‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ had an elaborate battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for its ‘lady oriented’ content but presenter Ekta Kapoor says they have no qualm with Pahlaj Nihalani as the board is just “mirroring the society”.Speaking at the trailer launch of the film, Ekta stressed, “I don’t have any issue with the CBFC. I have a problem with society. The CBFC is actually mirroring society. We will make the issue very small if we just relate the movie with the CBFC. It is actually a big issue. The film is about an ideology, not about CBFC or men in particular.”
The makers were asked if the controversial, middle-finger lipstick poster was a subtle dig at the CBFC, to which director Alankrita Shrivastava said, “No, not at all! The poster is directed at the system of patriarchy which actually oppresses women. It’s really about being rebellious and fun and wanting to do our own thing.”The recently released trailer, that slams prejudice, has been receiving rave reviews for being bold, daring and hard hitting. “The reason that the trailer has been so hard-hitting is that I have had a very hard hitting kind of a journey. And I think I am done with the niceties,” said Alankrita.
“We applied for the censor certificate at the end of December last year; we got it in our hands on June 3. It took me almost six months to get the film certified. So I think I am allowed to come out with a trailer that’s hard hitting,” she insisted.The movie is about four women who are leading four separate battles for their freedom. And Alankrita feels that there’s a parallel between the story line of the movie and what has actually happened to the film even before its release.
“Also, what happens to the characters in the story is exactly what happened to the film. It’s like if women want to express themselves, they should be told to ‘shut up’, stay at home and not show their film in theatres.”‘ Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was banned in India for being ‘lady-oriented,’ ‘fantasy above life,’ ‘contagious sexual scenes,’ ‘audio pornography’ and ‘abusive words.’ However, it finally releases on July 21.
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