- 'This won't stop me from fantasising sex,' read a tweet
- 'Pahlaj Nihalani, you failed,' it added
- Lipstick Under My Burkha stars Konkona Sen Sharma
On Twitter, the Censor Board was advised to 'grow up' and told its refusal to pass the film was 'shameful.'
"Shame. Big Shame our country! Banning a film like Lipstick Under My Burkha won't stop me from fantasising sex. Pahlaj Nihalani, you failed," read a tweet while another said: "Someone shows guts to bring out the reality and CBFC steps in." Some on Twitter agreed that they wouldn't mind spending a little more to watch the film if made available on online streaming sites. "Hey Netflix India Hotstar how about you guys release Lipstick Under My Burkha and we pay a little extra to watch it? Win-win for everyone," the tweet said.
Here are the tweets posted by Farhan Akhtar and Neeraj Ghaywan:
Privileged men have an issue with sexually liberated women.— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) February 23, 2017
'Cannot be issued' is a ban. Let's call it that.https://t.co/zvndPtPOzI
This is the third time you are messing with my job dear censor board. What freedom of speech do you go on about? https://t.co/jpgMg8AaKw— Shashank Arora (@ShashankSArora) February 23, 2017
Lipstick Under My Burkha was screened for the Censor Board Examining Committee in January, when the makers were notified in a letter that the film has been regarded as unsuitable for certification. Talking to NDTV, the director said: "We got the CBFC letter and applied to revising committee. Post the revising committee screening we were told the film cannot be certified. We have to approach the tribunal now.”
Lipstick Under My Burkha was first screened at the MAMI Film Festival in 2016 and has been shown at several fests since.