An award-winning Indian film has been censored in India for having a feminist slant.
In a letter to the producers of Lipstick Under My Burkha, which has won awards at the Tokyo and Mumbai film festivals, the Indian Central Board of Film Certification denied the film a certificate because “the story is lady oriented … there are sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch [sic] about one particular section of society.”
Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, Lipstick Under My Burkha describes itself as a story about “four feisty women in small-town India [who] try to chase their little dreams and desires through secret acts of rebellion.”
In an interview with the film magazine Quint, Shrivastava said, “Why should a film that tells a story of female desire be stifled? Don’t women have dreams? Why is it okay for women to be shown as mere objects of male fantasy, but not women with agency over themselves? It is about the continued stifling of women’s voices in our country.”