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Lipstick Under My Burkha Wins ScotRail Audience Award At Glasgow Film Fest

Lipstick Under My Burkha, which has been denied a certificate by the country's movie censor board, and faced ban from Muslim group, has bagged the 'ScotRail Audience Award' at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017.

Lipstick Under My Burkha Wins Award at Glasgow Film Fest
Lipstick Under My Burkha - Representation Pic

Scottish actor David Tennant presented Indian filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava with the award, which was voted for by the festival's audience, on Monday.

"I am so deeply honoured that Lipstick Under My Burkha has won the ScotRail Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival. Right now, when the film has been denied certification for exhibition in India because it is a women-centric film with a female point of view, I think the award could not have been more timely," Shrivastava said in a statement to local daily.

India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on February 23 refused to give a certificate to the film for its sexual references and use of abusive words, among other reasons. The CBFC's decision has drawn flak from a string of celebrities, including Pooja Bhatt, Farhan Akhtar and Vivek Agnihotri.

Not only that, All India Muslim Tyohar Committee (AIMTC), Bhopal, has issued a resolution to boycott the movie 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' and its cast. AIMTC has also warned the director, crew and cast against visiting the state capital.

Fact that the people of Glasgow have loved the film gives us hope that CBFC will rethink their decision.

The film has also awarded with the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality and has been selected for several international film festivals.

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