'Lipstick Under My Burkha' (2016)
The film about 4 women in India trying to acheive everyday freedom in their repressed lives, raised quite a few eyebrows within the Central Board Of Film Certification of India, (CBFC) a name that will be heard throughout this article.
The CBFC denied the release of the film in January 2017, citing 'contagious sexual scenes' as one of the many reasons. Not one of their most ridiculous claims, sadly. After some cuts made by the filmmakers to some scenes that raised concerns, the film was eventually certified and released in Indian in July 2017.
In the meantime however, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' became critically acclaimed in film festivals all over the world, and was applauded for being a movie that features progressive stories about women in a realistic and lighthearted manner.
'Lipstick Under My Burkha' stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Rathna Pathak Shah, Plabita Bonthakur, Aahan Kumra and is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava.