CBFC has been creating quite a stir whether it comes to certification or any other function they perform lately. The latest victim of the CBFC fickle thinking is “Lipstick Under the Burkha” which has been directed by Alankrita Srivastava. Though this movie has been screened at an international movie festival and has received a gender equality award, the Censor Board of the biggest democracy has refused to certificate the film.
The movie which was screened in Egypt was based on the lives of 4 ladies who want to get out of the mundane lives and the Censor Board has refused certification because it was “Lady Oriented”. This decision has not gone with many actors of B-town.
B-Towners such as Renuka Shahane were quick to show their dissent at such a decision and so was Farhan Akhtar who urged people to show restraint.
“Lipstick Under My Burkha”,an award winning film directed by Alankrita Shrivastav refused a Certificate for these unfathomable reasons 👇 😠 pic.twitter.com/QZwi3yhTCn
— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) February 23, 2017
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 23, 2017
The Letter Read:
“The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contanious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused under guidelines 1(a), 2(vii), 2(ix), 2(x), 2(xi), 2(xii) and 3(i).”
“Lipstick under my burkha” is a feminist film revolves around 4 women, Plabita Borthakur, Aahana Kumra, Ratna Pathak Shah and Konkana Sen Sharma who need some freedom from their boring lives.
Alankrita stated “It’s a feminist film with a strong female voice which challenges patriarchy. I think that’s why they don’t want to certify it. As a filmmaker, I stand by the story and will fight for it till the end.”
Lipstick Under My Burkha director: CBFCs decision is an attack on women’s rights https://t.co/RWlPOH4iPH
— Alankrita (@alankrita601) February 25, 2017
We were better off in earlier decades because ‘choli ke peeche kya hai’ was allowed when now ‘lipstick under my burkha’ is not.
— Tanvi (@sinpulsive) February 23, 2017