CBFC’s denial to release award-winning Lipstick Under My Burkha raises a pertinent question about its ‘sanskari’ chief. A Mumbai Mirror report claims that CBFC has refused to pass the film because “the story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life”, “contanious [sic] sexual scenes”, and “audio pornography”.
Watch the trailer of Lipstick Under My Burkha
Four feisty women from the bustling bylanes of old Bhopal, quietly chase their dreams, rebelling in small ways against the conventional identities they are boxed in. Through the colourful prism of the double lives of these women, the film explores the many shades of female desire.
A college girl struggles with issues of cultural identity and her aspirations to become a pop singer. A young beautician seeks to elope with her lover and escape the claustrophobia of her small town. An oppressed housewife and mother of three lives the alternate life of an enterprising saleswoman. A 55-year-old widow rediscovers her sexuality through a phone romance.
Caught in a conservative society, these women set forth to break the mould, in search of a little freedom.
See How Twitter reacted after CBFC refused to pass the film
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 23, 2017
— Priya Sometimes (@PriyaSometimes) February 24, 2017
High time the govt takes away powers of the CBFC to 'censor' movies. CBFC must only give ratings according to age. #LipstickUnderMyBurkha
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) February 24, 2017
Change the script to a woman doing daily chores, subject her to eve teasing, add a rape scene, get her to gyrate and voila. It'll pass. https://t.co/vpMJFiRT8U
— Caralisa Monteiro (@runcaralisarun) February 23, 2017
— Trisha Shetty (@TrishaBShetty) February 24, 2017
It seems that CBFC turns a blind eye when women are explicitly objectified in movies but are quick to ban it the moment there is a film with a female voice