The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) has recommended an adult certification for the film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ which explores women’s sexuality.
The film was earlier refused certification because it was too “lady oriented” and contained sexual scenes and abusive language.
The Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) Examining and Revising Committee had refused certification to the film saying “women in the film are shown in bad light, particularly targeting women of certain community which might hurt sentiments.” Following the CBFC’s decision, the film’s director Alankrita Srivastava and producer Prakash Jha had filed an appeal in the FCAT.
Now, The FCAT has directed that the film be granted certification with “voluntary and some additional cuts and deletions” while observing that the cuss words and intimate scenes shown in the film were integral to the storyline.
The movie tells the secret lives of four women — including a college student who wears a burkha, and a 55-year-old who rediscovers a sex life after the death of her husband.
The film has won the Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival. It features Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur.