Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava’s controversial film Lipstick Under My Burkha, kickstarted the eighth edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2017 on Thursday (Aug 10). Later in the day, Srivastava took to Twitter to announce the good news that this multi-talented feminist film has won Best Indie film award. Not only that, for her outstanding performance in the film, Konkona Sen Sharma has bagged the Best Actress award.

“It was indeed a great pleasure to host the Australian premiere of ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’. The audience was thrilled to have seen a film that has literally redefined the way women-oriented content has been shaping up in India for the past few years,” said Mitu Bhowmick, founder of IFFM, in a statement, TOI reported.

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IFFM is a festival to celebrate the diversity in Indian cinema. It is known as one of the largest Indian film festivals that showcases over 60 Bollywood Films, Indie films and short films in 20 languages.

Speaking about the festival, Mitu Bhowmick said, “Alankrita and Konkona graced the opening night and also addressed questions of the curious audience post the film. We are happy to have Lipstick as the opening night film because the film doesn’t only entertain but also makes us think.”

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ hit the theatres last month and since then has been making waves at the box office.  Director Alankrita Shrivastava and her team, prior to its release, had invested their time and patience to challenge the censor board for denying the film certification.

Also Read: Lipstick Under My Burkha Wins Best Feature Award At CinemAsia

However, when finally the film won accolades all over the world, CBFC could not hold withhold the certification.

Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sensharma is fun, fearless and feminist – the actor of Lipstick Under My Burkha breaks new ground with every movie. Her directorial debut A Death in the Gunj received critical acclaim. This is the story of the woman behind the actor.

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Featuring Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen SharmaPlabita Borthakur and Aahana Kumra in the lead roles, the film offers “lady-oriented stories and desires”.

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