tejinder Bagga of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court asking for an interim stay on the release of the film till the makers deleted the offending" song.
Deepa Mehta's 1999 film 'Earth' was part of her Elements trilogy. It triggered a controversy at the time of its release.
'Fire', the 1996 film directed and written by Deepa Mehta, starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das triggered protests from people from some section of society who alleged that intimate scenes between Shabana and Nandita were obscene.
'Aaja Nachle', a 2007 film starring Madhuri Dixit in her first film after six years, stirred the hornet's nest for lyrics in a song from the film.