1. Lipstick Under My Burkha ‘ban’: India mature enough to handle sex or porn, Prakash Jha hints

Lipstick Under My Burkha ‘ban’: India mature enough to handle sex or porn, Prakash Jha hints

A day after Censor Board of Certification (CBFC) refused to certify his film. 'Lipstick under by Burkha', film producer Prakash Jha has today said that the board to should certify the film rather than censoring it.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 24, 2017 5:48 PM
Prakash jha says he will definitely appeal to the tribunal, which is the ‘only option left’ before him now. (ANI)

A day after Censor Board of Certification (CBFC) refused to certify his film. ‘Lipstick under by Burkha’, film producer Prakash Jha has today said that the board to should certify the film rather than censoring it. Stressing that the audience is matured enough to understand what is good or bad, Jha said that he will definitely appeal to the tribunal, which is the only option left before him now.

He further said that it was not due to person or CBFC, but it is of the right to take decision, the mentality and the understanding, the ANI quoted him as saying.

Earlier, its CEO Anurag Srivastava said that there was no controversy over the issue. Pointing out that the board followed normal process, he said that the makers of the film can go to tribunal on the issue.
CBFC director Pahlaj Nihalini also evaded media questions on why the board refused to certify the film. When a reporter told Nihalani that his decision maybe misogynistic, he almost lost his temper, saying, “Don’t force me.”

“I am going to CBFC, this is my personal office. I will do it there. Don’t force me,” he can been seen as saying in an ANI video. He was being bombarded with questions on the recent decision of denying certificate to the film, which has been critically acclaimed in international festivals.

The film stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah and others and is produced by Prakash Jha. News18 reported Nihalani as saying about the movie, “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contanious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film was refused under guidelines.(sic)”

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A member of CBFC, Ashok Pandit also questioned the move, said, “I am myself quite shocked to see these kind of words have been used in the letter. Tragedy is that a filmmaker like Prakash Jha, who has won so many award, his intelligence is being questioned. This film is not going to create riots in any case.”

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