MUSLIMS Are Divided Over Lipstick Under My Burkha Movie

February 27th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty

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NOTED Bollywood film maker Prakash Jha’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ featuring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra, Sushant Singh and Plabita Borthakur has irked some fundamentalist organisations after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)   has denied its screening. But some intellectuals belonging to the Muslim community   stand in support of the controversial woman oriented movie.  The story of the lady oriented Bollywood movie is about fantasy above life. There are” contagious  sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society”, says the CBFC .

The story revolves about four women – burqa-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother of three and a 55-year-old widow who rediscovers her sexuality.

All India Muslim Tehwar Committee (AIMTC) in its Majlis-e-Shura -executive committee- has passed a resolution to boycott the flick besides asking the community, especially women, to take legal action against it.

The AIMTC claimed that the movie has hurt the sentiments of the community by relating ‘burqa’ to such narrow mentality. Along with boycott, they have also warned directors not to visit the capital; else their protest might be stepped up.. The matter of movie having objectionable content was raised by community members in Majlis-e-Shura and the decision for boycott at all the levels was taken.

AIMTC chairman Ausaf Shahmeeri Khurram said, “We are happy that censor board has refused to give the certificate to movie. But if the certification is given by any chance we will also move towards legal action against the movie. Today they are making fun of women from a certain community, if not stopped they might target women in other community too.”Internationally acclaimed Urdu poet from Bhopal Manzar Bhopali sees nothing wrong in associating burqa with the film.

Manzar Bhopali further said, “Islam asks women to remain in hijab but never stops them from doing makeup. Women are free to do makeup of their choice while abiding to hijab. Muslim women world over do makeup and wears burqa too, there is nothing wrong in it and I am sure that the religious leaders and clerics would also endorse my opinion.”

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was shot in Bhopal and it has won the Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival. Prakash Jha says he is moving the judiciary to challenge the order issued by the CBFC members unanimously


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