The trailer of Lipstick under My Burkha was released on Tuesday in Mumbai after winning battles with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Ekta Kapoor, Distributor and Presenter of the film, said, she does not have any issue with the board as it reflects the mentality of the society. She added, “We will trivialise this issue if we make it about CBFC. It’s a larger issue.”
The film, starring Ratna Pathak Shah and Konkana Sen Sharma among others, was in news after the CBFC objected to it for being “lady-oriented”.
Recently, the first look of the film, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, was released which showed a lipstick in place of a middle finger.
Ekta explained that the middle finger shown in the poster is not for the CBFC but pointed towards the patriarchal society that does not let women come out and compels them to suppress their voice. Balaji Motion Pictures shared the trailer of the film on Twitter.
The team of Lipstick Under My Burkha also spoke about GST charged on sanitary pads.
Actor Konkana Sen said, “If you don't have any control over your bodily function, how can it be considered to be taxed under luxury goods. It’s not like you’ll voluntarily say, ‘I won’t put out my AC tonight’. It’s not the same thing.”
Speaking about the issue, actor Ratna Pathak added, “ It’s time for us to stop behaving like ostriches, get our heads out of the sand and look at the world.”
The film was briefly stuck at the censors as the board initially objected to its “lady-oriented” content. It also stars Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur. The film, which was later cleared by Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) with minor cuts, is now scheduled to release on July 21.
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who is considered to be one of the iconic actresses of Hindi cinema, said that the legendary actor Dilip Kumar has unknowingly influenced her life. Wishing everyone on Eid, Dilip Kumar Tweeted, “Eid Mubarak aap Sabko.”
Replying to the 94-year-old actor’s Eid message on Twitter, the actress wrote:
Dilip Kumar made his last silver screen appearance in the film Qila (1998). He was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
At a first-of-its-kind Bollywood pageant held in New Delhi, Sarthak Verma from Delhi and Savina Birla from Chandigarh were crowned Bollywood Mr India and Miss India 2017 respectively.
The contest, Bollywood Mr and Miss India 2017 which was organised by Studio 19 Films witnessed the presence of the jury members including Bollywood actors Arbaaz Khan, Sana Khan, Mahima Chaudhary, Rajnish Duggal, Claudia Ciesla, Debina Bonnerjee, Simran Kaur and Yash Ahlawat .
The winners of the contest have won a golden ticket to Bollywood. Speaking about the participants who had come to take part from across the country, Jury member Arbaaz Khan said, “Every participant is special and has the zeal to make it to the Bollywood.” He further added that dedication, focus, hard work and talent is the key to become successful.
Talking about such an event organised for the first time, actor and founder, Studio 19 films, Yash Ahlawat said, “This is for the first time that a pageant is giving direct entry to Bollywood to the winners. Being part of the Bollywood industry, I have closely seen extremely talented actors struggling hard to be an actor, especially from two tier and three tier cities and hence (we) created this platform.”
Motivational talk discussions by Vibha Sudarshan and Alok Sharma were held to boost morale and self-confidence of the contestants. Meditation and power yoga sessions were also organised by Shyla Kohli, which were aimed at channelising the positivity and de-stressing contestants for the final show.
Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff has been offered to play John Rambo in the Indian remake of Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone's iconic film Rambo. He said, working in the West is still out of his reach.
Shroff said, “ it is tough to crack Hollywood as even “experienced” actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone also have to give auditions to bag films there. I am sure, it will be difficult to get in Hollywood. Stars, who are bigger and more experienced than me, have worked so hard to be there.”
“Priyanka and Deepika, both of them are at the top of their games and have been auditioning for films. So, there is a long way to go for me, ”he added.
He, however, said that he is open to acting in Hollywood, provided there is an exciting offer.
The 27-year-old actor, who has voiced Spider-Man in the Hindi version of Spider-Man: Homecoming, said it was one superhero he always wanted to play since his childhood.
The Baaghi 2 actor considers his father Jackie Shroff and Hrithik Roshan his favourite superheroes.
With inputs from PTI