Lipstick Under My Burkha wins award at Glasgow Film Festival amidst censorship issues back home

FP Staff

Feb 28, 2017 11:30:25 IST

Alankrita Shrivastava's film Lipstick Under My Burkha may have been refused certification by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) back home but it managed to impress the audience at the Glasgow Film Festival.

 Lipstick Under My Burkha wins award at Glasgow Film Festival amidst censorship issues back home

Still from 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'

The film was refused certification by the CBFC on the grounds that it was too lady-oriented and thus, unfit for public consumption. However, the audience at the Glasgow Film Festival think differently. Screen Daily reports that Scottish actor David Tennant presented the audience award to the makers at the film festival. 2017 marked the third time this award was given away and it is the only award presented at the film festival.

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Shrivastava was ecstatic to receive the award and described it as the will of audiences across the globe to watch the film. Mumbai Mirror quotes her as saying, "Right now, when the film has been refused certification for exhibition in India because it is a women-centric film with a female point of view, I think the award could not have been more timely."

She also dubbed it as a victory of women expressing themselves. Lipstick Under My Burkha is not only a collection of four stories narrated by a female filmmaker but also four stories that stand for women's uninhibited voices. “The fact that the people of Glasgow have loved the film is an affirmation of the relevance of the film across cultures and nations. It is an affirmation of the fact that women’s stories need to be told, through the female point of view. This award gives me hope. It gives me courage. It makes me believe that as women, we must continue to tell our stories, undeterred by those who want to silence us," she said, as per the report by Screen Daily.

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Lipstick Under My Burkha is produced by Prakash Jha and stars Konkona Sen Sharma and Rathna Pathak Shah among others. The makers have filed an appeal against the CBFC's decision in the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, which stands pending as on 28 February.

Updated Date: Feb 28, 2017 11:31:34 IST