Odishatv Bureau

Here are four Bollywood superhits that got interrupted by politics. 

Brahmastra (2022): Unsurprisingly, calls for boycotting Brahmastra surfaced when Bajrang Dal members blocked Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Ayan Mukerji (director) from entering the Ujjain temple because of an old clip in which Kapoor called himself "a beef guy." The movie managed to earn more than 100 crores in just 3 days of release.

The Kashmir Files (2022): A heated discussion resulted from Israeli director and jury chair of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Nadav Lapid, who called "The Kashmir Files" "vulgar and propaganda." Some said he was callous to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. The movie did incredibly well at the box office, earning more than 330 crore.

Padmavat (2018): The historical film by Sanjay Leela Bhansali suffered a long trail of controversies. Shri Rajput Karni Sena, Kshatriya Samaj, Bajrang Dal, and Rajasthan's royalty created havoc on the premise that filmmakers were playing with the history, traditions, and culture of the Rajputs and demanded a ban on the film. Ever since the shooting began, Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have received death threats, the theatre has been attacked, and even the expensive sets have been damaged. The blockbuster earned more than 585 crores.

PK (2014): Helmed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film drew major criticism for everything from the release of an obscene poster featuring a semi-naked Amir Khan to a religiously-hurting plot. Furthermore, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad criticised the film for insulting religious feelings and damaging the theatres that screened it. Despite the ongoing anti-film demonstrations, PK garnered Rs. 278.52 crore.

These aforementioned films flourished and garnered immense success despite an upsurge in political opposition to them. And this is what cinema is all about—no one can diminish its brilliance! At the end of the day, a film ultimately wins or fails based solely on its strengths, even if the social media or some religious or political fans call for a boycott.