Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha created a stir when the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) denied it certification because of what it called its "lady-oriented female fantasies, sexual scenes, abusive words and audio pornography".
Although the film has won several accolades at international film festivals, it failed to find a buyer at home till TV czarina and film producer Ekta Kapoor came to its rescue. Now, Lipstick Under My Burkhai is slated to release on July 21. And ahead of its release, the filmmakers have released a new poster. But one look at it, and it can spark off a rebellion. For it clearly depicts the message the film wants to make with the tagline: “It takes balls to be a woman.”
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Produced by Prakash Jha, Lipstick Under My Burkha is about four women from small-town India aged between 18 and 55. There's the burkha-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother-of-three, and an ageing widow. All of them decide to assert their personal and sexual rights and the film follows their journey.
The film stars Konkona Sensharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, and Plabita Borthakur.