The film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha‘ has gained a lot of attention in the last few months, all thanks to the controversies it courted with the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC). Earlier, CBFC decided to put a stay on the release of the movie in India. It reaffirmed its ruling again in April, claiming that the film was too “lady-oriented”, that it seeped in fantasy and that it could “hurt the sentiments of a certain community”. Of course, the ruling was met with much outrage from the film fraternity and the general public.
But the film finally got an ‘A’ certificate & the permission to release the trailer. Like the poster of the film, the trailer is pretty bold as well. After winning critical acclaims at several international film festivals but in India, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is all set to open Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2017!
The director, Alankrita Shrivastava expressed her joy, “It is a great honour that ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ will be opening the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. While the film has travelled to many parts of the world, it will be screened in Australia for the first time. I am really looking forward to the reaction of the Australian audience. Breaking through the cacophony of mainstream Indian cinema, it is wonderful that there is an Australian film festival that highlights independent Indian cinematic voices. Independent films are telling important stories, challenging the status quo and are important artistic expressions. I’m delighted to participate in the festival with Lipstick Under My Burkha.”
Alankrita and Konkona will be attending and will also talk about their film at the festival. The director said that she is looking forward to the reaction of the Australian audience.
This year, the festival (IFFM), which earned the Melbourne Award in 2016, is all set to screen 60 films in 20 languages. The festival will kick off on August 10, with the opening night screening of Lipstick Under My Burkha, which releases in India on July 21.