Finally, after much controversy, debutante Alankrita Shrivatava’s movie Lipstick Under My Burkha is set to release on July 21. This movie has gained a lot of attention and won several accolades abroad, but gained little recognition in India due to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) banning it. Even before its official release, it has already won 10 international film festival awards. Trust the Censor Board to make crappy decisions!
This movie is about four women living in Bhopal who try to explore their sexuality in different ways. An ageing widow re-discovers her sexual fantasy over phone conversations, a housewife and mother of three yearns for employment, a small-town girl’s reluctance to enter a wedlock that she doesn’t approve of, and a college girl’s aspiration to become a pop sensation.
This movie shows the struggle women face on a regular basis in a patriarchal society like ours.
Although there are many unconventional films like this made all the time, but unfortunately they are never released due to the bizarrely rigid rules of the CBFC. They are afraid that portraying a woman as “independent and strong” will encourage other women to follow suit, which is unacceptable, right?!
Yes, this is the kind of society we live in, one that suppresses their women in the name of “social justice”. This is one of those movies (like Angry Indian Goddesses and Pink) that makes you think about state of women in India, where, despite all its claims of modernity, still allows bullying of women by “socially correct” men. Men who use their idea of moral code to show women “their place.”
According to CBFC “The story is lady oriented and their fantasy above life. There are contagious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography pinsta porn and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society.” All very impotent reasons to not release this movie in India. Kudos, CBFC. Very progressive.
I implore you and anyone else to watch this movie as it talks about a woman’s independence and her desires to do what her heart wants to. It’s a reflection of real life issues untold by society, issues on women’s sexuality and relationships branded as ’taboo’. This movie talks quite openly on these issues, not shying away from exposing the oppression of patriarchy on women that has been dormant for so many years. Let’s set ourselves a date for July 21, 2017?
Check out this amazing trailer and do support this movie, because India needs more such reality films which cause an uproar!