Controversy Loves Bollywood: Aarakshan, Madras Cafe, & Udta Punjab

Dec 14, 2017, 04:26 AM

Since we can’t see Padmavati, we discuss three Bollywood films that have been mired in controversy.

Show Notes:

Padmavati (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmavati_(film))

‘Padmavati’: Incidents that made headlines about the Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh-Shahid Kapoor film (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/padmavati-incidents-that-made-headlines-about-the-deepika-padukone-ranveer-singh-shahid-kapoor-film/Ranveer-Singh-reveals-why-he-cried-during-Padmavati-shoots/photostory/62047771.cms)

Historical Fiction (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_fiction)

Billu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billu), Aamir Khan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanaa_(film)#Controversy), Gunday (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunday)

Trends in Bollywood controversies (https://www.scoopwhoop.com/entertainment/controversial-bollywood-movies/)

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThisFilmIsNotYet_Rated)

Making sense of these controversies

The Wind Rises (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheWindRises#Controversy)

Bandit Queen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandit_Queen)

Shekhar Kapur (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShekharKapur) and Phoolan Devi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhoolanDevi)

“The Great Indian Rape Trick (http://arundhati-roy.blogspot.ca/2004/11/great-indian-rape-trick-i.html)”

Roger Ebert’s Bandit Queen review (https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/bandit-queen-1995)

Aarakshan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarakshan)

Reservation in India (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReservationinIndia)

Equality versus equity (http://culturalorganizing.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/originalequityvsequality.jpg)

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TruthandReconciliationCommission(Canada))

Aligarh (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aligarh_(film))

(INTERVAL (“Ud-daa Punjab (https://youtu.be/Ezsb5afVXQQ) from Udta Punjab)

Madras Cafe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madras_Cafe)

Sri Lankan Civil War (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SriLankanCivil_War) and the

Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AssassinationofRajiv_Gandhi)

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiberationTigersofTamilEelam)

M.I.A. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.I.A._(rapper))

The location of the titular café is not clear in the film

Udta Punjab (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udta_Punjab)

Traffic (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic(2000film)) and The Wire (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire)

Matt on That Brown Guy podcast (http://bollycast.libsyn.com/episode-12-review-of-udta-punjab)

Udta Punjab controversy: How a Bollywood film won a historic battle against Censor Board (http://www.catchnews.com/bollywood-news/udta-punjab-controversy-timeline-how-a-bollywood-film-won-a-historic-battle-against-censor-board-udta-punjab-movie-latest-news-1465824531.html)

Interview with Pahlaj Nihalani (https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/clearing-indu-sarkar-without-cuts-main-reason-behind-my-sacking-says-pahlaj-nihalani-1739488)

‘Udta Punjab’ Censor Copy Leaks Online, Producers File Cyber-Crime Complaint (http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/06/15/udta-punjab-leakedn10480546.html)

Puducherry cable channel airs pirated copy, HC bans 600 online links (http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/udta-punjab-updates-puducherry-cable-channel-airs-pirated-copy-hc-bans-600-online-links-2840376.html)

Deglamourizing Punjab

NEXT TIME: Katrina Kaif is a badass Pakistani spy in Ek Tha Tiger and the new Tiger Zinda Hai, also Salman Khan is there

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