India’s censor board has sparked outrage after banning a film called Lipstick Under My Burka about sexually liberated women.
The movie tells the secret lives of four women including a college student who wears a burka, and a 55-year-old who rediscovers a sex life after the death of her husband.
But India’s Central Board of Film Certification has described it as ‘lady-oriented’, contained ‘audio pornography’ and that it would not clear the Hindi film for general release.
A letter, the board wrote: ‘The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above (sic) life. There are contanious (sic) sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused under guidelines (sic)…’
The move has sparked a furious response from the director and is the latest case to highlight fears over creative freedom in the country.
The letter was sent last month and came to light this week after Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted about it. A copy of the letter was seen by AFP on Friday.
‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and won an award at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year. It also aired at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in October.
Social media users took to Twitter to mock the film board’s ruling.