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Film Reviews

By Dr Asma Sayed

In the land of Kama Sutra, and amid the temples of Khajuraho, depicting sexual intimacy remains a taboo topic. Female sexuality in particular is a subject not openly discussed in India. Therefore, it was no surprise when the Central Board of Film Certification India deemed Alankrita Srivastava’s latest film Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017) to be offensive. The board, in 2016, when the film was seeking certification, was headed by Pahlaj Nihalani, a government appointee to the position; Nihalani found the film ‘lady-oriented’. The subject of the film is women’s desire, which was in and of itself considered offensive. Such reactionary response to the film demonstrates the very deep social need to address the silence surrounding this issue. Yet, the film, which has been hailed by many in India as the feminist film of the year, disappoints on various levels, especially in the way it stereotypes Muslim men and women.

Black Lion Productions: Lions of the Sea by Jessi Thind takes award.

Calcutta, India (PRWEB) October 23, 2017 -- Just in time for film festival season, the Canadian film "Lions of the Sea'' written by Jessi Thind based on his novel published in 1998 has picked up a prestigious Indian honour, winning Best Feature Script at the Calcutta International Film Festival.

"I’ve been working on this project for twenty years and it’s great that world-wide audiences are suddenly recognizing the importance of the Komagata Maru event and the multiple perspectives I have used to tell the story in the film,” Jessi Thind, the film’s writer said when he found out about the award. “I am amazed and delighted especially at the unbelievable response from producers and distributors interested in the emotional impact of the story.”

"Lions of the Sea'' began pre-production in 2003, but was stalled due to production set-backs. Thind has stated he had to wait to resume the adaptation of his novel in 2010 as he considered several co-production deals. “There has been interest from several production companies and now these awards are opening doors and making things happen fast.”