Director Alankrita Shrivastava‘s Lipstick Under My Burkha has been in the news for a while owing to the film’s run-ins with the Censor Board. Like most of their recent objections that have bordered on the absurd, the Censor Board found the film to be ‘too lady oriented’ (their own admission, not ours :)) and hence refused to certify it.
The makers then approached the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (India) (FCAT) which redirected the Censor Board to pass the film with an ‘Adults Only’ certificate.
Interestingly, the makers of Lipstick Under My Burkha have been using their spat with the Censor Board to their advantage by highlighting the same in their promotional campaigns.
The film’s recently released poster sees a lipstick covering for a middle finger and now the trailer begins by showcasing real life reports that dwell on the flimsy reasons for which the Censor Board denied them a certificate. Quite a smart way to promote your film, one must admit. 😀
Lipstick Under My Burkha deals with four women (Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur) and their individual struggles to fight patriarchy, sexism, freedom and create their own identity.
The film which is produced by Prakash Jha and distributed by Ekta Kapoor’s ALT Entertainment will hit cinemas on 21st July.
Do take a look at the film’s latest trailer which prides itself on “being one of the most controversial films of the year” and let us know your views on it.
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Agree! Love the lipstick rebellion campaign that was used to the advantage. This movie opens a can of worms and the satire mocks the system in place.
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