Lipstick Under My Burkha movie review: Women Fantasies Vs Societal Norms

Lipstick Under My Burkha movie review: Women Fantasies Vs Societal Norms

Lipstick Under My Burkha movie is one of the rebellious pieces of director Alankrita Shrivastava with bold, brutal and sexual repression scene. After fighting with India’s Censor Board, It is finally making impression on the mind of audiences. This much-awaited movie will surely tremble your mind with some emotional touching truth of women life. It features Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Vikrant Massey and Sushant Singh in the prominent roles. The director Alankrita Shrivastava blended unbridled dreams of women so beautifully.

The plot of the story revolves around the life of four women with their unbridled dreams who trapped their lives in owing to societal norms and stereotypes. The Burkha that is a piece of outer clothing like ghoonghat that used to eliminate temptations of the flesh is prosecuted under this movie. It is set in a middle-class locality in Bhopal and it centres around the lives of the four protagonists Usha Parmar aka Buaji played by Ratna Pathak Shah is an elderly widow who suppresses her deep-seated physical desires. Shireen Aslam played by Konkona Sen Sharma a sales girl who does a job without her husband as she is just a mere sex object for her husband who has scant regard for her feelings. Rehana’s role played by Plabita Borthakur a collegian who finds her Burkha stifling as it confines her. And the last one is Leela played by Ahana Kumra who loves photographer (Vikrant Massey) Arshad.

The crux of the movie is how each of them leads an unhappy and uncomfortable life secretly long to be someone else. Although four of them are not related to each other in the movie. The cleverly crafted screenplay depicts the dexterous manner in which their lives are interwoven. Each actor portrays their character with confidence and sincerity. Sushant Singh plays a role of Shireen Aslam chauvinistic husband who is natural and convincing.

The music of the movie is basic like lost somewhere in the backdrop. Though the first half is a bit slow the pace gathers momentum after the interval. The last scene appears bit theatrical that forced to enact the supremacy of women over society. The film is skillfully mounted technically with moderate production values and the editing by Charu Shree Roy deserves a special mention. Overall, you won’t get disappointed as it bound you to watch till the end.

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