At a time when women around the world are fighting for equal rights and pay, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has refused to certify Prakash Jha's award-winning film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, citing it to be a female-oriented film. The film had won the Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality Award at the Mumbai Film Festival. But in what looks like a backward leap in the history of evolution, the CBFC has refused to certify a film that explores an Indian woman's sexuality. The letter sent by the CBFC rejecting the censorship, states, "The story is lady-oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contentious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society." ALSO READ - Shocking! CBFC rejects certification of Prakash Jha's next as it challenges patriarchy?
This has enraged Twitter users, who are taking to the micro-blogging site to vent out their anger at a decision like this. From questioning CBFC’s thought process behind the decision to trolling the Board’s members, Twitter is abuzz with tweets discussing the board's refusal to certify the film that stars renowned actors such as Konkona Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak Shah. The rant has also received voice from industry insiders such as Ram Gopal Varma and Farhan Akhtar. Here are some of the tweets that slammed CBFC for the seemingly regressive move…
What do you guys have to say about this shocking decision? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! ALSO READ - After CBFC refused to certify Konkana Sen Sharma's Lipstick Under My Burkha, the film gets support from a leading NGO
(Text by Ankita Chaurasia)
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