It’s time we acknowledged films not just as a source of entertainment, but a language and an art-Srushti Gangawanwale

In the recent light, we’ve seen ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ getting banned for the same reasons our censor board usually bans anything sensible. Some stupid reasons, something they feel is against the culture, and the film is banned.

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ has been banned because it has females shown to be fantasizing about sex, and that isn’t appropriate. I’d like to know how item songs, where females are objectified, or movies where they’ll show the actor falling for the actress only when she starts looking pretty, etc. are appropriate.

I’m a design student. And as someone who’s done a course or two in films, I can acknowledge that every filmmaker puts in a lot of effort and energy into their films. And I’ve come to realize that unlike the films that have 10 shows a day, these films which have barely 1 show a day, barely make 10 crores, and are made with none of the Big Khans, are those which do not portray films as a mode of entertainment. These are films, which show you that film is an art, a language. And these filmmakers, have a story to tell, a message to convey.

I believe that filmmakers are artists too. That they have the power to present themselves and their story to the world in the format of motion pictures. And I believe that these artists should be free to express themselves. Especially if it is to enlighten our society about something. We’re a developing country, and I believe we develop when our people develop. When there’s a change in the mindsets of people. When there’s a revolutionary change of thoughts and ideologies and perspectives by which issues are addressed in the day to day lives. India has a large majority of the population who are highly influenced by films. And if we can allow films where women are objectified to be freely released around the nation, why not a film which shows the reality of what women feel and want? Why stop a movie that might just bring about some change? Why stop a filmmaker who only made a film about something that is so real and existing, and something she believes needs to be known by the society. By banning a film like this, the censor board only goes ahead and approves the taboo that revolves around female sexuality. And that exactly is the point of making a movie like this.

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