In a country where woman’sexuality is hushed and whispered, are we even surprised with such an idiotic move? We like to live in an oblivion world and when someone shows us a mirror to reality, we shun it with our bestowed power and ban whatever doesn’t please us.
Meet the Central Board Of Film Certification. It has earned a macho, patriarchal, ignorant and ridiculous reputation in our country. This wasn’t unintentional though. With their actions, it seems like they always aspire to build that.
After being in news for banning Udta Punjab in the past, the CBFC is yet again in the headlines to ban whatever didn’t go with its patriarchal image. “Lipstick Under My Burqa” has been denied certification.
According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the letter of denial reads: “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).”
So, did the committee forget that for some reason this country also consists of women – even if the ratio is a little skewed for that matter? Not just that, these women also happen to watch movies. And fantasize. About life. And Sex too.
Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, “Lipstick in a Burkha” is a production of Prakash Jha. Jha, who has earlier faced the repercussions of CBFC with his movie Gangajal, is enraged with the ridiculous decision.
“As a country we must encourage freedom of expression but the CBFC refusing to certify films that tell uncomfortable stories discourages filmmakers from pushing the envelope. Films should challenge the status quo which is what Lipstick Under My Burkha perhaps does and I believe our audience deserve to watch it.”
Lipstick Under My Burkha has 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.
Alankrita was at the Glasgow Film Festival for the film’s premiere on February 24 when she was informed that her film has been denied certification.
“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,” she asserts.
The decision has obviously irked the film fraternity members and the movie buffs alike.
CBFC now refuses to clear a film dealing w/ female sexuality ‘cos ladkiyon ko sex ke baare mein nahi sochna chahiye. https://t.co/SHVnx9Xfba
— वरुण (@varungrover) February 23, 2017
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 23, 2017
— Neha Yadav (@JustAnotherNY) February 23, 2017
Ah Bollywood, where boys stalking girls is “romantic” but a film about women searching for their freedom is TOO MUCH! #lipstickundermyburkha
— Crash Bandicoot (@ffs1230) February 23, 2017
— pragati arora (@pragatiaroraa) February 23, 2017
“Lipstick Under My Burqa” is a movie about four women from different phases of life who are out on a journey to explore themselves and their freedom. The film has a meaty star cast with Ratna Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in the lead.
Here’s the trailer of the film which has to fight a long battle to come to a screen near you:
No wonder creativity is having a hard time making it’s hold in Bollywood.