B-Town slams CBFC decision to refuse certificate to ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’for being lady-oriented.
The ‘Sanskari’ Censor Board is back in news. This time for refusing to certify a film called Lipstick Under My Burkha, terming it to be ‘lady oriented’.
Listing the number of problems with the film, a letter drafted by the board has gone viral online. And apart from the erroneous spellings, the letter states bizarre reasons for not passing the film.
“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.”
Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha, the film has four female leads including Konkona Sensharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, with the story set in Lucknow.
Despite a committee headed by Shyam Benegal which suggested changes in the way Board gives certifications, the film has faced objections. Shyam Benegal stated that while he hasn’t seen the film and doesn’t know what the film is about but no film can be denied a certification by the board.
“There was a committee that the government had set to look into the way certification is done. Films need to be classified not censored. There’s no question of censoring. We are talking of classification according to suitability of age and maturity. No idea if the said the suggestions have been implemented by CBFC.”
Ashok Pandit, a member of the CBFC, called the censoring of Lipstick Under My Burkha, unnecessary.
“I am myself quite shocked to see these kind of words been used in the letter. Tragedy is that a filmmaker like Prakash Jha, who has won so many award, his intelligence is being questioned. This films is not going to create riot in any case.”
Central Board of Film Certification, CEO, Anurag Srivastava, said, “If a film maker don’t agree to what we say they can go to the tribunal.”
Criticizing CBFC’s decision, director of ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, Alankrita Shrivastava said, “It is unfair that women are not given space in society.”
Having made rounds of various festivals, Lipstick Under My Burkha was set to release in India this month.