The award-winning film Lipstick Under My Burkha, which was temporarily blocked from release in India by a government commission, opens in U.S. theaters this Friday.
Though the film premiered back in October of last year and has already played several several international film festivals, Lipstick Under My Burkha finally will open in six theaters in California, four in the Bay Area alone.
Writer and director Alankrita Shrivastava spent the past week in Silicon Valley promoting the U.S. release of her controversial film. Her tour stops included an event at Google Headquarters and a panel talk with venture capitalist Meera Kaul at her home.
Shrivastava's movie, a dramatic comedy, focuses on four Bhopal women who live in a tiny conservative village rebelling against long held taboos, many of them sexual. The independent film came under scrutiny from India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which kept it from being released in January of this year, citing issues with its sexual nature. In its decision, the CBFC faulted the film for being "lady oriented."