‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ to finally hit screens next month

Award-winning feminist drama ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha has finally got a release date with Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Motion Pictures coming on board as its presenter and distributor. The film will hit screens next month.

The film directed by directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha, was first denied certification by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which said the film was too “lady-oriented” and had sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and “a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society.”

The makers then appealed to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which directed the CBFC to clear it with an ‘A’ certificate after snipping a few scenes featuring sexual content. However, the release was stalled as it didn’t get a distributor to take the film to the screens.

Now, TV’s czarina Ekta Kapoor, who has changed the face of television with strong female protagonist dominating the story-line and screen space, has decided to back the film to reach a wider audience. Producer Prakash Jha screened the film for Ekta a few months ago and it immediately resonated with her.

Ekta has confirmed that she will be the pan-Asia distributor and presenter of ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’. "Not only was I totally blown away by the content but also felt that it showcased a great combination of accountability and entertainment. ‘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 a story that needs to be told and wanted to put all my muscle behind a film like this," Mumbai Mirror quoted her as saying.

Starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak among others, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ chronicles the secret lives of four women of different ages in a small town in India and their different kinds of aspirations. The film has won several awards in various film festivals, including the Oxfam Award for the Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival and the Spirit of Asia prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

The film is all set to release in India on 28 July 2017.