Mumbaikars flay Censor Board decision to deny certificate to ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’

The controversy generated by the Censor Board denying a certificate to the film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ has irked several Mumbaikars and avid moviegoers.

While the Central Board of Film Certification claims that this film talks about women’s inner desires which portrays a wrong image of women, citizens feel the decision is lopsided and that the Censory Board needs to take a broader view on subjects handled by filmmakers and their treatment. 

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was shown in the last MAMI festival and received several plaudits. Veteran filmmaker Prakash Jha and many other celebrities spoke against the CBFC's decision.

Mumbai Live spoke to Mumbaikars about their views. Should we do away with the Censor Board altogether in this digital age? Several Mumbaikars expressed the view that if the CBFC believes that ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ violates women’s dignity, then there ought to be questions raised on films which portray women as sex objects. There were others who felt that while we need a censor board,  good films like ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ should not be banned.

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