6 Bollywood controversies that grabbed the headlines in 2018

Bollywood is an unpredictable place and the controversies related to it proves just the same. So, as we are all set to bid adieu to the year, here are 6 Bollywood controversies that grabbed headlines.

This year has been quite eventful for Bollywood, not just in terms of movies, but in terms of controversies as well. While films like Sanju, Raazi, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and more left us entertained, controversies surrounding Bollywood were also a matter of concern for the film fraternity. Here are six of the most talked-about controversies of Bollywood that took place this year.

1. Sarkar row

The film might have been a hit but it stirred a lot of controversies. Soon after the release of Sarkar, a huge protest was staged against the movie by AIADMK ministers and workers who claimed that it questioned the policies of the government and also was in bad taste. In the latest development, one more FIR has been filed against the director of Sarkar, AR Murgadoss, in the Madras High Court.  

2. Death threats to Salman Khan

With the success of Tiger Zinda Hai, 2018 definitely started on a good note for Salman Khan but little did he know that while he was basking in the glory, he will get a death threat too. According to a report by India Times, when one of the most notorious gangsters, Lawrence Bishnoi, was being produced in the court for extorting and terrorising traders, he issued a death threat to Salman Khan saying, "Salman Khan will be killed here, in Jodhpur... Then he will come to know about our real identity." For the uninitiated, Lawrence Bishnoi belongs to the same Bishnoi community that took Salman Khan to the court for the black buck poaching case.

3. Tanushree’s harassment allegations against Nana Patekar

Tanushree Dutta left the entire nation shocked when she made a big revelation on Zoom TV that started India's very own MeToo movement. The former Miss India and actress revealed that Nana Patekar harassed her on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss... and choreographer Ganesh Acharya also helped him. She also claimed that Vivek Agnihotri, the director of her first film, Chocolate, asked her to strip and dance so that Irrfan Khan could give the perfect expression for a shot. While Tanushree and Nana have both taken legal routes, the verdict of the case is still not out.  

4. The Padmaavat row

The magnum opus of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmaavat, which was earlier known as Padmavati stirred controversies that made the film a hot topic. Right from Deepika’s dance on the song Ghoomar as Rani Padmavati to her performing Johar in the film, everything was not just questioned but heavily criticised as well. Not just various Rajput groups, but Karni Sena as well protested against the film, burning the dummies of Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In fact, BJP leader, Suraj Pal Amu, went on to say that he will give Rs 10 crore to the person who will behead Deepika.

5. Priyanka Chopra stepping out of Bharat

Bharat is one of those films that has managed to grab eyeballs even before it releases. And the first reason for it to hit the headlines was Priyanka Chopra stepping in and then stepping out the film at the 11th hour. While the director of the film, Ali Abbas Zafar, took to Twitter to share a cryptic post suggesting Priyanka left due to her marriage plans with Nick Jonas, speculations of her leaving the film due to the length of her role were also rife. Priyanka quitting the movie after signing it apparently left Salman miffed. However, the actor denied it. He went on to say that PeeCee called his sister Arpita many times to get this role but never cleared her stance on why she left Bharat.  

6. Kedarnath controversy

This Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer has been in troubled waters ever since the movie went on the floors. Initially, the news of Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment selling the film to three different producers without the knowledge of anyone else left people startled. When that issue was settled then news of Kedarnath's director Abhishek Kapoor taking Sara Ali Khan to the court for giving the same dates to Simmba as Kedarnath started doing rounds. As if all these issues were not enough, ahead of the release of the film, several PIL's were filed against it suggesting that it promoted love jihad and also for showing a love story in the backdrop of a tragedy as big as the Kedarnath one of 2013. It didn't stop there, after the release of the film too it was criticised as a result of which it has been banned in Uttarakhand. However, director Abhishek Kapoor has pleaded to the government to lift the ban but no decision has been taken yet.