Recently, the makers of Alankrita Srivastva’s Lipstick Under My Burkha came up with an unique poster, showing a middle finger with a lipstick designed on it. Soon, the speculation began that it was a display of rebellion against the censor board.
Apart from the fact that the film deals with stories of four women trying to explore their sexuality, Lipstick Under My Burkha also garnered attention for its fight with the censor board. CBFC initially refused a certificate to pass the film, saying that the film portrays “women in bad light.”
However, just a month ago, the country’s Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), decided that the film can be issued an adult certificate. Thus, the makers announced the film’s release date as July 21.
But now producer Ekta Kapoor clears entire buzz about the middle finger saying, “the message is not for the board but for the society, who has on many levels asked the woman to prove her ‘womanhood’ and ‘morality.”
Speaking at the film’s official trailer launch, Ekta said, “I have no issue with CBFC. My problem is with the society, which talks about the same thing but in its own way. So, CBFC is mirroring the society. We will trivialise this whole thing if we make it about CBFC. It’s a larger issue. If you talk to a woman she will give you at least five incidents in a day, 5-10 in a month for sure where she had to give proofs of being a ‘woman’, maybe at a male-dominated work place or when she has to try to come across as a smarter because she is good looking.