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Oct 29, 2016

Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality Award Gets Grand Reception

Oxfam India

Cinema has immense influence in Indian society, which is why Oxfam India instituted the 'Best Film on Gender Equality' award in partnership with JIO MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival and Star India. Through this first-of-its-kind honour in India, Oxfam India has recognised professional filmmakers who are making cinema which challenge gender-based social norms that lead to gender inequality and consequently violence against women.

The recipient of the award in its inaugural year is ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, a riveting tale of four women of different ages and their hidden desires. The film is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and stars Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur.

The jury comprised Oxfam Global Ambassador Rahul Bose, acclaimed filmmaker Shonali Bose and actor Kunal Kapoor.

The film “takes on marital rape, religious orthodoxy, the sexuality of an older woman, women taking agency over their bodies, expressing and acting on their lust with effervescence, humour and integrity, while never leaving you in any doubt about the ferocity of its intent. In spite of dealing with issues of gravitas, the film never compromises on its cinematic excellence.”

Opening Night: October 20, 2016

Oxfam Global Ambassador Rahul Bose introduced the award in front of a packed audience which included many leading personalities and influencers such as Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Nita and Mukesh Ambani, Nandita Das and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. You can hear his speech at the Royal Opera House here:

Brunch and Panel Discussion: October 25, 2016

A red carpet, women’s-only brunch hosted by Oxfam India and MAMI saw great celebrity attendance, a mark of their support to recognising the role of women in society and the need for changing gender norms.

Konkona Sen Sharma and Richa Chadha

Hear what Konkona had to say after the event:

Oxfam Global Ambassador Rahul Bose with the Oxfam India team.

Kiran Rao and Anupama Chopra

This was followed by a lively panel discussion on how women are perceived through films. The discussion was moderated by Oxfam Global Ambassador Rahul Bose.


Award Ceremony: October 27, 2016

The Award Ceremony night was packed with star power as it was attended by the who’s who of Bollywood! Watch the award giveaway of the award to the team of ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ here:

Looking forward to next year!

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