Lipstick Under My Burkha director Alankrita Shrivastava calls CBFC's vindictive screening process

It was earlier reported how the trailer of Alankrita Shrivastava's controversial film Lipstick Under My Burkha gave it back to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which had earlier refused to certify the film as it was too lady-oriented.

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Now, Shrivastava has spoken at length about the CBFC screening process of the film in an interview to Mid-Day. She discussed about the board being personal and vindictive.

The report quotes her as saying, "The Examining Committee was divided in its opinion, so, we approached the Revising Committee. (Pahlaj) Nihalani, who was present at the screening, made me feel like a criminal. Ideally, the CBFC committee and the director should sit across the table and discuss the concerns objectively. But, in India, your fate is declared like a judgment."

When Nihalani broke the news to the filmmaker, his secretary hinted at Shrivastava begging and pleading the CBFC chief to certify her film.

Shrivastava went on to say how men dominate even the kind of films being made in Hindi cinema. While women are encouraged to dress in skimpy clothes, objectify themselves and dance to please the male gaze, they are forbidden to experiment with or express their sexuality in a way that Lipstick Under My Burkha dares to.

Lipstick Under My Burkha stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Vikrant Massey and Rathna Pathak Shah. It is co-produced by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Motion Pictures and Prakash Jha. It is slated to release on 21 July.

Published Date: Jul 05, 2017 11:21 am | Updated Date: Jul 05, 2017 11:21 am

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