Lipstick Under My Burkha trailer: A revolt against suppressive society

After battling with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for a certificate, the new trailer of ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was released on Tuesday at an event in Mumbai, less than a month before the film hits screens. The film’s director Alankrita Srivastava, Ekta Kapoor, who is be presenting and distributing the film, and actors Konkona Sen Sharma Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur were part of the event.

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ chronicles the secret lives of four women of different ages, who have been forced to supress their aspirations. They still manage to find ways to rebel.

The over two-minute-long trailer begins with newspaper clippings and news that were published and aired when the CBFC denied the film a certificate because it is “a woman’s fantasy above life,” it has “contagious sexual scenes” and is “lady oriented.” The trailer refers to the movie as the “most controversial film of the year” and “the film they didn’t want you to see.”

A voice asks wives not to try being husbands, a woman is married against her wishes and rebels, a girl is dropped out of college, they are forbidden to use lipstick and wear jeans… the trailer is replete with such things and how the characters go against the patriarchal diktats to suppress women.  

Sushant Singh and Vikrant Massey also star in the film and are seen in the trailer as well. 

The first trailer of the movie by Prakash Jha Productions was out last year, before it got into the mess with the CBFC. Eventually, the makers approached the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) which overruled the CBFC’s decision and asked it to pass it with an ‘A’ certificate.

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is set to release on July 21.