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Movie Review – Lipstick Under My Burkha.

Plot 
The movie takes you through life situations and needs of four women in the Tier-2 City of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Rihanna(Plabita Borthakur) seeks the freedom to be who she wants. A two-timing beautician Leela(Ahana Kumra), seeks to escape the claustrophobia of her small town. A housewife Shireen(Konkona Sen Sharma), with three children seeks the alternative life of a saleswoman. A 55-year-old widow, Usha(Ratna Pathak Shah),  finds sexual reawakening through a telephone romance with a young swimming coach.

What’s Good:

The film is a kind of a wake up call to conservative Indian society as to how, when and what women of all ages want from their lives. The movie will shock you and  jolt you that to what  extent a simple woman can go to get what she wants to achieve from being a thief, to being a detective, to a sales girl, to a slut, to a liar. When a woman wants it she will get it.

So Indian patriarchal society wake up and give women their due credit. Because they don’t mind taking it on their own.The umpteen kissing and intimate scenes are tastefully shot with no sleaze or vulgarity, all four women give in a superb acting performance no mistakes anywhere, such social message movies usually tend to be boring but not this one. It has cheesy corny and hilarious dialogues which garner laughs throughout the movie and delivering the message without getting too sad and serious, among the male actors Vikrant Massey, Sushant Singh and Jagat Singh give out a superb portrayal in their roles. Newbie Director Alankrita Shrivastava manages to put forth the point of view of the woman of today and the thoughts and needs of woman in a powerful and humorous way and is able to extract the necessary emotions, expressions and performance from the veteran starcast.

What’s Bad
Simply no complaints or flaws to pick on.

Verdict
Lipstick Under My Burkha is worth all the hype it gets, its a mature story narrated powerfully without getting preachy and holds a mirror in the face of patriarchal society. Director Alankrita Shrivastava  does a good job.
Rating 4.5 of 5 stars

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