Feminism Makes CBFC Uncomfortable: Lipstick Under My Burkha!


Lipstick-Under-My-BurkhaThe CBFC had refused to certify Lipstick Under My Burkha citing the film as “lady oriented” and called it “pornographic” despite the movie being well appreciated at many film festivals across the world. The director Alankrita Shrivastava lashed out against the Censor Board by saying that feminism and women taking charge of their own sexuality makes them uncomfortable. She said,

“I feel they (CBFC) have been honest in stating that feminism makes them uncomfortable, the female point of view, the female gaze makes them uncomfortable. They have just stated this clearly. What is making them uncomfortable is that women feel that they are not fulfilled in these conventional relationships. That threatens the patriarchal order of society. It’s not the sexual content which is bothering them, it is the fact of women claiming agency over their own sexuality.”

She further commented that the CBFC has waged a direct assault on women’s rights with their decision and harsh words. She said, “What is very scary is that this is a legitimate body, responsible for certifying films, in the sense of being moral guardians for the Indian audience, for them to so brazenly make a statement, which is a direct assault on the rights of women to express themselves, is scary.”

The CBFC also called the film “pornographic” and Alankrita confirmed that her film has no nudity in any form. She said, “There is no nudity in the film. Refusing to certify the film by blaming sexual content is telling. They have certified so many films which have sexual content. The camera in item numbers mindlessly goes up and down a woman’s body with crass lyrics which have no connection with the story. But if there’s that kind of cinema, there should be an even playing field.”