Controversies keep piling up for Lipstick Under My Burkha. The latest one to scrutinise the film and put it into a legal mess are some leaders of the Muslim community. Already Prakash Jha’s film has been deemed unsuitable for the Indian audience and now it seems to have roused another controversy and probably a legal suit as well. A few Muslim leaders have raised their concerns over the portrayal of the burkha that belongs to their community and their representation in the film. The All India Muslim Tehwar Committee has decided to take up legal actions against the film. Chairman of the committee Ausaf Shahmeeri Khurram, confirmed the same.
Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, the film stars Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthaku in lead roles. The movie has been produced by Prakash Jha, who has been fighting with the Censor Board to give the film certification for screening. Sadly, here’s another hurdle the filmmaker will have to cross to ensure his film sees the light of the day.
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The chairman quoted to Hindustan Times that they’re very upset with the involvement of burkha in the film. He said, “If somebody peeps into the burkha worn by our sisters and daughters, we won’t remain silent. Burkha is an Islamic tradition, and nobody has the right to talk about it in a negative way.” He further drew parallels of how even in Hindu, the tradition of parda dhari as he said, “Even Hindu women in various parts of the country – including Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh – opt for parda dhari (using a veil to cover the face). In such circumstances, why should they focus only on us with regard to such a sensitive, personal matter?”
A resolution has been passed by the committee in the majilis-e-shura urging the country’s 24-crore Muslim population to boycott Lipstick Under My Burkha. “We also plan to take legal action against the filmmakers. We are talking to lawyers and collecting documents related to the movie,” he added. At the same time, he is happy with the CBFC’s decision of not giving the film certification as he lauds Nihalani, “They have done the right thing. They should not allow public viewing of this film at any cost.” Damn, the CBFC chief must be really happy as majority of industry folks have been dissing him for not supporting the movie.
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Basically, the story of the film revolves around the lives of four women, a burkha-clad college student, a young beautician, a mother of three and a 55-year-old widow as they explore their sexuality. While the reasons may differ for Nihalani and the Muslim leader, they’re both hell bent on not allowing the film’s release. We wonder what will happen next to Lipstick Under My Burkha and whether it will ever get a release here in India.
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