In Bollywood, a name is enough to arouse controversy. Though movie titles are just a short description of what’s inside, films often face controversy because of their titles that even force the makers to change them.
Here are 10 incidents when the book was judged by its covers. Take a look…
From Loveratri to LoveYatri, the makers decided on a name change to avoid any sort of backlash. Salman Khan took his social media to announce the new name of the movie while explaining it not a spelling mistake!
Sanjay Leela Bhansali seems to be the only Bollywood director who has a knack of poking controversy every now and then. Based on Rajput king Ratan Singh and his beautiful queen Rani Padmavati, the movie had a rendezvous with a huge protest from the Rajput community and its release was banned. Finally after some cuts, and changing the name, the movie got released.
Not just Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was also at the front of the controversy gun, a couple of years back in 2013. His hindi take on Romeo-Juliet love story was named Ram-Leela that sparked protest from the hindu community stating that the name was hurting religious sentiments. Later the movie was named as Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.
Not just Bhansali, Shah Rukh Khan’s Billu too had a run with controversy. Earlier, the movie was named Billu Barber, which the barber community of India did not take politely. Their protest made the makers remove ‘Barber’ from the title.
Set on the backdrop of a city in Northern province of Sri Lanka, this movie by Shoojit Sircar was previously named Jaffna. But the neighbouring island nation didn’t quite approve to launch the movie with this name. Later, Sircar changed the movie’s name to Madras Cafe.
More than controversy, the name change of this movie was done to comply with the Indian culture. This movie was initially titled Saali Kutiya but when it went to CBFC for certification, the Pahlaj Nihalani led board ordered for a name change as it sounded too offensive to them. The makers then named it Katti Batti.
Another one of Prabhu Deva’s ventures, R…Rajkumar was first named Rambo Rajkumar which got into trouble. The makers of the Rambo series claimed that they had copyrighted the name and it could not be used by others. And so, Rambo Rajkumar became R…Rajkumar.
Vashu Bhagnani’s movie, Youngistaan ran into trouble when PepsiCo sent him a legal notice to change the title of his movie with immediate effect. After some time a settlement was made between the soft drink brand and filmmaker and Youngistaan was allowed to keep its name.
Udta Punjab got itself in a whole lot of trouble because of highlighting the drug issues we’re facing up North. The censor board suggested a whopping 89 cuts and had also asked the makers to drop ‘Punjab’ from the title. However, Anurag Kashyap took the matter to court and got to reduce the number of cuts and stuck to the name.
Prabhu Deva’s ambitious venture, Action Jackson got into trouble when Warner Bros sent a letter to Baba Arts Limited Production and Eros International. According to the letter, Warner Bros had released a film titled Action Jackson in 1998. However the producer Gordon Tanwani remained unperturbed and did not change the title.
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