Alankrita Shrivastava refutes Censor Board’s allegations
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