Lipstick Under My Burkha Movie Review

lipstick under my burkha movie review

lipstick under my burkha movie review

After a long and controversial battle with the Central Board of Film Certification, Lipstick Under My Burkha has successfully hit the Indian screens on 21 July. The debated film exposes the problems and predicaments that curb the freedom of women. Lipstick Under My Burkha depicts the sexual suppression where women are just used as objects and are refused their freedom. Lipstick here denotes the desires of women while the patriarchal society is called the Burkha (veil that Muslim women wear).

Lipstick Under My Burkha bacame the victim of CBFC, where it refused to certify the film, terming it as ‘lady oriented’ with ‘abusive words’ and ‘audio pornography”. To this, the director of the film Alankrita Shrivastava responded in a very firm voice, “I believe the decision to refuse certification to our film is an assault on women’s rights.”

This controversy gave life to a social media campaign where popular TV actors like Divyanka Tripathi, Crystal D’Souza, Neeti Taylor and others held lipsticks in their hands (in a similar fashion as the poster of the movie) in support of the film.

Cast, Crew and other details
Leads: Konkona Sen Sharma (as Shirin), Ratna Pathak (as Usha), Aahana Kumra (as Leela), Plabita Borthakur (as Rehana)
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Producers: Prakash Jha
Writer: Gazal Dhaliwal (dialogue), Suhani Kanwar (additional screenplay), Alankrita Shrivastava (story & screenplay)
Genre: Drama/ Satire
Release Date: 21 July 2017
Movie Duration: 117 minutes
Other Cast: Shashank Arora, Sushant Singh, Vaibbhav Tatwawdi, Akash Sisodia, Sonal Jha, Vikrant Massey, Mayur More, Jagat Singh

Story-line of Lipstick Under My Burkha
Lipstick Under My Burkha is a simple yet sensitive story of four women who refuse to live their lives on the terms dictated by the male chauvinistic society. These ordinary women residing in the by-lanes of a small town decide to go against the every day repressions.

Lipstick Under My Burkha is an expression that explains the secret lives of these women in search of their freedom and fulfilling their hidden desires. The story dictates how they break through the shackles, courageous and undeterred by the so called norms of the society that restrict a woman’s rights.

Songs in the Film
The movie has subtle music running in the background that further deepens the emotions being portrayed through the scenes.

  • Jigi Jigi (singer: Malini Awasthi)
  • Ishquiya (singer: Neeti Mohan)
  • Le Li Jaan (singer: Zebunnisa Bangash)

Critics Ratings
Here’s how the major critics have rated the movie.
Deccan Chronicle – 3.5/5
The Indian Express – 3.5/5
Firstpost – 3.5/5
Hindustan Times – 3.5/5
The Times of India – 4/5

Our Review
The vision with which the movie has been made is applaud-able. All the actors have done terrific work to make the movie a success content-wise, if not commercially. It raises a question on the misogynist society that awards a living death to women, especially in the underprivileged areas, on a mere excuse that they were born as women. Women have remained oppressed and suppressed for centuries. The movie rekindles a ray of hope for all such women in the world today, to step out of their ‘Burkha’ and live a life they have thought of in their dreams.

We give it a 4.5/5 star rating!

Any less rating would be an insult to these pioneers of change.

Watch the official trailer

Recognition and Awards
Even before Lipstick Under My Burkha has hit the screens officially in India, it has already garnished numerous awards and appreciation from all round the world. Here’s a peek into the sensitive drama’s accomplishments.

  • Winner of The Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016
  • Konkona Sen Sharma was also awarded as the winner for Best Actress award.
  • Best Feature Audience Choice Award at the CinemAsia Film Festival, Amsterdam.
  • Ratna Pathak – Best Actor at the Ottawa Indian Film Festival.
  • Nominated for Best Feature Award- Swiss Premiere – Festival of Five Continents

Opening Film at following Festivals:

  1. New York Premiere – New York Indian Film Festival
  2. Washington Premiere – Washington International Film Festival
  3. Minnesota Premiere – St. Paul’s international Film Festival, Minneapolis
  4. Austin Premiere – IndiMeme Film Festival.

Lipstick Under My Burkha is an Indian movie of an altogether different league. It raises issues that confines the freedom of women in our country. The movie brings forward the atrocities that our women are exposed to all through their lives. From raising questions at women’s clothing to forced sex in a marriage, it addresses all of them boldly. Although the film has been stamped with an “A” certificate, it does not vividly focus on women’s sexuality but draws attention to their desires and problems.

Bollywood needs to work upon more such inspiring movies.

A sincere advice to our readers is not to miss out on the movie. It is worth all the time and money!

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