Feminist drama Lipstick Under My Burkha has been cleared for a theatrical release in India after the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to grant an A certificate.
The board had earlier refused certification to the film directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, saying that it was “lady oriented” and had “sexual scenes, abusive words”.
Alankrita says she is happy that the tribunal understood the intent of the film.
I am very happy and thrilled that the point we had raised against the CBFC, the FCAT has agreed with us. They understood the intent of the film and haven’t questioned the very basis of why women should have desires.They didn’t ask me to remove any scenes. They have just asked us to reduce a few seconds here and thereAlankrita Shrivastava, Director of the film
The FCAT yesterday directed the censor board to clear the film with “some voluntary and some additional cuts” while observing that the cuss words and intimate scenes shown in the movie were integral to the storyline.
Commenting on the latest development, producer of the film Prakash Jha said “I am very happy for the film, after our battle with censorship, Lipstick Under My Burkha cleared with A certificate and will be released soon,” Jha said.
“I really laughed when I heard the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) decision and the way they had interpreted the whole film. It was ridiculous to interpret a story like that. Our society and all other societies have stereotyped women's existence. Women should look, think, behave, dream or do anything in a particular way which is entirely male oriented. They (women) will be part of our life but the way we (men) want them to be. Women cannot think, dream or talk about their career or satisfaction,” the Rajneeti helmer said.
Our film was a simple story of four women in a very normal, funny conversation talking about their dreams, aspirations, bodies, sexuality, career and then what happened? A male gazing mind oriented CBFC gets scared about how a women can talk about themselves and think. But I was confident that if its presented properly and a set of people look at it with a rational point of view, it will be understood. And that’s what happenedPrakash Jha, Producer
“FCAT order talks about the relevance and importance of the film. Nothing has been asked from the film to be deleted except 10 seconds here or there. Otherwise its a completely reverse decision of CBFC observation and one is happy and confident that you can talk or speak and make such films,” he added.
“Lipstick Under My Burkha” features Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur.