On February 23, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) declared that it cannot award a certificate to the film Lipstick Under My Burkha.
Lipstick Under My Burkha, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, is a film about four women searching for freedom. In it, a 55-year-old woman rediscovers her sexuality, as per the film’s Wikipedia page.
The CBFC cites this as the reason for not giving the film a certificate:
“The story is lady-oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contentious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society.”
Let me get this straight; we’re banning a film because it is lady-oriented? Ah, of course. Oh, but it’s also about sexual fantasies? Haaye, haaye.
Women don’t have sexual fantasies; what are you even talking about!
That is exclusively the domain of Indian men. Don’t believe us? Please, take a look.
Here we see three male actors and four faceless women’s bottoms.
Here we see an actress innocently bending down while two male actors whip out what are most definitely not penises.
Here we see an actor amazed at Sunny Leone’s ability to stand in heels, whilst wearing a bikini. Truly a superhuman feat, worthy of that look.
Here we see two male actors holding up balloons in a manner that is totally not indicative of breasts, and two women holding up balloons which most definitely do not resemble penises and testicles.
Here we see three male actors staring at the bottoms of three faceless women.
So it’s okay to sexualise women, but not cool to talk about their fantasies. Alright, then. Please remind us about which country we live in? Oh right, India, the land where women must be respected, but only if they are our mothers, sisters, and daughters. How dare they have orgasms!