The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has refused to certify filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha. The film has been awarded the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality and has been selected for several international film festivals.
In a letter dated 25 January to the producers, the reasons given by the Board for refusing to certify the film is as follows:
“The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contanious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused under guidelines 1(a), 2(vii), 2(ix), 2(x), 2(xi), 2(xii) and 3(i). (sic)”
Set in small town India, the film stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 23, 2017