This is no ordinary news for Indian cinema! Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava’s most controversial film Lipstick Under My Burkha is unstoppable. It’s making headlines every day. Last week, the team celebrated its opening night screening at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles last week. Now the buzz is that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has opened its arm for the film to be screened at the Golden Globes.
After impressing critics, the film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, has been chosen for the next Golden Globe Awards (to be held tentatively in Jan 2018)
“We are honoured that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has chosen our opening night film, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, to be an official Golden Globes qualifying screening. The director of the film will now have the opportunity to properly plan a Golden Globes campaign should she choose to submit the film for nomination,” Director of Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Christina Marouda said in a press statement.
Yes, we are talking about the same banned film, which was denied a certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in India.
Christine added, “Our goal in working closely with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is to ensure that the Golden Globes are on the radar of filmmakers in India and that they become more and more aware of this platform and can begin to formulate their strategy,” reports Mumbai Mirror.
An ecstatic Alankrita Shrivastava, director of Lipstick Under My Burkha, said, “It is a real honour to have our film chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as worthy enough to be eligible for the Golden Globes. I still cannot believe it. I am so glad that the prestigious HFPA thought our film has the potential to run for the Golden Globes.”
“Lipstick Under My Burkha is a very universal film, it transcends cultures and countries. I am glad that the Hollywood Foreign Press association recognized that quality and made the IFFLA opening of Lipstick Under My Burkha an official screening of the HFPA, thus making our film eligible for the Golden Globes,” producer Prakash Jha said.
The censor board tried hard to stop its “sexual content” from being played in our living rooms, which by the way could have ruined the youth (how realistic) — but how would it now bar the showcasing of feminist content from spreading its wing across the globe? After rave reviews and awards at international film festivals, now it’s time to nail the Globes.
The Golden Globes is the prestigious film and TV awards in America, and is run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Yet, after so many laurels, back home in India, the film’s future remains uncertain. Call it our disability to see the reality or simply neglecting to appreciate a women-centric film that rebels against the stereotypes, are we really so threatened that we fail to recognise women’s quest for freedom?
So here’s a big thank you Censor Board! In denying the film certification, you have actually strengthened the feminist struggle!
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