Director Alankrita Shrivastava’s movie Lipstick Under My Burkha released on Friday and has garnered the positive response from the critics as well as the audience. The movie starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur was banned by the censor board for its inappropriate content.
However, this movie proved it that sometimes a threat of the ban is the best thing to happen to a film. Especially, if the filmmakers decide to fight back, and win: from being the kind of film which potentially could have remained a festival-fringe. Lipstick Under My Burkha after getting international recognition and winning awards had finally released in the theaters of India this week, getting thumbs up from the critics as well as the audience.
Lipstick Under My Burkha is a social drama which focuses on freedom for women to express their sexual desires. Besides penning a unique story, Alankrita Shrivastava has adapted an interesting narrative technique, which is engaging and entertaining.
Let’s hear what some of the critics have to say about the movie.
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express:
What makes Lipstick Under My Burkha the film it is, is the upfront, frank manner in which female desire and fantasy are treated, running like a strong, vital thread through the film. Take a bow, producer Prakash Jha, director Alankrita Shrivastava, and the entire cast and crew.
Namrata Joshi, The Hindu:
Shrivastava’s women are identifiable, their predicaments and problems are easy to relate to. What adds more conviction to the portrayals are the persuasive performances by all the ladies at the helm. Shrivastava portrays rebellions as persistent battles than one defining, decisive war. It is evident in the culmination which is realistic enough not to be like hitting the proverbial sixer to victory.
Anna MM Vetticad, Firstpost:
It is clear why Censors were unnerved by this brave, fun film. This film is not about women of any particular religious group. It is about all women living in the shadow of tyranny. It should not come as a surprise to anyone that Lipstick Under My Burkha made the CBFC uncomfortable.
Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times:
This is a film you must not miss as it is not everyday Bollywood films that talk about women and their desires.
Suhani Singh, Indiatoday:
Lipstick Under My Burkha is truly an ensemble film in which every performer leaves her or his mark. Shrivastava’s film is a plea for women to not give up on their dreams and their voices silenced in the patriarchal society. That she does it without being preachy and in an engaging mode makes her film even better. This is definitely a lady-oriented film is for the mass.