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“CBFC Is Uncomfortable With Feminism”: Director Alankrita Shrivastava

CBFC refused to certify Lipstick Under My Burkha because the board is not comfortable with films on feminism, and the ‘female point of view’, director Alankrita Shrivastava said in a recent interview.

The movie was denied certification in February, for being too “lady-oriented” and containing “abusive words.” 

According to a report in PTI, the director said that CBFC had been honest about being uncomfortable with feminism. “The female gaze makes them uncomfortable. They have just stated this clearly.” 

Lipstick Under My Burkha stars Konkana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey and Shashank Arora. The movie is about four small-town women who discover freedom within the constrained lives they lead. 


Alankrita also opined that ‘sexual content’ is not the reason why CBFC had denied certification, but the idea of women taking charge of their sexuality. “What is making them uncomfortable is that women [in the film] feel that they are not fulfilled in these conventional relationships. That threatens the patriarchal order of society,” she said. 

The filmmaker is awaiting a decision from the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) – expected to be out on March 27. 

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