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CBFC denies a certificate to ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’. Too afraid of the break-free ideology?

CBFC denies a certificate to ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’. Too afraid of the break-free ideology?

Lipstick Under My Burkha

The Central Board of Film Certification has struck again. The organisation, which is popularly referred to as Censor Board as well, does not hesitate to do complete justice to its nickname. Don’t talk about drugs. Don’t talk about sex. Don’t talk about fantasies. Don’t talk about oppression. Shushhh… suppress. Overlook. See away.

Just yesterday, news of Alankrita Srivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ being turned down by CBFC broke the internet. The film was denied a certificate and the board also provided a number of reasons to justify its moves. “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy about life. There are contanious sexual scenes, Abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society. Hence film refused under guidelines 1(a), 2(viii), 2(ix), 2(xi), 2(xii) and 3(i),” [sic] the letter read.

The board is responsible for certification of films in a country like India that produces highest number of films annually in the whole world. Try and wrap your head around how it pretty often succeeds in royally embarrassing us!

The story being ‘lady oriented’ is of course a problem. Instead, it should have been ‘gent oriented’ we assume? It should have represented women without hassles i.e. women without aspirations, opinions and free speech. It should have sketched itself against a perfectly patriarchal system where all we do is fulfil the men’s needs. How did a free-spirited woman of today’s time dare to make a film, symbolising millions of women who dream to break free? Do you know it might cause a social revolution? What if all the films start becoming ‘lady oriented’ in the near future? So much of trouble!

Sexual scenes? Such a sin! Do you even know you shouldn’t show it beyond your hills? You not only do it in secrecy, but you also think, talk and discuss about it secretly. No wait, you can. But only when the other gender lures you, when the other gender owns your body, and when the other gender injects their willingness in you. So, the adult comedies wherein the only ‘funny’ thing is the woman’s assets, are welcome. Sleazy item numbers where you’ve a bunch of men throwing notes on a woman’s waistline are welcome. But desires of a woman in their truest colour are not welcome.

Abusive words? True, they are not respectful and no one demands they should be added to the Oxford dictionary as a part of popular vocabulary. But we are in desperate eagerness what exactly were the words that simply couldn’t be muted. But wait, they’re against the Indian culture.

Pornography in any form is a big deal, right? We continuously fail to preach the teachings right. This primarily happens when we comfortably suppress the fact that we have our own desires and we will always find a way to quench it. In an era where the internet is taking over as the most crucial tool of education, and free talks on sex and sexual attraction are being encouraged worldwide, we are teaching our children (and adults too) to forbid every form of sex. When will some sense knock us? If there’s something that you need to teach your child, teach him the norms of mutual consent in sex, teach him to know his body, teach him to respect the partner’s choice. Teach him that the thirst of lovemaking is absolutely natural and with time, life will unfold its chapters. Teach him tasteful love, the rest will fall in place. And in 2017, if you feel restricting a film that contains audio pornography is another name of being ‘decent’, god bless you. For how long will India continue to live in its own bubble?

We, as a society, have been extremely vulnerable. We have taken offence in slightest of matters. Believing in rumours, we broke the sets of ‘Padmavati’ and hit a veteran like Sanjay Leela Bhansali. We got offended with the title of ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ because Badrinath is another name of lord Vishnu and got offended with ‘Raees’ showing a Muslim as a dealer of alcohol. We got offended with ‘Udta Punjab’ because it showed the menace of a particular state. We, as different communities and religions, have been massively misled; with our sentiments set in the wrong direction. We forgot creative freedom, we forgot how to take things impersonally and we took shelter of vicious verbal and non-verbal attacks to curb the opinions we do not like. But, as a body of decision makers who decide what we watch and how we watch, what do we expect the CBFC to do? Surrender to the vulnerability and knock art down? Or, let freedom of speech grow and set an example? Do we expect them to bow down to the unfair norms, or help cinema break them?

Cinema was, is and will be the most powerful medium of expression. When it starts asking uncomfortable questions, you know it is getting to the problems, and you know you can’t afford to be curbed. Lose your voice, or fight out.

It’s a country of over 120 crore. You decide!

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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