Controversies and Bollywood walk hand in hand every year. This year as well, B-town celebrities made sure to stay in the headlines, but maybe not for the best reasons. Let's take a look back at what Bollywood controversies made us chuckle, frown and roll our eyes.
Ranveer Singh charged after his naked photoshoot
Ranveer Singh's outrageous fashion choices, which often stun the viewers, have made him the target of criticism in the past. However, he decided to drop all the clothes for a photoshoot in September this year! For a picture shoot with PAPER magazine, the actor stripped off completely. A number of community activists even started a campaign to collect clothing for the actor after an FIR was lodged against him in Mumbai.
IFFI jury chief Nadav Lapid and The Kashmir Files
Vivek Agnihotri's The Kashmir Files attracted interest all year long. The movie was deemed 'vulgar' and a 'propagandist' by Israeli director and IFFI jury head Nadav Lapid, which generated a contentious debate on social media. During the 53rd IFFI closing event, Lapid made various remarks critical of the movie that sparked backlash. Some argued in his favour, while others charged that he was callous to the suffering of Kashmiri Pandits.
Kaali Poster controversy
An argument was started when Indian documentary filmmaker Leena Manimekalai shared the poster she had chosen for her movie Kaali. Several individuals were offended by the Goddess Kali smoking a cigarette in this poster. The poster also featured the actress who plays Kali clutching an LGBTQ pride flag and a trishul in her hand. People demanded that the maker get a serious penalty for disrespecting the Hindu goddess.
Sajid Khan’s entry in Bigg Boss 16
The 16th Bigg Boss Season received a lot of criticism against Sajid Khan's participation. Earlier, the director has been accused of sexually harassing nine women during the #MeToo movement. Due to his nomination, actors Ali Fazal, Mandana Karimi, Sherlyn and Saloni Chopra, as well as singer Sona Mohapatra, all demanded that he be kicked off Bigg Boss.
Bollywood actress’ charged in 200Cr extortion case
A charge sheet was filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Rs 200 crore extortion case against conman Sukesh Chandrashekar. During the investigation, the names of famous B-town actresses Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi came out which drags both of them into trouble. Pinky Irani, the Former TV anchor, introduced con artist Sukesh Chandrashekhar to both of them.
Dhanush and Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s Divorce
Dhanush and Aishwarya got married in 2004 and have two sons. Their separation earlier this year broke the heart of many fans. They announced their split on social media earlier this year and asked that people respect their privacy.
The Boycott trend and its effect on Laal Singh Chaddha
Before the release of the film ‘Laal Singh Chaddha,’ Twitter users started trending the hashtag #BoycottLaalSinghChaddha, asking people to not watch the movie. Because of some Aamir's and Kareena's controversial comments in the past, Twitter users dug up their clippings and used them to boycott the movie.