Staying true to its reputation, the Censor board has denied certification to Alankrita Shrivastava's film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, citing the film to be 'lady oriented.'
Directed by Prakash Jha and starring Konkana Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak Shah, the film is a feminist drama exploring the sexual escapades of four women living in a small town, rebelling in their own ways against their conventional identities and patriarchal doctrines.
Slamming the notions of suppressed sexuality expected from a woman, the film is a "feminist film with a strong female voice which challenges patriarchy." Director Alankrita Shrivastave thinks 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,” She tells Mumbai Mirror.
CBFC Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani watched the film with the Revising Committe after which a unanimous decision was taken to not certify the film.
The CBFC denied certification to the movie, saying "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).”
While the film faces trouble from the conservative Censor Board in India, Lipstick Under My Burkha has already won the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival and the Spirit of Asia Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.