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There shouldn’t be censorship, there should be certification for films feels Prakash Jha

News Helpline | March, 03 2017

Lipstick Under My Burkha is getting into controversy for all wrong reasons.  The film tells the story of four feisty women in a small town in India who try to steal a piece of freedom from within the confines of their restrained lives. Censor board has refused to give any kind of certificate to the film citing the reasons include that it is ‘lady oriented’, it contains ‘sexual scenes’ and is ‘audio pornography’.  During the interview film’s producer Pakash Jha asserted that in India, there should not be censorship, there should be certification for our films.

Prakash Jha who has made socially relevant films over the years like Damul, Mrityudand, Gangajal, Aparharan, Aarkshan said, “for this film, censor board has refused to give any kind of certificate to the film. Last time my film Jai Gangajal also faced similar kind of circumstances in which censor board instructed lot of cuts and refused to give censor certificate. People in the censor board interpret guidelines and rules in their own way and take the decision about the film.”

He added, “I always feel that there shouldn’t be censorship on film, there should be certification on films as sensible citizen of our country understand which film they want to see and which is not”

“I always work on social issues through my films and some time social issues are controversial and truth is hard to digest for certain people but whenever my film has released it has got positive response from the audience as they understand my point of view to make a particular film.”

Lipstick Under My Burkha has won several awards and got appreciation in international film festivals. And for the release of the film we have already applied to the tribunal and in coming days hearing date will be given to us and I hope there will be clarity on the release of the film.”

This film is about four women who live in oppressed society but they have their dreams and fantasies. Some people from traditional otlook opposed the film mainly because they can’t see women who can have their dreams. We live in a male dominated society on the other hand, world has progressing and they look freedom from new point of view. Now women are more open to express themselves in every possible field and platform and our film support this thought.”

He also thanked people from bollywood and outside of bollywood for showing their support to the film saying, “It’s a good sign that people have at least started having a debate on this issue and our film has achieved its cause.

He mentioned that the film will have proper theatrical and TV release after the clearance from tribunal.

Lipstick Under My Burkha is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha. It stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratnas Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Sushant Singh and Vaibhav Tatwawadi in key roles.


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