May 21 2018
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Lipstick Under My Burkha – Review

Cast- Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in lead roles along with Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey, Shashank Arora, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Jagat Singh Solanki in supportive roles.
Director- Alankrita Shrivastava
Review- ‘Burkha’ as the name suggest is a veil to hide the women’s entity but in this film, it’s much more than that. It’s not restricted to Muslim women but engulfs any woman who has no option but to hide her desires for the silly yet ruthless societal norms.
The story revolves around four women having secret lives and fantasies. Their desires turn them into liars, cheats and even a thief but it is these desires that keep them alive.
Every character has lived up to its performance. Buaaji ( Ratna Pathak shah) is the matriarch who lives in Hawai Mahal (quit synonymous with the dreams that she starts believing in ) and runs her sweet shop. She resorts to pulp fiction to get rid of the morbid and mundane life. Soon she starts believing in the character Rosie and thinks that she is living her life when the swimming coach convinces her that she should also learn how to swim.
Shireen( Konkana Sen) a star salesgirl who can convince anyone but her boorish husband.
Leela (Aahana Kumara) wants to make it big in Delhi and wants to run away from the claustrophobia of small town.
Rihanna (Plabita Borthakur) is a young college going girl – a rebel inside her burkha.
These women are living grim lives but their lives come to a full circle during the Diwali celebrations where the bursting of cracker has been juxtaposed with the revelations of their secrets and lies. The red lipstick they wear for the celebrations symbolizes the fire and the rebellion each woman carries and the fact that lipstick can be rubbed and smudged also highlights the nature of their protest and desires in all men’s world.
The movie has been kept real and far away from being preachy. It’s a must watch if you are looking for something that makes you sit down, think and carry back home.

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