India has seen many women-oriented films in past few years, but still, films having content, which are not accepted by society, are usually banned. Same happened with Lipstick under my Burkha, which was banned but got to release this Friday. Whole Bollywood fraternity came to their support and started the campaign. Finally, after the movie is released, let us see if it was really worth the hype.
Plot of the movie – An artistic point of View
The movie revolves around 4 women who are bumped by societal norms and rights. They lie, cheat and do everything in order to fulfill their wishes. Shireen (Konkana Sen) is a married woman having a typical male chauvinist husband. However, she is happy with her salesman job. Leela (Ahana) is a bride to be who live out her fantasies and fulfill her sexual desires by manipulating men. Rihana (Plabita) dreams of wearing ripped jeans, thinking of bad boys but is clad under a Burkha and Usha Buaji (Ratna Pathak) has her hidden fantasies but fear to own to her growing age.
However, what is so controversial about their lives is ambiguous until the end. Director Alankrita Srivastava has tried to mould all 4’s lives neatly but there are few gaps.
Exceptional Performances of all the Artists
All the 4 women have brilliantly acted in the movie making it more relatable. How Konkana is helpless shows the situation of every middle-class working woman. Plabita and Aahana are today’s girl but have hidden fantasies which society do not accept and have light up every frame they are in. The new light shown via the character of Usha by Ratna Pathak will let all understand that even older women dream about sex. The dialogues by Gazal Dhaliwal especially in the outburst by the women are clap worthy.
If performances were the only thing to be seen, the movie does open the doors. But the movie may not drastically change the way society looks at women.
Our Final Words
Overall, Lipstick Under my Burkha tells you that as men even women have their fantasies at it is above age, caste or religion. It is their right just like men to live rightfully in the society and not under their so-called norms. The movie does keep you tight and you do not get bored but the direction at tight spaces could have been better. To get to watch a new concept and especially for Men, go watch Lipstick Under my Burkha.