Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, the award-winning Hindi film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ that was initially blocked by the Indian Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for being too lady-oriented and containing sexual content, has now been cleared for release on July 21.
‘Lipstick under My Burkha’, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha is a call for gender equality from our so-called modern society. But what will happen when women protest and fight for what they want?
The film that is already a recipient of more than 10 international film awards along with the Golden Globes nomination, was however not qualified by the film certifying body of India – Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on the basis of it being woman-centric, screening sexual expressions and absurd words.
After being contested at the tribunal court in Mumbai, the film is now slated for an all-India release – though with a length of sex scenes cut.
During a press conference in New Delhi on July 11, filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava, producers Prakash Jha and Ekta Kapoor, actress Ratna Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur, spoke about how films based on subjects related to women are difficult to pursue in India.
“Censor board just stops the film but the ideology we are talking about is to be fought at various levels by various women. I am sure that it is entertaining enough that everyone can go to the theaters and have a blast. So it’s not about the censor board but the subtle biased behavior that we encounter every day,” said Ekta Kapoor, one of the producers of the film.
“People say nothing will be changed even after we make such films because some men are like that only and we can’t change them. But at least we can talk and make them realise that what they are doing is wrong, and we should not stop banging the doors of the society and keep talking about such issues,” added the Indian film producer, director and screenwriter Prakash Jha. “Burkha is a symbol of restrictions and lipstick is an urge to be free. So burkha is our society and lipstick is the dream and aspiration of women,” he further explained.
To support the film, everyone from the cast of the movie to other prominent personalities from the industry joined the ‘Lipstick Rebellion’ movement, and united on Twitter to shut the voices that tell women what to do.
— Aahana Kumra (@AahanaKumra) July 5, 2017
— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) July 10, 2017
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) July 10, 2017
The story that revolves around the lives of four women in India and their journeys to knock off the taboos and satiate their ideas and fancies in a male-dominated society, is finally set to hit the theatres on July 21.