Under Nihalini, CBFC has become a kind of "Sanskari Board" that bans films on the basis of 'R' rated scenes, riot-inducing scenes and this time, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' was termed as 'lady oriented'. When a reporter told Nihalani that his decision maybe misogynistic, he seems to have lost his temper, saying, “Don't force me.”
Pahlaj Nihalini evaded media questions on why Censor Board of Certification (CBFC) refused to certify award winning ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, film.
Under Nihalini, CBFC has become a kind of “Sanskari Board” that bans films on the basis of ‘R’ rated scenes, riot-inducing scenes and this time, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was termed as ‘lady oriented’. When a reporter told Nihalani that his decision maybe misogynistic, he almost lost his temper, saying, “Don’t force me.”
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 24, 2017
“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.”
Bollywood director, Shyam Benegal told News 18 channel, “There was a committee that the government had set to look into the way certification is done. Films need to be classified not censored. There’s no question of censoring. We are talking of classification according to suitability of age and maturity. No idea if the said the suggestions have been implemented by CBFC.”