In glorious fashion, Lipstick Under My Burkha’s theatrical poster has launched today.
The candy colored neon style poster features a middle finger [a lipstick over it] held in revolt to the anguish that the women face in a patriarchal society.
Not only that, but the poster indicates in a meta sense to the same patriarchy that tried burying the film earlier this year.
The censor board and its so called chief Pahlaj Nihalani, denied the film a release under the pretext that it was too sexualized and woman oriented.
Indeed, Nihalani whose incompetence is wide reaching since his inception into power is whom the poster indicates to.
In a subtle manner of course.
As the poster so jubilantly indicates, it takes some big ‘cajones’ for this film to challenge the establishment, just when it passed through.
But that is the true power of cinema.
It questions, challenges and evolves the establishment and status quo.
Alankrita Shrivastava’s film which is gaining traction at film festivals around the world, is finally set to release.
Produced by Prakash Jha, the film found a new lease of life when it contested CBFC’s unfair ban.
It took a six month struggle but the FCAT intervened in time to prevent this injustice.
The board which has been on fire ever since Nihalani’s appointment;
Has tried its best to curb any free artistic expression in what is a democratic society.
It’s a sad state that government puppet Nihalani has created for cinema.
Thankfully for Lipstick, not only did it have the backing of many in the industry but found a firm supporter in Ekta Kapoor.
The TV mogul while catering to the masses on TV, has exploded with her bold choices in cinema;
As the poster indicates, this is a film by those who have given artistic powerhouses such as…
LSD, The Dirty Picture and Udta Punjab; itself controversies favorite child, last year during the Punjab elections.
With strong minded women like Shrivastava and Kapoor at the helm
And a cast of talented female and male performers;
Lipstick is a showcase of the kind of cinema that progresses the countries mindset and evaluation of patriarchal norms.
It’s best that a censor board so inept decided to fight its release, unearthing once again a dark archaic side to the government[s] in power and their regressive right wing politics.
Produced by Prakash Jha and Presented by Ekta Kapoor.
Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava; Lipstick Under My Burkha stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur and Ratna Pathak Shah.
It releases on 21st July 2017!