The film which has been winning laurels across the globe finally cleared all the hurdles in the country, which it is relevant to. Yes, we are talking about Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha. After battling all the controversies, the film has been cleared by the Censor board with minor cuts. Earlier threatened to be banned in India, the film will finally get a release on 21st of July.
But what is this controversy all about. Unless you are living under a rock, you must have heard about this film in some news or the other. Before we delve more into the controversies the film has been embroiled with, let’s tell you what this movie is all about. Lipstick Under My Burkha, featuring Rana Pathak Shah, Konkana Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in the lead roles, explores the sexual lives and desires of four women, of different age groups, living in the small town of Bhopal. In a country where it’s considered to taboo talk about sex in public, the film obviously touched the forbidden. Revolts and Boycotts had to be meted with.
But even before the general public voiced their opinion about this taboo topic, the Censor board took it upon itself to talk on behalf of them. First time when the film went to Censor board for the certificate, the board refused to even certify it as they feel that the film’s content is laced with sexual scenes and abusive words, among other things. Obviously, this was met with much outrage from the film fraternity and the general public. The makers, led by Ekta Kapoor, who is also a co-producer of the film decided to go to The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which came as a savior. The board was asked to certify the film and the film was then passed with an Adult certificate with minor cuts.
While battling the censor board on one side, the film has also faced a boycott from a group of Muslim leaders in Bhopal. They asked the Central Govt. to ban the film as it hurts their religious sentiments. The reason for their anger was that the film mocked the Islamic culture of wearing a Burkha and showed it in a wrong light.
The film will finally see the light on July 21st after sailing through all the hurdles and controversies. They say, all’s well that ends well, but isn’t it really sad to see that a film which is gathering laurels for our Indian film industry and winning awards at International Film festivals has to go through so much to get a release here in the country of its origin? It’s such an irony!