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From Ram Teri Ganga Maili to Jism 2 and PK, 22 of Bollywood's most controversial film posters

Vineeta Kumar | Updated on: 3 November 2015, 13:43 IST
As in real life, there are two kinds of controversies in Bollywood. Those that are fabricated - with the intention to draw attention to a particular star or a film - or those that are stirred up without assistance.

If the film industry has taught us anything, it is that even a film poster can cause massive outrage. Maybe this is because a film's poster provides a first look of the film. Here are 22 film posters that have remained the most controversial ones in the history of Bollywood:

1. Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun (2010)

The film, based on a homosexual relationship, raised eyebrows for depicting men in provocative poses.

2. Mastram (2013)

The film, about a pornographic writer, raised eyebrows upon its release. The film's poster too drew flak from the Shiv Sena and others. A line on the poster that read "If you don't know about Mastram, please ask your father and uncle about him" was later removed.

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3. Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)

The poster of this Bollywood film - which depicted lead actress Mandakini in a rather see-through sari - was criticised for being indecent.

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4. The Dirty Politics (2015)

The film, which stars a number of actors including Om Puri and Anupam Kher, was promoted with posters of Mallika Sherawat being draped in the national flag. No points for guessing why may not have gone down well with the public.

5. PK (2014)

This Aamir Khan film was one of the biggest hits of 2014. However, the film was drawn into a controversy after the release of its first poster, which depicted Khan nude - with a transistor covering his modesty.

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6. Julie (2004)

The film, starring Neha Dhupia, was based on the life of a girl who became a prostitute after a failed relationship. While the film marked Dhupia's entry into Bollywood, it's bold posters featuring Dhupia's bare back, drew ire.

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7. Billu Barber (2009)

While the Shah Rukh Khan-Irrfan Khan film itself did not have any objectionable content, many people objected to its name - Billu Barber - that was first revealed on its poster. The word Barber was later chopped off and the film was released as Billu.

8. Ek Chhoti Si Love Story (2002)

The 2002 romantic film starred Manisha Koirala and Aditya Seal. The poster of the film showed the female body and went on to trigger a lot of controversy.

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9. Guzaarish (2010)

The poster of this Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film showed the lead actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan smoking while sitting along side actor Hrithik Roshan in a vintage car. Yes, this too garnered criticism.

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10. Zeher (2005)

The poster raised eyebrows since one of the actresses in the film, Udita Goswami was shown flaunting her bare back in the film's poster.

11. Hate Story (2012)

The first film in the Hate Story franchise got instant attention with its poster that showed actress Paoli Dam sitting bare-backed sitting on a man's lap with a revolver tucked away into her jeans.

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12. Kurbaan (2009)

Soon after the poster of the Kareena Kapoor-Saif Ali Khan starrer Kurbaan was released, the Shiv Sena sent a saree to the actress urging her to cover her body. In the poster, Kapoor can be seen baring her back alongside a bare-chested Khan.

13. Jism 2 (2012)

The film that introduced Sunny Leone to Bollywood had a reclining nude female figure covered with a thin white sheet on its poster. While it faced a lot of flak for being obscene, it was also deemed as a copied one.

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14. Blood Money (2012)

The film starred actor Kunal Khemu and the poster showed him sitting in a pool filled with money, surrounded by alcohol and girls in bikinis. No wonder why did it caught itself into controversy.

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15. Girlfriend (2004)

One of Bollywood's early attempts at telling a tale of lesbians, this film starring Isha Koppikar and Amrita Arora drew criticism for its theme.

16. Paap (2003)

The film, starring John Abraham and Udita Goswami, was a hit. However, the Pooja Bhatt directorial received criticism for its overtly sexual poster.

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17. Murder 2 (2011)

Although a copied one, the poster of the film showed the lead actress Jacqueline Fernandez sitting on a chair backless and holding a mirror.

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18. Rang Rasiya (2008)

This Randeep Hooda-Nandana Sen starrer was based on the life of artist Raja Ravi Varma. While the film got criticism for its content, the poster of the film courted controversy for depicting nudity.

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19. Nasha (2013)

One of those films which is remembered just for their erotic content, Nasha marked the Bollywood debut of Poonam Pandey. One of the film's posters had Pandey posing nude with only two strategically placed posters to cover her modesty.

20. Rog (2005)

The 2005 film directed by Pooja Bhatt, Rog starred actress Liene Hamman in the lead. The poster of the film was considered as controversial since it showed the actress in a provocative pose wearing a skimpy bikini.

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21. Singh Is Bliing (2015)

The Akshay Kumar starrer Singh Is Bliing ran into controversy because it showed the actor using the kara to fight out the villains. Kara is an external article of faith in Sikhism.

22. The Dirty Politics (2015)

The film, which stars a number of actors including Om Puri and Anupam Kher, was promoted with posters of Mallika Sherawat being draped in the national flag. No points for guessing why may not have gone down well with the public.

First published: 3 November 2015, 13:43 IST
 
Vineeta Kumar @VineetaKumar_09

Vineeta brings Bollywood fun and intricate showbiz details to Catch/Speed News. She has worked with IndiaTV, Zee News, and is here to provide Catch readers with the best of 'quality entertainment'. A Delhi girl, Vineeta pursued BMMMC from I P College for Women, Delhi University, and craves to know more all the time. When she is not indulging in a serious cinematic discussion over a film she just watched, Vineeta is either reading a fantasy book or polishing her artistic skills.

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