Lipstick Under My Burkha, A women oriented film with the theme of feminism fails to get certification from the Indian censor board on the grounds of using abusive language and targeting a particular section of society.
Any content can make it screen in the name of entertainment, but being harsh on the social issue makes it contentious, this is what the case of this film suggests.
While elaborating on the reasons to not certify the film, CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) remarked, “The story is lady-oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contentious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society,” reported the Mirror India.
Lipstick under my Burkha has won the Oxfam Award for the Best Film on Gender Equality, at Mumbai Film Festival and Spirit Asia Award at Tokyo Film Festival.
Alankrita Shrivastava, who directed the film is of the opinion that movie is hitting the patriarchy and raising voice for feminism that’s why it is not getting the green signal.
There is no doubt that art always reflects the society and so the films. If barricades are put before the art how it is going to let loose the voices against social taboos through it. Showing bold scenes, violence and even abusive language is not something new in Bollywood. The action just proofs that kissing scenes in films are not what define boldness, but bringing out actual social issues is what makes any censor board committee to jeopardize the certification for any movie