Magazine article Screen International

'Lipstick under My Burkha' Wins Glasgow Audience Award

Magazine article Screen International

'Lipstick under My Burkha' Wins Glasgow Audience Award

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Alankrita Shrivastava's India-set drama Lipstick Under My Burkha has won the audience award at the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival, which closed last night (Feb 26).

The award, being presented for the third time, is the only prize handed out at the festival.

Scottish actor David Tennant presented the award at a ceremony that followed the event's closing night screening, the world premiere of Robert Mullan's Mad To Be Normal, which stars Tennant as Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing.

Lipstick Under My Burkha tells the story of four Indian women seeking more from life than docile domesticity. The film premiered at Tokyo International Film Festival in October last year.

Last week, the film was refused a certificate for release by Indian censors, effectively banning it from cinemas in India.

Shrivastava commented: "Right now, when the film has been refused 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. …

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