Controversies in 2018



#MeToo Movement

Tanushree Dutta once again came out in the open and accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her during a song shoot on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss. It opened the floodgates, and soon (2) there were charges against filmmaker Vikas Bahl which led to the production banner Phantom Films being dissolved. (3)Actor Alok Nath was also accused of rape by a TV writer-producer Ms. Vanita Nanda. Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Anu Malik, Subhash Ghai and Sajid Khan among others were also accused of sexual misconduct.


The trouble which began at the end of 2017, spilled over to 2018 too. Several Rajput groups including Karni Sena protested, vandalised the film sets, and even issued threats to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone, claiming that Padmaavat portrays Rajput queen Padmavati in a bad light. While several states banned the film, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition against its release.  Its scheduled theatrical release on December 1, 2017 as ‘Padmavati’ got postponed in India. It finally arrived on January 25, 2018, with a changed title – ‘Padmaavat’, multiple disclaimers and a midriff covered Deepika in the “Ghoomar” song. The movie eventually broke several box office records.

Sidharth Malhotra – Bhojpuri trouble

Sidharth Malhotra faced trouble during the promotions of his film Aiyaary on Bigg Boss 11. While playing a game where they had to speak in Bhojpuri, Sid ended up saying that he is getting a “latrine-kind” of feeling. Actor Neetu Chandra, whose mother tongue is Bhojpuri, slammed Sidharth on Twitter for insulting the language. She wrote, “So disappointed @S1dharthM some1who is so fortunate 2 work wd d best. Who despite being an outsider has made a name 4 himself,4 U 2 use ur words so loosely.2 disrespect #Bhojpuri on national TV. SHOCKED! How on earth does speaking in #Bhojpuri gives u a latrine feeling. Shame on U.”

Swara Bhasker – Veere Di Wedding


The actor, known for her strong characters, had a brush with trouble over a masturbation scene in Veere Di Wedding. While Swara received a lot of backlash on social media, the actor shared that she expected to get trolled. Swara took on all the negativity like a boss



The film opened to a decent response at the theaters. And just when Taapsee Pannu’s Rumi was getting a lot of audience love, a Sikh group expressed concern over showing Taapsee and Abhishek Bachchan’s characters smoking, and Abhishek even taking off his turban in an objectionable manner in the film. After a lot of hatred on social media, director Anurag Kashyap issued an apology to the Sikh community. The makers, however, deleted the scenes in question, much to the unhappiness of Kashyap.

PadMan – Plagiarism charges

Akshay Kumar film was caught in a plagiarism row. Ripu D     aman Jaiswal took to social media and shared that he had written the script for PadMan even before Twinkle Khanna announced the film. Ripu said that he had sent the synopsis of the film to Dharma Productions’ creative head and also to Vikramaditya Motwane.


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