CBFC won’t clear ‘lady ori­ented’ film, Bollywood slams call

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh

You can give the film an A cer­tifi­cate and will­ing and con­sent­ing adults will watch it. I don’t know why they (cen­sor board) are tak­ing de­ci­sions on ev­ery­one’s be­half KONKONA SEN SHARMA, ACTOR Mr. Ni­halini has told me they won’t cer­tify the film. The next step is to go to the tri­bunal ... I will see this to the end ALANKRITA SHRI­VAS­TAVA, FILM­MAKER

The Cen­sor Board’s re­fusal to cer­tify Prakash Jha’s film, Lip­stick Un­der My Burkha, came as a shock to the mak­ers as well as oth­ers in the in­dus­try. A let­ter from the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) cit­ing the rea­son for the de­ci­sion reads: “The story is lady ori­ented, their fan­tasy above life. There are con­tan­ious sex­ual scenes, abu­sive words, audio pornog­ra­phy ... hence film re­fused un­der guide­lines (sic).” Fol­low­ing this, ac­tor­film­maker Farhan Akhar posted on Twit­ter, “Be­low is the rea­son CBFC listed for deny­ing #Lip­stick Un­derMyBurkha a re­lease. Keep your barf bag ready (sic),” along with the let­ter from the CBFC. Film­maker Neeraj Ghay­wan posted, “@ alankrita601’s film #Lip­stick Un­derMyBurkha that won an award for gen­der equal­ity is be­ing mansplained over be­ing ‘Lady ori­ented’. Irony! (sic).”

Direc­tor Alankrita Shri­vas­tava says that they will now ap­proach the Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Ap­pel­late Tri­bunal (FCAT). “I went to meet Mr. Ni­ha­lani (Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani, CBFC chief) af­ter the screen­ing. He told me cat­e­gor­i­cally that they have de­cided to not cer­tify the film. So the next step is to go to the tri­bunal,” she says, adding, “I will see this thing to the end.”

The film, which stars ac­tors Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aa­hana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur, is about the lives of four women from dif­fer­ent sec­tions of so­ci­ety seek­ing freedom to ful­fil their de­sires. Talk­ing about the de­ci­sion, Konkona says, “You can give the film an A cer­tifi­cate and will­ing and con­sent­ing adults will watch it. I don’t know why they (cen­sor board) are tak­ing de­ci­sions on ev­ery­one’s be­half. I feel that the guide­lines need to be ex­am­ined. We need to have more evolved and pro­gres­sive guide­lines.”

PHOTO: MAARTEN DE BOER/GETTY IM­AGES

Konkona Sen Sharma (top); A copy of the let­ter from CBFC stat­ing the rea­sons for the film not be­ing cer­ti­fied

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