Feb 23, 2017

Oxfam India supports ‘lady-oriented’ film Lipstick Under My Burkha


The Central Board of Film Certification has refused to certify the film Lipstick Under My Burkha citing the story to be “lady-oriented.”

“The story is lady-oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contentious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society,” reads the letter by the examining committee of the Central Board of Film Certification.

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.

Jury members of the award Oxfam Global Ambassador and actor Rahul Bose, internationally acclaimed filmmaker Shonali Bose and actor Kunal Kapoor selected the movie out of the many national film entrees.

The film was selected as it creatively and effectively takes on marital rape, religious orthodoxy, sexuality of older women and most importantly women taking agency over their bodies.

“It is a film that ferociously challenges the gender based social norms and there is a need to promote and support “lady-oriented” films that break stereotypes about women and girls in India. Oxfam India is proud to have awarded Lipstick Under My Burkha and supports the makers of this progressive film,” said Oxfam India CEO Nisha Agrawal.

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