11 most controversial movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
Art imitates life in movies. It imitates the good, the bad and the ugly. The ugly in many cases is laced with controversies that exist beyond the theatrical experience of a film. It can be fuelled by the blindingly obvious social flaws in a film (as it did for Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh) or downplaying the very many versions of the truth (as it did in Tiger King, according to Carole Baskin). It can also be sparked by a rumour or a strife on the sets of a film, thereby making it a more intriguing watch (as it has done for multiple Bollywood flicks in the past). Tabloid gossips, he said, she said….you know what we’re talking about, right? Here, we’ve compiled a list of 11 such controversial Bollywood and Hollywood films and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar this week to explore this genre.
1. EYES WIDE SHUT – NETFLIX
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, Eyes Wide Shut is an erotic mystery that stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles. The film follows the life of Cruise, an NY doctor. He learns that his wife, Kidman, desires to be with someone else. Things take a (very) dark and sexual turn from there, and even lead him discover a secret sex cult. Of course none of this is PG- 13. Notably, the film was released three months after Kubrick died and many believe that the final draft of the film wasn’t what Kubrick intended it to be and was vastly criticised for its portrayal of relationships.
2. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE – NETFLIX
The plot of this Stanley Kubrick film revolves around Alex and his gang of miscreants’ horrific crime spree, followed by his capture and attempted rehabilitation via an experimental psychological conditioning technique (the “Ludovico Technique”). Due to the film’s explicit imagery in the form of sex and violence, The National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures rated it C (“Condemned”), a rating which forbade Roman Catholics seeing the film, which was however later abolished. In the UK, the film was linked to a murder and also led to protests outside the Kubrick residence and death threats to Christiane Kubrick, the director’s wife.