The award winning movie ‘ lipstick under my burkha ‘ hits the roadblock with the central board of film certification who refused to certify the film in January 2017 stating that ‘The story is lady oriented, her fantasy above life’. The producer Ekta Kapoor came up with a ‘sassy promo’ with her upcoming movie ‘lipstick under my burkha’ as she wanted the film to reach out to the wider audience rather than being confined to the art film zone.
The film producer Prakash Jha called Ekta Kapoor to watch the film and asked her to whether she would like to distribute. She immediately agreed and said “I decided to distribute this movie knowing that I might not earn profits. Then I was hoping we would get a certificate and that’s when it landed into a soup with the censor board.”
The board was criticised for being regressive by refusing certification to ‘Lipstick…’ as the film was “lady- oriented”.
“The film made me angry. I saw the film and realised we really live in a world where as women we are not allowed to do or say anything. Here was this entertaining movie that spoke about what I think. Why didn’t I think of it? I loved it,” the 42-year producer Ekta Kapoor told PTI in an interview.
She also added “When you wear lipstick for vanity, it makes you look good. A lot of women say they wear lipstick when they want to feel good. I read somewhere ‘there is nothing that a right shade of lipstick can’t fix’. So many acts by us are a form of rebellion.” She said lipstick as a symbol had less to do with vanity and more to do with freedom of choice.