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Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016)

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In order to be independent and break free from the conservative society, four women sets on a journey to discover freedom and happiness.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Aahana Kumra ... Leela
Ratna Pathak Shah ... Usha (as Ratna Pathak)
Konkona Sen Sharma ... Shirin
Plabita Borthakur ... Rehana
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Mukesh Aditya Mukesh Aditya ... BMC Official 1
Disha Arora ... Fatima (as Rahim's mistress)
Shashank Arora ... Dhruv
Savita Bhargav Savita Bhargav ... Mrs. Navjot Kaur
Akaber Bukhari Akaber Bukhari ... Sales Executive
Sawstika Chokraberty Sawstika Chokraberty ... Manoj's Mother
Sudhir Choubey Sudhir Choubey ... Honeymoon Travel Agent
Deepak Deepak ... Mall Security Guard
Pankaj Divedi Pankaj Divedi ... Swimsuit Shop Salesman
Aseem Dubey Aseem Dubey ... BMC Official 2
Namita Dubey Namita Dubey ... Namrata
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Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, Lipstick Under My Burkha chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom. Though stifled and trapped in their worlds, these four women claim their desires through small acts of courage and stealthy rebellion.

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Hindi

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8 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Lipstick Waale Sapne See more »

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Rehana: There's no end to rules in a girls life. Don't sing, don't dance, you'll shame us. Don't walk like that, people will stare. Keep your eyes down, what will people say? Don't breathe, your heaving chest will attract attention! Don't wear lipstick, you'll have an affair! Don't wear jeans, you'll create a scandal! I want to ask the authorities, what exactly will happen? Why does our freedom scare you so?
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Slow & Tiring!
22 August 2017 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

'Lipstick Under My Burkha' is the recent critical darling, that also rocked the box-office. Some call it shocking, some scandalous, some brave, some path-breaking. BUT for me, personally speaking, this one's a letdown! Slow & Tiring, this women-centric film boasts fine performances, but in terms of narrative, it fails to engage!

Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom. Though stifled and trapped in their worlds, these four women claim their desires through small acts of courage and stealthy rebellion.

'Lipstick Under My Burkha' isn't a pro feminist film. Sure, its about women exploring their inner needs in a small town filled with repulsively sexist men dominating them, but it doesn't do much for Women in the end. I am a city boy, but I sense how it must feel to be these women in small towns. And that's why this film has done the business it has, because the connect value must be immense.

But, the narrative is monotonous & overlong. At nearly 2 hours, I found myself bored for the most bit. The 4 women have interesting dynamics & troubles to deal with it, but none engage all through. The film falls apart in the second-hour & the culmination is unconvincing. The first-hour has a few winning moments, but nothing stands out in particular.

Its the performances that take the cake! Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur are scene-stealing good. The Ever-Terrific Ratna Pathak is heartbreakingly affecting as Bua Ji, who comes in terms with her needs in a society where an aged women is nearly alien. Konkona is equally competent as the housewife, only left to be a piece sexual pleasure by her horrifying husband. Aahana is feisty & seductive as a young-blood torn between 2 men & goes all-out in the sex-scenes. Here's a performer with genuine potential. Plabita is likable & forceful as the young soul waiting to sing & pursue her passion, despite her orthodox parents. These 4 four women give 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' the strength, that sadly the Writing Lacks.

Alankrita Shrivastava, The Writer & Director, has tappings of a fearless storyteller. But over here, it only shows in sparks. Her Writing is a tiresome exercise in monotony, that doesn't go beyond its one-liner concept. Her Direction, though naturalistic, still could've been sharper.

Given the hype around, I expected 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' to be a strong & engrossing film about Women in small towns of India. And while it is that, its also bland & tedious for the most part.


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