Director Alankrita Srivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, the film which the CBFC refused to certify in February 2017, has been declared eligible to participate in the coveted Golden Globes Awards. The announcement was made on the opening night of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), where it was screened.
According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the director of IFFLA, Christina Marouda, announced ahead of the film’s screening at LA, “We are honored that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has chosen our opening night film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, to be an official Golden Globes qualifying screening. The director of the film will now have the opportunity to properly plan a Golden Globes campaign should she choose to submit the film for nomination.”
The film, starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur, follows four women as they search for a little freedom in their lives. It 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.
The film was denied a censor certificate in India for several reasons including “women’s fantasies” and abusive language. Clarifying the censor board’s stand, Pahlaj Nihalani, who heads the board, had said, “We only have objections to the content of the movie [sic]. The treatment given to the issue of ‘women empowerment’ was the reason we did not give this film a certificate.” The film was sent to the CBFC’s Revising Committee in early February. However, the committee decided to not award the movie a censor certificate.