Laal Singh Chaddha, another film starring Aamir Khan, has already generated criticism. LSC, Indian version of the cult movie Forrest Gump, which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, is the subject of numerous tweets urging a boycott. Old comments made by both of these stars are being dredged up, and they are being blamed for the #BoycottBollywood craze.
A more recent practise is to boycott Bollywood movies even before they are released in theatres. More individuals in India have been upset by movies than by genuine violations, from nudity in movie advertisements to dream sequences that don’t exist.
Here are other movies people ‘boycotted’ for unfounded reasons:
My Name Is Khan:
The film, which was directed by Karan Johar and starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, was boycotted by the Vishva Hindu Parishad, and it was never even released. Shah Rukh’s unhappiness over Pakistani cricketers’ absence from the Indian Premier League sparked the subsequent controversy.
“To mark protest against SRK for his advocating cause of Pakistan, the movie should be boycotted by the every true Indian”, Togadia had said.
Shah Rukh had later tweeted that he was sad to see his statement being misconstrued. “Sad my statements are seen as a stand against a group instead of a stand for myself and my individuality. Differences in ideology should be grounds for debates and discussion. A must for freedom of thought. To see it any other way is so unfortunate,” the superstar had written.
The Rajkumar Hirani movie’s first movie poster showed a naked Aamir Khan in the lead role, holding a well placed radio set. That was sufficient to call the moral police, who then filed FIRs against the actor. In addition, after the movie’s premiere and the exposure of its themes of religious critique, there were strident requests from a number of Hindu leaders to boycott the movie. The film should be boycotted by the public, Baba Ramdev suggested, because it denigrates Hindu culture.
“These days any random person comes up with objectionable statements against Hindu religion. It seems like big personalities are fond of insulting Hindu deities”, Ramdev had stated.
The film went on to become a blockbuster.
Lipstick Under My Burkha:
The Central Board of Film Certification, as well as religious organisations and the general public, all voiced opposition to Alankrita Srivastava’s second film, stating it had “abusive remarks and audio pornography” and had themes that were “very lady-oriented.” Religious organisations lobbied for a boycott even more once the movie’s Adult classification was officially given. The film “damaged” the community’s religious sentiments, according to the All India Muslim Tehwar Committee, which requested the Centre to outlaw it.
Kiran Rao spoke out in 2015 about feeling insecure in India due to the nation’s rising intolerance for minorities. The same feelings were also expressed by her ex-husband, Aamir Khan. The fact that Indians were outraged and labelled Aamir and Kiran as “anti-national” proved that both of them were correct. In light of the actor’s next movie, his posters and effigies were burned, and the hashtag #BoycottDangal was trending on social media. Now that these tweets have resurfaced, he is the target of another another boycott.
When discussing the boycott of Bollywood films, Padmaavat by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an essential reference point. The movie was being criticised for purportedly including a dream sequence in which Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji is acquainted with Hindu monarch Padmavati, courting dispute after controversy.
Bhansali repeatedly clarified that there was no such dream sequence in the movie, but the Karni Sena nonetheless attacked him, damaged the sets, and staged ferocious protests in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. Even worse, a BJP minister made a generous reward offer for the beheading of the film’s director and key actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
A specific segment of the crowd desired to boycott the movie. The hashtag #BoycottGangubaiKathiawadi became popular on social media. Sushant Singh Rajput lovers started to avoid the movie after the Gangubai Kathiawadi trailer was out. They even continued by claiming that Alia Bhatt was the wrong pick for the movie. According to some, Alia Bhatt shouldn’t even be in the movie because she can’t carry off the part of Gangu. Kangana Ranaut was favoured by the audience to portray Gangubai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie. However, the film was a massive box office hit.