Lipstick under My Burkha: Where to Watch and More
Wondering where to watch lipstick under my burkha? Curious about the lipstick under my burkha campaign? Want to know why was lipstick under my burkha banned? You are in the right place! The Indian Rose today will reveal interesting facts about this controversial movie.
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Lipstick Under My Burkha was directed by Indian independent filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava and won lots of International Prizes, having being screened in more than 30 film festivals around the world. The movie also did extremely well at the box office, partly due to the Lipstick under my burkha controversy, amplified by the media.
But is lipstick under my burkha banned? Why was lipstick under my burkha banned? What is lipstick under my burkha campaign? What is lipstick under my burkha controversy? And especially where to watch lipstick under my burkha, and how to watch lipstick under my burkha online?
We’ll discover it in a moment!
Lipstick Under My Burkha Story
Lipstick under my Burkha story is settled in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It is the story of 4 women on their own journey towards liberation.
Usha (Ratna Pathak) is a 55 years old widow who one day starts reading an erotic book that lights up her senses. She consequently signs up for swimming lessons and starts engaging in love phone calls with her young swimming teacher, without revealing her identity. As she secretly goes to the swimming pool, reads and talks over the phone, she faces the suspicions of her family members and neighbours.
Leela (Aahana Kumra) is a beautician, daughter of a single mom who struggles financially. She is in love with a photographer but is forced to marry a young rich men who is supposed to solve all of her mom’s financial problems.
Shireen (Konkona Sen Sharma) is a mother of 3 whose husband uses her exclusively to satisfy his sexual needs, without ever paying attention to her emotions. She secretly finds a job as a salesperson and is quite successful at it, but doesn’t know how to tell her husband. In the meantime, she discovers her husband is unfaithful to her.
Rehana (Plabita Borthakur) is a college student from a conservative Muslim family. She wears the abaya and niqab to go out, but she secretly takes it off once in the college premises. She becomes involved in student protests, she drinks, she finds love… everything hidden from her family, under the burkha!
Is Lipstick Under My Burkha Banned?
In January 2017, when Lipstick under my burkha was supposed to be released in India, it was banned by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The director appealed the decision to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) and voluntarily cut a number of scenes. The FCAT added a few scenes to be cut, they reached an agreement and the movie was successfully released in India in July 2017.
The Lipstick under my burkha controversy continued when the poster for the movie came out, as some were outraged by its showing of a middle finger covered by a lipstick and the statement: “it takes balls to be a woman”.
Despite Lipstick under my burkha was banned, it gained critical acclaim both in India and around the world.
This was basically the Lipstick under my burkha controversy!
The director took Lipstick under my burkha controversy as an opportunity: of course she didn’t like her movie to be banned, but the ban also allowed people to have an intensive dialogue about women freedom, which was welcomed by the director.
Why Was Lipstick Under My Burkha Banned?
The main reason why Lipstick under my burkha was banned is that it was considered too “lady-oriented”.
More in details, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) banned Lipstick under my burkha for 2 reasons: the first was explicit sex content including sex scenes (though no nudity) and sex language; the second was that the sex related content sometimes involved “1 section of the society”, namely Indian Muslims, and that could hurt some sensitivities. It should be noted however that, despite the title, the protagonists of Lipstick under my burkha come from both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds.
In fact, to add to the Lipstick under my burkha controversy, a group of Muslim leaders from Bhopal called for the boycott of the movie for hurting Muslim sensitivity, and went as far as pushing the Government to get the movie banned. For them, the Lipstick under my burkha controversy was about their perceived mockery of Islam and the negative implications attached to wearing a burkha.
This is the answer to why was Lipstick under my burkha banned!
As you can see, the main reason why Lipstick under my burkha was banned is sex as related to women and especially Muslim women!
What Is Lipstick Under My Burkha Campaign
Lipstick under my burkha campaign was started by the actresses playing the main characters in the movie, Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur.
Lipstick under my burkha campaign consisted of publishing on Instagram a picture with a raised middle finger holding a lipstick, similarly to the controversial movie poster. The hashtag for Lipstick under my burkha campaign is #LipstickRebellion.
The leading actresses encouraged other people to join the Lipstick under my burkha campaign by posting a similar selfie and writing about one time when they have not followed a “don’t” which was imposed to them.
On Twitter, the hashtag #LipstickUnderMyBurkha was created to share opinions about the movie and women empowerment.
At the same time, part of the Lipstick under my burkha campaign consisted of the actresses getting out there and talking about stereotypes in various media platforms, especially Youtube, which gave them international popularity.
What Is Lipstick Under My Burkha Challenge
The Lipstick under my burkha challenge is an instagram initiative by the movie’s stars. Women have to post a selfie holding a lipstick behind a raised middle finger, using the hashtag #LipstickRebellion, and have to nominate their friends and challenge them to to the same, as explained above.
The Lipstick under my burkha challenge was quite successful as famous personalities as well as many common women and men participated. For example, Arjun Kapoor took on the challenge and supported the Lipstick under my burkha campaign by posting his own selfie with the hashtag #MenForLipstick.
Where to Watch Lipstick Under My Burkha
The movie was released in Indian cinemas on July 21st 2017, and is still screening in various cinema events in India and around the world.
If you missed those and do not want to wait any further, you can buy the dvd of the movie, or you can hire it, or… you have the options below.
Is Lipstick Under My Burkha Available Online ?
Lipstick under my burkha is available online, with both pay-to-watch and free options:
Lipstick under my burkha is available online with Amazon Prime. You need an Amazon Prime subscription to do so.
To watch lipstick under my burkha for free you can join Amazon Prime for a free trial.
Another way to watch lipstick under my burkha for free is through Einthusan, where English subtitles are available. It is however deemed illegal.
Another free although illegal way to watch lipstick under my burkha online is through 123movies.
How to Watch Lipstick Under My Burkha Online
To watch lipstick under my burkha online:
- Subscribe to Amazon Prime for free or
- Type “lipstick under my burkha” on Einthusan Hindi search box. Remember, this is illegal! or
- Type “lipstick under my burkha” on 123movies, also illegal!
Lipstick under my burkha Deleted Scenes
You can now watch Lipstick under my burkha deleted scenes on Amazon Prime, which means you can watch the full uncensored movie. In fact, the Censor Board has no censoring power over streaming services.
You can also find lipstick under my burkha deleted scenes list online by just typing “lipstick under my burkha deleted scenes list” on Google.