After a long tussle with CBFC, which had infamously cited “lady oriented” as a reason to deny certification, Lipstick Under My Burkha will now release on 28 July, with an ‘A’ censor certificate.
A month ago, the Film Certification Tribunal (FCAT) cleared the movie and directed the CBFC to clear it for theatrical release. Directed by debutante director Alankrita Shrivastava, the film revolves around the story of four women in a small town.
Lipstick Under My Burkha stars actors Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkana Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra, and Plabita Brothakur. Producer Ekta Kapoor has also joined the team as a presenter and pan-India distributor. Earlier, the film’s producer Prakash Jha had issued a statement welcoming Ekta on board the team.
Jha said, “Ekta is someone who has always done some path breaking work and with a lot of her women characters, she’s inverted the power structure on television, making the woman protagonist the epicentre of power. She’s a strong and dynamic studio head. In that sense she has a strong feminist pulse and I was very keen to know what she felt. And as soon as she finished watching it, she told me she and her studio wanted to present it to a much wider audience. I thought it would be fantastic for the film.”
Ekta said she was blown away by the movie’s content and consequently, decided to join the team. “Lipstick Under My Burkha, signifies a rebellion of the mind and is a film that celebrates women and their sexuality. I believe that this is story that needs to be told and wanted to put all the muscle behind a film like this,” she said, as reported by the Indian Express.