Ekta Kapoor comes onboard as presenter and distributor of ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’
Two months ago, Prakash Jhainvited Ekta Kapoor to watch his Alankrita Shrivastava-directed production ‘Lip stick Under My Burkha’, certain that the film’s sensibility will resonate with her. Ekta, who had been hearing about the project since it hit headlines after being denied certification by the CBFC owing to its “lady-oriented, female fantasies, sexual scenes, abusive words and audio pornography” immediately knew it deserved to reach a wider audience. “Ekta has done path-breaking work with her women characters. She’s inverted the power structure on television, making women characters the epicentre of the power game. She has a strong feminist pulse and I was keen to know what she felt about our film. She told me she wanted to present it through her studio and I thought it would be fantastic for the film,” the National Award winning director told Mirror.
The TV czarina, who is now on-board as presenter and pan-India distributor of the film, said, “Not only was I totally blown away by the content but also felt that it showcased a great combination of accountability and entertainment.” Now set to promote and market the film through her company Balaji Motion Pictures, Ekta added, “Lipstick Under My Burkha signifies a rebellion of the mind and is a film that celebrates women and their sexuality. I believe that this is a story that needs to be told and wanted to put all my muscle behind a film like this.”
After the CBFC refused to certify the film, the makers appealed to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which granted it theatrical release rights with some cuts and an A-certification, mostly related to the sex scenes, and at their own discretion, but unavailability of a buyer compelled them to keep the film on hold. With Ekta, who had also produced the equally bold ‘Love Sex Aur Dhoka’ seven years ago, on-board now, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ has finally saved its date with the box office for July 28.
Featuring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur, the film follows four smalltown Indian women between the ages of 18 to 55 -a burkha-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother-of-three and an aging widow -who decide to assert their personal and sexual rights. Owing to its bold content, the film has been creating waves across social and mainstream media and has also earned accolades in the festival circuit. “Touted as India’s Sex and the City, the four feisty women chase their secret dreams of love, sex, rebellion and freedom. These are naughty women, with a passion and zest for life despite the claustrophobia of their lives. The audience is going to love it,” Ekta signs off.