After the long battle with CBFC, Lipstick Under My Burkha has finally got its release date on July 21. The film addresses women empowerment in its own unique way in the country where its very much needed. Yet, it had to go through a lot of hurdles because of its content. New poster:
Tracing back the history of the film, Lipstick Under My Burkha was originally cited to release last year on October 26. But CBFC Chief Pankaj Nihalani denied its certification because of its sexual content. He said, “CBFC has its own responsibility. Along with a certification body, it has a rule-book with guidelines and Act which works according to it. We have not blocked the title but our objection is to the content of the film. We are in favor of women empowerment as is being talked about but we don’t agree with the type of treatment and projection that has been accorded to them.”
This initial defeat didn’t stop the makers of Lipstick Under My Burkha. They showcased their film in almost every possible film festival and bagged a number of awards. Therefore, CBFC had to rethink their decision and grant it the permission of release.
Balaji Motion Pictures are the producers the film. They recently released the official statement that read, “There are movies that are made with the intent to entertain, to make you laugh, cry, whistle and more. And then there are movies like Lipstick Under my Burkha, that pepper all of these with a dash of rebellion. Taking on the ‘crazies’ who think they’re the guardians of women. Movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha are rare phenomenons, so rare that they deserve more than the accolades bestowed on it, they deserve to be shown to the world with no discrimination on the community, gender, age or social strata.
To all the women who’re constantly being told what to do, where to go, how to be – here’s an answer. It takes balls to be a woman. NOT!
Women cannot be defined by male paradigms. And to all the men who are man enough to let women be… Lipstick celebrates that very spirit. After a 6 month battle with the censor board, after sweeping 10 awards internationally, Lipstick Under My Burkha finally hits theatres on 21st July! The film ‘they’ didn’t want you to watch. ‘They’ called it – ‘audio pornography’, ‘sexually contagious’ and deemed it ‘too lady oriented’.”