Lipstick Under My Burkha wins against regressive social norms
Award Winning movie ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ has been recommended for approval by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). The tribunal has asked Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to grant an ‘A’ certificate with “voluntary and some additional cuts and deletions”.
On 23rd February, the CBFC had refused certification to the film on the grounds that the movie is “lady-oriented” and contains “contentious sexual scenes, abusive words [and] audio pornography.”
In response Oxfam India CEO Nisha Agrawal said:
“We are delighted that Lipstick Under My Burkha has been granted approval for screening in India, though it is unfortunate that the filmmakers had to fight for the release of the film. The decision is a victory for those challenging regressive gender based social-norms and deep rooted patriarchy in our society. It’s release will provide an opportunity to a larger audience to experience the power and perspective of lady-oriented films.”
The film, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha, was conferred the Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality Award in October last year at the Mumbai Film Festival. The award category focused on films that challenge gender-based social norms which lead to gender inequality, and hence to the global pandemic of violence against women.
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