Lipstick Under My Burkha


Finally, the controversial and women-oriented movie, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ saw the light of the day on Friday. The film faced the flak of the conservative society before it hits the theatre because it reflects how the conservative society and narrow minded families are harsh to their girls. ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ tells the tales and woes of four women but in general, they represent the women genres of the society, who faces the wrath of their own people and others in living life on their own terms. Living life according to her wish is a big taboo in our society as it has created set a criterion for the women.

Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur are the four brilliant women who talked the plight of the society in their own style. The film shows how these four women go against the dynamic force of the social structure to live life according to their choice.

Leela (Aahana Kumra) a spirited girl, works at a local beauty parlour but she crossed her boundary by falling in love with a Muslim photographer-boyfriend Arshad (Vikrant Massey) whom she beds at regular intervals. She dreams to start her own business with her beau and plans to escape the marriage planned by her widow mother.

A college going, jeans clad girl Rehana Abdi (Plabita Borthakur) hails from a tailoring family wants to make big in singing, she is an ardent fan of Miley Cyrus but had to suppress her desire under the long length of burkha due to her strict Muslim parents. Once she is out of the boundary of her parents, she jumps out of the burkha and dons the avatar of a modern girl. With no money in hand to meet her luxury items, she is seen shoplifting a trendy lipstick and hiding it under her Burkha in old Bhopal.

The third woman, who is living life under the radar of her conservative family is married Shireen (Konkona Sen Sharma) a burkha-clad housewife and a mother of three children. Shireen is living her dream to become independent by furtively working as a door-to-door saleswoman without the knowledge of her Saudi-returned husband played by Sushant Singh. Shireen's husband, who works in Gulf, is currently on a two week vacation. Shireen is trying her best to hide her job from her hubby and her nights become miserable when she had to undergo undesired sex with her husband.

Last but not the least is a 55-year-old widow Usha Parmar (Ratna Pathak Shah), fondly called ‘Bauji’ whose voice is heard throughout the film. Usha a proud owner of Hawa Mahal is fighting the greedy builders, who want to buy her historic home. She develops a crush on a swimming pool life-guard (Jagat Singh).

The character of Usha, Shireen, Leela and Rehana are neatly woven by director and co-writer Alankrita Shrivastava. She beautifully lifted the turbulence of a rebellious society. Every character conceptualized by Alankrita is a perfect slice of life. The director deserves full kudos.

Speaking about the acting skill in a whole, every actor Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur played their part with perfection and they brought the role alive on the 70mm screen.

Vikram Singh's production design is amazing; Akshay Singh's cinematography is worth praising. Zebunissa Bangash and Mangesh Dhakde's music is soothing to the ears.

In the nutshell, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is worth watching. It opens one’s mind and makes us to think about the society in which we live and take breath. ‘Lipstick Under The Burkha’ is a cinematic excellence.