What is it about?
Alankrita Shrivastava, the director of the film, takes through a story of four women who want to live a dream life but unfortunately, their dreams don't turn into reality because of social obstacles. Lipstick Under My Burkha is not a regular film with commercial elements, while the movie is the reflection of what a woman undergoes in our society. The film talks about the lack of freedom, sexual desire of an old age woman, a focused career oriented married woman and a lady who is forced to sacrifice her love and marry the one who is chosen by her mother.
What makes the film?
The movie is about four characters played by Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Ratna Pathak and Konkona Sen Sharma. Each of this woman has a desire in life and are not happy about the way their lives are. Lipstick Under My Burkha is a typical reflection of what a woman faces in our society. The plot of the movie revolves around a desire that each of this character wants to do in their life, but due to their family and the society, they live a forceful life. What happens next? Do they finally live the desired life? Well, this makes the film's storyline!
What didn't work?
The film went through a lot of controversies since the release of its first look. There were also issues with CBFC cuts and finally the film hit screens. This is indeed a controversial film, so which means there needs to be a maturity in understanding the director's point of view of the storyline. The film's big let down is the adult content which does not make it a family audience kind of film. Secondly, the film does not give any commercial entertainment and if you are a commercial film lover then strictly this isn't for you. Next, the portrayal of men in the film is very harsh which may not be acceptable by a few section of audiences.
All the characters in the film have truly done outstanding performances. The storyline demanded these characters to do bold acts and to deliver some impactful dialogues which worked very well. Above all the film's realistic storyline is sure to be loved by many experimental movies fans.
Lipstick Under My Burkha is a bold attempt and a reflection of society on the big screen. The film talks reality of what a woman comes across in her life and how much does she sacrifice for the society and her family.