Over the recent times, Bollywood has been opening up about female sexuality and doing a wide range of movies that revolve around feminism and sex. Sex and everything related to it has been seen as a taboo in the society.
But over the years, Bollywood has spoken up about female sexuality. From masturbation scenes to the passion of female sex-workers, Bollywood has explored quite a lot. Gone are the times when the Bollywood actresses portrayed the 'abla naaris' on screen. Now, more and more movies are made on feisty, fiery and opinionated women.This movie has been quite controversial, as it was not allowed to release in India for a while because of the sensitive language and the explicit content. But, after a few cuts, when the movie hit the box office, it was received well by the box office. It is about four feisty women in small-town India try to chase their little dreams and desires through secret acts of rebellion.
In the recent interview, they talk about challenges and the controversies revolving around the movie. The cast of Lipstick Under My Burkha speak about the driving force of their much-awaited and controversial movie. Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was reportedly dropped at the last minute from the list of movies to be screened at ‘India and the World: The Changing Narrative’ film festival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) (formerly Prince of Wales Museum) in Mumbai last weekend. Curated by screenwriter Anuraadha Tewari, the fest featured films such as ‘Newton’, ‘Mukti Bhawan’, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ and ‘Ajji’ in its lineup. Alankrita Shrivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, that explores women’s sexuality, was reportedly replaced by ‘Lagaan’.According to a report in Indian Express, the museum raised objections to the film over its “sexually explicit content” as it could not take the risk of children walking into a screening. The report quotes CSMVS director Sabyasachi Mukherjee blaming “communication gap” for the issue.
After a long fight with Censor Board, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was finally released on July 28, 2017. The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) had directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to grant an ‘A’ certificate to the Prakash Jha-produced movie. The board had earlier refused certification to the film, saying that it was “lady oriented” and had “sexual scenes, abusive words”.Producer Ekta Kapoor had come on board as a presenter and pan-India distributor of the film.'Lipstick Under My Burkha' won the Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam Award for the Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival.
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