Lipstick Under My Burkha, a Bollywood film, has recently bagged a top prize at the TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards in London.
The Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen was introduced this year and sponsored by philanthropist Surina Narula.
The film has been awarded by the TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards, where the judges included Surina Narula, philanthropist and sponsor of the event, Richard Creasey, managing director of BFC Media Ltd, owner of Moscow’s first IMAX theatre, and Denise Parkinson, entertainment director, global and UK for the Telegraph Media Group.
The panel was chaired by award-winning cinematographer, director and screenwriter Steven Bernstein.
The film which was initially denied a release in India in January 2017, after the country’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused a certificate, stating that “There are contagious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society”
Lipstick Under My Burkha is produced by Prakash Jha and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and stars Konkona SenSharma and Ratna Pathak Shah among others. Actor Gabriella Wright, also a film producer and philanthropist working for women’s rights, received the award from Narula, on behalf of the filmmakers. She said she felt an emotional bond with the film as the issue was very close to her heart.
The TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards, launched in 2012, are an annual film competition for companies and institutions, recognising those whose films most powerfully portray solutions for sustainability.