Censor Board Refuses To Certify " Lipstick Under My Burkha"

The film " lipstick under my burkha " is a Hindi film and was screened at the Mami film festival but is awaiting commercial release as the film is not certified by the censor board

Hindi films sometimes go off the beaten track. This is a good thing as it gives directors and serious students to put on celluloid what they dream. one such film is " Lipstick under my Burkha". This is a film produced by Prakash Jha and as we all know he is a name to reckon with in Bollywood. The film was screened at the MAMI film festival in Goa and won rave reviews. it was also screened at the Tokyo film festival where it won an award.

The film is directed by aa 30-year-old girl who is the niece of Prakash Jha and we must

thank her for giving an insight into the thinking of a women's mind. The fact that she has chosen Muslim women is all the more challenging as one realizes that women, Muslim or Hindu have similar dreams.

The Indian censor board has however not cleared the film for public screening and one of the reasons is that the film depicts a minority community and seeing the prevailing atmosphere the censors want to avoid trouble. This is just a conjecture as the film is already screened in Goa and nothing happened.

The film directed by Ms. Shristava is a beauty. It relates the tale of 4 women all Muslims from different backgrounds. One of them is a student, another a beautician ad and

another a housewife and the last 55-year-old widow. All these 4 women live out their lives and have dreams. there are some explicit love scenes and a taboo subject as the director shows the 55 years widow loving a younger man.The film runs for just about 2 hours and for voyeurs it can be a titillating experience as there are some torrid scenes. Considering that the director is a woman and just 30, one can surmise she has a personal touch in all of them.  All in all, it makes the entertaining film. 

Prakash Jha and Ms. Shristava have said they will not accept the diktat of the censor board, which has earlier also been embroiled in controversies. They plan to appeal for a review and if necessary go to court. One can realize tat the film " Udta Punjab" could be only released after intervention by the Bombay high court.

The film has slick editing and superb acting with Kon Kon Sen Sharma being the only known name. SushantRajputt is also there, but its the new girls who steal the show. 


Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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  • raghubirs  06-04-2017
    The title of the film -more than any thing else was sure enough to be red rag to the Sanskari Censors we have. But by inviting ban-ther film will recover cost of production and make handsome profit.This is its USP.Let us hope. Also time to have new and younger Censor Board Chief?
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  • ilovegemni110  16-03-2017
    Here we are not getting it, who's right and wrong? If all women have equally emotions , so why did she show one side perspective? Equality must be considered or there can not be allowed to represent one for all. It is like that every one has hand but they are distinctly different in size. Even we should make them same, we have to reduce them as wrist to make equal.
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  • dks007  27-02-2017
    It is sad to hear these kind of news from so called " developed society " , this movie should be released as soon as possible , it is not good to interfere in freedom of speech or freedom of creativity . I hope Indian judicial system or Government will intervene and allow the movie to be released.
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