Shyam Benegal, Sudhir Mishra, Neeraj Ghaywan and many others have criticised the censor board’s decision to refuse certificate to Prakash Jha’s production “Lipstick Under My Burkha”.
Thhe examining committee of the Central Board of Film Certification committee had refused to certify Alankrita Shrivastava-directed movie Lipstick Under My Burkha citing reasons “he story is lady-oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contentious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society.”
Taking an aim at the CBFC, Benegal said, “The censor board should certify the film not censor it. I’m against censorship of movies, to stop any film from being released is not justifiable.”
“What right does anybody have to stop imaginative, young talented directors like Alankrita from exhibiting her film. The point is not whether you (CBFC) like it or not… The youth has a right to express themselves,” Sudhir Mishra was quoted by Times of India as saying.
Masaan director Neeraj Ghaywan took to Twitter to express his support to the movie. “@alankrita601’s film #LipstickUnderMyBurkha that won an award for gender equality is being mansplained over being ‘Lady oriented’. Irony!”
— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) February 23, 2017
“I condemn the denial of #CensorCertificate to @prakashjha27 ‘s film #LipstickUndermyBurkha. Its an act of arrogance by Pahalaj Nihalani,” filmmaker Ashoke Pandit Tweeted.
Farhan Akthar tweeted:
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 23, 2017
Mean while the film producer Prakash Jha said that the board to should certify the film rather than censoring it. Stressing that the audience is matured enough to understand what is good or bad, Jha said that he will definitely appeal to the tribunal, which is the only option left before him.
Lipstick Under My Burkha is set in a small town of India, is about four women who are in search of freedom. This Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur starring film has already 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.