Lipstick under my Burkha director slams CBFC, denies submitting two versions of film
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Lipstick under my Burkha director slams CBFC, denies submitting two versions of film

Director Alankrita Shrivastava denies allegations made by CBFC Chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani, that the version of Lipstick under my Burkha submitted to CBFC was different from what was submitted to the tribunal.

bollywood Updated: Apr 26, 2017 15:02 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Alankrita Shrivastava,Lipstick Under My Burkha,Pahlaj Nihalani
Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha stars actors such as Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah and Sushant Singh.

Finally, the cast and crew of the film Lipstick Under My Burkha can breathe a sigh of relief, as Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) has recommended the Central Board Film Certification (CBFC) to let the film release with an A certificate. However, Pahlaj Nihalani, the Chairperson of the Censor Board, has gone on records saying that they are yet to receive any such instruction from FCAT. He has also mentioned that the version of the film that they [CBFC] watched was completely different from what was submitted to the FCAT.

When contacted Alankrita Shrivastava, the director of Lipstick under my Burkha says that they got the confirmation from FCAT yesterday [Tuesday] and even media got all the information. “I don’t know how is that possible that CBFC didn’t get the instruction when we all are supposed to get the intimation from FCAT at the same time. I guess it’s an internal thing. so I really don’t know what more I can say about it,” says Alankrita.

About the alleged submission of different versions of the film to FCAT and CBFC, Alankrita clearly points out that “it is not true”. “We submitted the same film to both the certification bodies. And after FCAT asked us to make certain voluntary cuts, we resubmitted the film to them. We did exactly what they wanted. In fact, we just reduced some sexually intimate scenes by few seconds. But CBFC never asked for any cuts—they just refused to certify the film. Had they asked us, we would have done it for them as well. So what he (Pahlaj Nihalani) is saying is not true,” adds the director.

Meanwhile, Alankrita says that she is happy that Lipstick under my Burkha will finally see the light of the day. “Honestly, I am numb. FCAT’s appreciation and understanding the purpose behind the film has raised our hopes. It’s a victory for women’s voices and the point I was trying to make has been validated. I hope the decision will set a precedent for people that they can now make the kind of films they want to without any fear,” says Alankrita, who had earlier directed Turning 30!

Calling it a long and a difficult journey, Alankrita shares that the film was submitted in CBFC in December and was denied certification. “The film is now eligible for the Golden Globe and we have already got seven international awards. Now that the film received such a good response, we couldn’t think of not releasing it in India. Even when I thought of applying to the FCAT, many suggested that we can just release the film in some other platform, but I decide to follow my heart and finally got my due,” says Alankrita adding that they are planning to release the film in June and an announcement will be made soon.

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First Published: Apr 26, 2017 15:01 IST