Hangout: Prakash Jha and Ekta Kapoor on how they teamed up for Lipstick Under My Burkha
On this episode of hangout, Ekta Kapoor and Prakash Jha discuss collaborating on Lipstick Under My Burkha
Lipstick Under My Burkha — directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, produced by Prakash Jha and distributed by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Motion Pictures — had a tough road to a theatrical release. First it battled censorship, then (until Ekta Kapoor stepped in), finding a distributor seemed impossible.
When the film released, however, the appreciation that came its way more than made up for those initial bumps.
Speaking with host Renil Abraham on an episode of Hangout, Prakash Jha said, of how the collaboration with Ekta Kapoor happened: "It was just an instinct. Somehow after the film was done, and the product was doing well (in terms of the reaction from the audiences nationally and internationally), I felt that the corporate houses we were trying to collaborate with, didn't have the kind of passion that this project needs. Finally, I made a call to his beautiful lady (gesturing at Ekta), saying, 'Will you watch this film?' and she said, 'You asked me to see it, so I will'."
"And she said, 'I loved the film' and I said, 'Okay — why don't you distribute it?'"
Ekta on her part, said she had some preconceived notions about Lipstick Under my Burkha being an 'arty farty' film and was pleasantly surprised to find otherwise.
"I'd set aside an hour to watch it, and I had a meeting planned after, so I came out and told Alankrita, 'I want to finish the film. Can you send it over again tomorrow?'," said Ekta.
Watch the rest of the conversation here:
It's ironic that Lipstick Under My Burkha won the Oxfam Award for being the Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival, but the CBFC refuses to clear it.
Lipstick Under My Burkha has to be certified within a week: FCAT directs CBFC. The film stars Konkona Sensharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in lead roles.
Lipstick Under My Burkha was denied certification by the CBFC as the chief Pahalaj Nihalani dubbed it as 'lady-oriented' and unfit for public consumption.