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Lipstick cleared for release

The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal has directed the Central Board of Film Certification to allow the release of Lipstick Under My Burkha with an "A" certificate after the filmmakers deleted some portions.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 26.04.17
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New Delhi, April 25: The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal has directed the Central Board of Film Certification to allow the release of Lipstick Under My Burkha with an "A" certificate after the filmmakers deleted some portions.

The board had earlier refused to certify the film, saying it was "lady-oriented" and dealt with their "fantasies".

Lipstick Under My Burkha, which stars Konkona Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak, among others, and is produced by Prakash Jha, revolves around four women who seek freedom for their desires, dreams and aspirations through small acts of courage and stealthy rebellion against patriarchy.

The tribunal, after viewing the film, aired some concerns following which the producers volunteered a few cuts in scenes and dialogues.

In its order dated April 18, the tribunal took the view that the certification board had "misdirected themselves in denying certification on the ground that the story of the film is women-oriented. There cannot be any embargo on a film being women-oriented or containing sexual fantasies and expression of the inner desires of women".

The tribunal said the matter had to be considered in the perspective of the theme of the film, the story, the characters and the overall impact.

"As a matter of general approach, if the aspect of sexual desires and their expression is sensitively handled without bringing coarseness, vulgarity or obscenity, pandering (to) prurient tendencies, then it is not to be disallowed."

While the tribunal has ordered the shortening of some prolonged sex scenes, it has allowed certain cuss words and depiction of sexual acts on the premise that they are "integral and germane to the characters and the story" of the film directed by Alankrita Shrivastava.

The film has been awarded in the festival circuit. It won the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival and the Spirit of Asia Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.