2016 was marred by a number of scandals and controversies that grabbed headlines and were an intrinsic part of the social media debate. So, here’s looking at what evoked strong reactions in the year gone by. 

Ugly spat between Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut

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Their private lives were much discussed about in 2016 when both of them slapped court notices against each other. This was definitely a love story gone sour which began with Kangana Ranaut talking about one of her “silly exes” in a talk show. In retaliation, Hrithik decided to clarify his stance on Twitter after which he slapped a legal notice against the outspoken actress and the rest is history. We definitely hope things resolve in 2017. 


Udta Punjab and the Censor Board

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Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab courted a lot of controversy before and after the film was released. The first was when the Censor Board demanded multiple cuts in the film after which the matter was resolved in a court with the film undergoing only one cut. Next was when the makers of Udta Punjab were accused of plagiarism after it was discovered that there were a lot of similarities between the film and High Society, a novel by Ben Elton.


Rakhi Sawant Wears an Unusual Dress

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Rakhee Sawant, who is very vocal about her admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took her patriotic feelings to another level by adorning a dress with an image of the Prime Minister in it. Just that the image was strategically placed in an awkward way, evoking strong reactions from Modi fans and others who were utterly outraged.


Fawad Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

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Karan Johar had to create a video to prove his patriotism to fellow Indians when his film fell under massive scrutiny and received criticism for featuring Pakistani heartthrob, Fawad Khan. The situation arose when Pakistan-backed terrorists attacked Indian soldiers in Uri.


Salman Khan Rape Remark

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Salman Khan definitely landed in hot soup after he suffered a foot-in-mouth moment, which is quite common with the actor. But this time, he likened the rigorous training in Sultan to a feeling of being raped, which was definitely an outrageous thought, let alone a statement.


Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi’s Name Evokes Strong Reactions

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This is a recent controversy that brewed a storm in Bollywood. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan named their son Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi and that was enough to create a social media backlash.