Bollywood ordered to lift ban on female make-up artists

The Supreme Court has ruled that a six-decade ban on women being employed as make-up artists in the film industry, must end as it is gender biased and must stop immediately. While women work in most areas of the industry including as technicians and hairdressers, the industry does not permit women to work as make-up artists. Trade unions say this is to ensure men are not deprived of work. In a court case brought by Charu Khurana and other female make-up artists against the Cine Costume Make-Up Artists and Hair Dressers Association (CCMAA) the Bench said it would not permit this type of discrimination and directed the CCMAA to delete the clause immediately. While this case related to the Mumbai-based Hindi and English language film industry Bollywood, the court said it will also take action against regional language film industries based in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, which also bar women make-up artists.