With Censor Board refusing to lift the ban from “Lipstick Under My Burkha”, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha, its chief Pahlaj Nihalani is increasingly criticised for his patriarchal comments. He and his committee refused to give the movie a heads up, and stated,
The story is lady oriented, their fantasy about life. There are continuous sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused under guidelines.
The entire industry stood up against Censor Board, with various prominent faces like Kabir Khan and Farhan Akhtar coming up and supporting the matter.
The major win came across the globe at Glasgow Film Festival, where the movie won the third annual Audience Award! Alankrita Shrivastava, director, received the award from the very handsome David Tennant (Doctor Who Series, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Jessica Jones). She commented,
I am so deeply honoured that Lipstick Under My Burkha has won the ScotRail Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival. Right now, when the film has been refused certification for exhibition in India because it is a women-centric film with a female point of view, I think the award could not have been more timely.
The fact that the people of Glasgow have loved the film is an affirmation of the relevance of the film across cultures and nations. It is an affirmation of the fact that women’s stories need to be told, through the female point of view. This award gives me hope. It gives me courage. It makes me believe that as women, we must continue to tell our stories, undeterred by those who want to silence us.
WHAT A WIN!