Prakash Jha’s film, ‘ Lipstick under my Burkha’ is denied certification by CBFC

Feb 23, 2017 - 05:56 hrs IST
Prakash Jha’s film, ‘ Lipstick under my Burkha’ is denied certification by CBFC

Prakash Jha’s Lipstick Under My Burkha has come under scanner and not approved for its release . The starcast for the film are, Konkana Sen, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur and is directed by Alankrita Shrivastave .

The film had earlier received Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at Mumbai Film Festival and Spirit of Asia Prize at Tokyo International Film Festival . The film will be showcased on February 24th 2017 at the Glasgow Film Festival and is being applauded after the content has had a clear examination except the Central Board of Film Certification which has denied the release of the film In India citing multiple reasons such as abusive language and women’s fantasies, a woman oriented film with sexual scenes and audio pornography which is a sensitive topic to touch within a particular set of society says the CBFC in their letter.

The story is about four women from different walks of life who live in a small town exploring their sexuality and seek freedom . The CBFC denied the film release on the grounds that certain guidelines in terms of human sensibilities are offended, on the basis of obscenity or sexual perversions that can be avoided and degrading women may not be presented  in any film.

 It is not clear as to why CBFC has concluded that Women wanting freedom or cursing their sexuality is a fantasy?    Prakash Jha is enraged and spoke out his mind that a Country that encourages freedom of expression  ,while CBFC refuses to certify films that bring forward stories pertaining to it and believes that our audience deserve to watch films like ‘ Lipstick Under My Burkha’ .

The film fraternity has shown its support to Prakash Jha on his stand against the CBFC for not approving his film on grounds that have been mentioned in the drafted letter.