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Muslim leaders call for boycott of the movie Lipstick Under My Burkha

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Lipstick Under My Burkha, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, was denied certification by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for allegedly being “lady oriented” and containing “abusive words”, reports the Hindustan Times

While Bold Films Like ‘Moonlight’ Win An Oscar, India Bans Ones Like ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ .

The Indian movie revolves about four women - burqa-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother of three and a 55-year-old widow who rediscovers her sexuality. While the subject matter itself is quite interesting, the movie has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Filmmakers Shyam Benegal, Sudhir Mishra, Neeraj Ghaywan among others have criticised the censor board’s decision to refuse certificate to Prakash Jha’s production “Lipstick Under My Burkha”.

The film, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, was denied certification by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for allegedly being “lady oriented” and containing “abusive words”.

Taking an aim at the CBFC, Benegal said, “The censor board should certify the film not censor it. I’m against censorship of movies, to stop any film from being released is not justifiable.”

Mishra questioned the board saying it does not have the right to stop talented and young directors from showcasing their work.

“What right does anybody have to stop imaginative, young talented directors like Alankrita from exhibiting her film. The point is not whether you (CBFC) like it or not... The youth has a right to express themselves,” Mishra said.

 

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