Alankrita Shri­vas­tava re­futes Cen­sor Board’s al­le­ga­tions

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Shreya Mukher­jee

The cast and crew of the film Lip­stick un­der my Burkha can breathe a sigh of re­lief, as Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Ap­pel­late Tri­bunal (FCAT) has rec­om­mended the Cen­tral Board Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) to let the film re­lease with an A cer­tifi­cate. CBFC had ear­lier re­fused to cer­tify the film, ob­ject­ing to sex­ual scenes, abu­sive words and for it be­ing “lady ori­ented”.

How­ever, Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani, chair­per­son, Cen­sor Board, has said that they are yet to re­ceive any such in­struc­tion

from FCAT. He added that the ver­sion of the film that they [CBFC] watched was dif­fer­ent from what was sub­mit­ted to the FCAT.

Alankrita Shri­vas­tava, the di­rec­tor of Lip­stick..., says the con­fir­ma­tion from FCAT came on Tues­day and the me­dia also had the in­for­ma­tion. “I don’t know how is that pos­si­ble that CBFC didn’t get the in­struc­tion,” she says.

About the al­leged sub­mis­sion of dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the film to FCAT and CBFC, Alankrita says it is not true. “We sub­mit­ted the same film to both the bod­ies. Af­ter FCAT asked us to make vol­un­tary cuts, we re­sub­mit­ted the film. We re­duced some sex­u­ally in­ti­mate scenes by few sec­onds. But CBFC never asked for any cuts — they just re­fused to cer­tify the film. Had they asked us, we’d have done it for them as well.”

Mean­while, Alankrita is happy that her film will see the light of the day. “I hope the de­ci­sion will set a prece­dent for peo­ple that they can make films they want to with­out any fear,” she says.

(Above) Konkona Sen Sharma in a still from the film, Lip­stick Un­der My Burkha

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