The newly released Indian film featuring Muslim and Hindu women was initially banned in India for being too ‘lady orientated’; essentially not showcasing a male role more than the female. The producers and cast went to ‘war’ with censors after they were bluntly told that the film cannot be shown in any cinemas in the whole country. Its director, Alankrita Shrivastava, said she felt “numb” that her film was finally screening, a few months after the letter was received from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) advising it would be refused classification.
Why is there so much controversy when women are the protagonists in films? Are we not meant to be equal? We’ve come so far with women’s roles in films yet there’s still a divide between us. Having an open mind is important, and what we need more of is inclusivity and togetherness, whatever your race, religion or gender is! ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ has actually been banned in India and the individuals who featured in it strongly claim that because there is no ‘male’ protagonist and the men that are featured in this movie are playing a secondary role it should not be shown in the mainstream eye. Too right they should think that, gender roles can be shared and everyday more and more people are standing up for what they believe in! These women weren’t going to give up easily, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is now going to be shown in cinemas in India this month and it just shows that if there’s a will there will always be a way to success, sometimes it takes a little longer, but patience is key.
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