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While cinematographer Akshay Singh uses tight close-ups in cramped spaces to make you claustrophobic, Gazal Dhaliwal’s lines range from hilarious innuendos in seedy novels to out-of-character outbursts of frustrated women. A line from Zebunnisa Bangash-Anvita Dutt’s well-placed song Le Li Jaan goes, “12 takke byaaj pe, hassi hai udhar ki,” and the notion of this taxed independence is what defines the movie perfectly. Lipstick… may not drastically change things for women, but it’ll certainly smudge a few boundary lines.Read More
On the whole, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA deserves praise for its brave premise, characters and storytelling. At the box office however, the film will face an uphill task as the risqué and unconventional content will appeal only to niche audiences and that too just in the metropolitan cities.Read More
Lipstick Under My Burkhabusts many a myth and serves the purpose of lifting the haze of prudery that generally surrounds the portrayal of women in Hindi cinema. It throws the whole shebang into the pot – the result is a big, big bang that is bound to ring in our ears for a long, long time.Read More
You'll love Ratna Pathak Shah as Buaji and Konkona Sen Sharma as Shireen. But it's the two younger girls Plabita Borthakur and Aahana Kumra who hold their own. Watch it and renew your lipstick if you are a girl, and buy your girl one, if you are a lad. But don't miss this film. It's reality served with dollops of humor.Read More
Technically, the film is skillfully mounted with moderate production values. The editing by Charu Shree Roy deserves a special mention. Overall, the hype surrounding this film is bound to get you to watch it and disappoint it wont.Read More
To sum it up, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA is not a routine weekend phenomenon we enjoy with our families, it's a rare occurrence on screen that demands debate, has its own voice and dares to say something important and relevant. It has its feminist tones but in a society where we have seen ladies labeled as chachi, buaji, in their households and muhalla, Buaji in this film represents those chachis and buajis, when asked to say her name by the hunk at the swimming pool she takes a pause to remember her name. LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA is not just about desires, lust and fantasies of women like buaji, it's an attempt to make the buajis, the middle aged Shireen, the ambitious Leena and the teen Rehana find their lost identities in the society.
It's bold, thought provoking and also engaging. Go if you demand something different and cinematic this weekend. You won't regret it.
If you are looking out for some power-packed content then, opt for this bold shade of lipstick which has a long-lasting impact!Read More