April 28, 2017

“A woman-oriented film or one containing sexual desires of women cannot be embargoed”: FCAT

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Film Certification Appellate Tribunal’s (FCAT) Chairperson Justice Manmohan Sarin, along with members Bina Gupta, Shekhar Iyer, Shazia Ilmi, and Poonam Dhillon, granted “A” certificate to the controversial film “Lipstick Under My Burkha.”

This order was passed in an appeal by the film’s Executive Producer, Sudhir Mishra.

FCAT said that “The Examining and Revising Committees of the CBFC have misdirected themselves in denying certification on the ground that the story of the film is women-oriented.”

“A woman-oriented film or one containing sexual desires of women cannot be embargoed,” the tribunal added.

FCAT said that 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” and asked muting of some Hindi words, including words referring to prostitutes, in one scene.

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