Lady-oriented movie (as referred to by the Censor Board of India), Lipstick Under My Burkha finally gets clearance by an appeals tribunal and is all set to release on 28th July. Ekta Kapoor will be presenting it.
Earlier this year, the future of the film was uncertain because of the glitches the Censor Board had introduced, highlighting it contained “abusive words, audio pornography, and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society”, implying it might offend Indian Muslims.
“There cannot be any embargo on a film being women oriented or containing sexual fantasies and expression of the inner desires of women,” the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) said, as opposed to the CFBC.
The story encircles the life of four small town Indian women, portrayed by Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkana Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur , who laugh and cry, who are flawed and funny, who have desires and dreams of their own. Women who are struggling to gain agency over their own lives and bodies. Women who are unhindered in their quest to understand and explore their sexuality. In short, real women.
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Rhetorically, Indian Cinema raises no questions to the “item-song” culture, with hundreds of men ogling at the dancing female. Objectifying women is totally cool, as long as women don’t come upfront about their own intimate desires, because then it would be obscene.
While the decision is one step ahead in the direction of progressive Indian mentality, the FCAT accepted some cuts offered by the film-makers, ordered that the length of some sex scenes be reduced, and asked for a reference to “prostitutes” to be removed. The movie shall be released with an A certificate, and suitable to be watched by anyone over 18.
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The film won the Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam Award for the Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival.
Lipstick Under My Burkha Is Finally Releasing. Waiting for it already, are we?