Hindi cinema is historically known for sidelining its female leads. But 2017 was different.
The film is imperfect but has the power to engage the audience in its characters’ struggles.
The women in the movie may be strong and funny when they are in their secret lives but they make almost no push for empowerment in their oppressive lives.
Rosie in ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ exists because there is an enforced denial of desire in the world.
The film benefits from the director’s light touch and solid performances by the actors.
Indian censors are far more liberal than in many other countries, says the controversial censor board chief.
‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ follows the lives of four women with sartorial, professional, spousal and sexual desires in small-town Bhopal.
The provisions of these laws, Amol Palekar has said, have not been questioned in the last 47 years and have failed to keep up with the times.
According to director Dakxin Chhara, Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani told him, “PM ka radio show hai, delete the line.”
Pahlaj Nihalani, with his love for the Modi government and its agenda, has chosen to take the ultra-conservative view in banning this film.
After Oscar-nominated ‘Moonlight’, the Indian Censor Board has found its latest victim. This time, it’s award-winning film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, directed by Alankrita Srivastava and produced by Prakash Jha.