Entertainment News

Grant ‘A’ certificate to ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, Film Certification Tribunal tells censor board

The bench said the CBFC had ‘misdirected’ itself while denying certification to the movie on the ground that it is ‘lady-oriented’.

The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal directed the Central Board of Film Certification for the film Lipstick Under My Burkha an adult certification, PTI reported on Tuesday. Earlier in February, the CBFC had refused to certify the Prakash Jha film on the ground that the film is “lady-oriented”, among other reasons.

“The Examining and Revising Committee of the CBFC have misdirected themselves in denying certification on the ground that the story of the film is women-oriented,” the tribunal said according to PTI. A woman-oriented film or one containing sexual desires of women cannot be “embargoed”, the tribunal added.

The FCAT, headed by former Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin, said the film should be granted an “A” certificate with “voluntary and some additional cuts and deletions”. The tribunal also maintained that some cuss words and intimate scenes shown in the film were an important part of the storyline. However, the tribunal bench suggested some deletions in a few intimate scenes without affecting the “substance of the scene”, the news agency reported. It also asked muting of some Hindi words, including words referring to prostitutes, in one scene.

“The story is lady-oriented, their fantasy about life,” CBFC had said in February. “There are contentious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society.” Prakash Jha and the film’s director Alankrita Shrivastava had approached the FCAT after the CBFC’s examining committee refused to certify the film. They had also offered to make some cuts in the film.

Set in a small town of India, Lipstick Under My Burkha is about four women who are in search of freedom. It stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in the leading roles. The film has already won the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival and the Spirit of Asia Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

Bringing your parents into the digital fold can be a rewarding experience

Contrary to popular sentiment, being the tech support for your parents might be a great use of your time and theirs.

If you look up ‘Parents vs technology’, you’ll be showered with a barrage of hilariously adorable and relatable memes. Half the hilarity of these memes sprouts from their familiarity as most of us have found ourselves in similar troubleshooting situations. Helping a parent understand and operate technology can be trying. However, as you sit, exasperated, deleting the gazillion empty folders that your mum has accidentally made, you might be losing out on an opportunity to enrich her life.

After the advent of technology in our everyday personal and work lives, parents have tried to embrace the brand-new ways to work and communicate with a bit of help from us, the digital natives. And while they successfully send Whatsapp messages and make video calls, a tremendous amount of unfulfilled potential has fallen through the presumptuous gap that lies between their ambition and our understanding of their technological needs.

When Priyanka Gothi’s mother retired after 35 years of being a teacher, Priyanka decided to create a first of its kind marketplace that would leverage the experience and potential of retirees by providing them with flexible job opportunities. Her Hong Kong based novel venture, Retired, Not Out is reimagining retirement by creating a channel through which the senior generation can continue to contribute to the society.

Our belief is that tech is highly learnable. And learning doesn’t stop when you graduate from school. That is why we have designed specific programmes for seniors to embrace technology to aid their personal and professional goals.

— Priyanka Gothi, Founder & CEO, Retired Not Out

Ideas like Retired Not Out promote inclusiveness and help instil confidence in a generation that has not grown up with technology. A positive change in our parent’s lives can be created if we flip the perspective on the time spent helping them operate a laptop and view it as an exercise in empowerment. For instance, by becoming proficient in Microsoft Excel, a senior with 25 years of experience in finance, could continue to work part time as a Finance Manager. Similarly, parents can run consultation blogs or augment their hobbies and continue to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Advocating the same message, Lenovo’s new web-film captures the void that retirement creates in a person’s life, one that can be filled by, as Lenovo puts it, gifting them a future.

Play

Depending on the role technology plays, it can either leave the senior generation behind or it can enable them to lead an ambitious and productive life. This festive season, give this a thought as you spend time with family.

To make one of Lenovo’s laptops a part of the family, see here.

This article was produced on behalf of Lenovo by the Scroll.in marketing team and not by the Scroll.in editorial staff.