A still from Lipstick Under My Burkha. (Facebook)
Remember the much debated film Lipstick Under My Burkha?
The film Lipstick Waale Sapne (Lipstick Under My Burkha in English) is an Indian film directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha. It came under controversy after The Censor Board of India (CBFC) refused to certify the film, stating that "The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contanious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society".
However, there is good news for those who believe in creative freedom. The film has now become eligible for Golden Globes after it was chosen as one of the official Hollywood Foreign Press Association Screening entries at the International Film Festival of Los Angeles. The Golden Globes is run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and is expected to be held in january 2018.
“We are honoured that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has chosen our opening night film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, to be an official Golden Globes qualifying screening. The director of the film will now have the opportunity to properly plan a Golden Globes campaign should she choose to submit the film for nomination,” Director of Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Christina Marouda said in a press statement.
The film stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in lead roles along with Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey, Shashank Arora, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Jagat Singh Solanki. The trailer of the film was released on 14 October 2016 while the film premiered at the Tokyo and Mumbai Film Festivals, where it won the Spirit of Asia Prize and the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality.
The storyline of the movie revolves around four women: burqa-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother of three and a 55-year-old widow who rediscovers her sexuality.
But while the movie receives more accolades on global turf, the film is not yet realeased in India. Are you listening CBFC?