Why assertive women rankle Pahlaj Nihalani4 min read 23 Mar 2017, 04:10 AM IST
Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani's puritanical disapproval of depiction of human desire is a mere coverthe real problem is the film is made by a woman
On Saturday, away from the paternalistic gaze of Pahlaj Nihalani, I went to see Alankrita Shrivastava’s film, Lipstick Under My Burkha. I was safely in London, where Nihalani’s writ as the chair of India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) does not run. The hall was full and the audience was predominantly South Asian. The laughter during the film, which tells the story of four women in Bhopal, was spontaneous, and when the film ended, the applause was generous.