‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ Review: Bold but weak on plot

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ Review.

Director: Alankrita Shrivastava. Producer: Prakash Jha
Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma. Ratna Pathak. Sushant Singh
Release Date: July 21, 2017 ( India)
Run Time: 2 hours and 29 Minutes

Set in a small town of India, a burkha-clad college girl struggles to be a pop singer. A young beautician seeks to escape the small town. An oppressed housewife lives the alternate life of an enterprising saleswoman. A 55 year old widow rediscovers her sexuality through a phone romance. Trapped in their worlds, they claim their desires through secret acts of rebellion


Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Rajeev Masand Site:News18
On the flip side, the male characters are almost all dominating and unsympathetic, thereby perpetuating the popular feminist stereotype of men. The film’s ending too comes off as contrived and clunky, one of the only bits that doesn’t ring true. But these are minor hiccups in a bold, honest film that hits the right notes. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for Lipstick Under My Burkha. It’s accessible and entertaining; that rare film about empowerment that delivers plenty laughs. Make sure not to miss it.

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Saibal Site:NDTV
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.


Lipstick Under My Burkha trailer

Ratings:4/5 Review By:Nihit Bhave Site:Times Of India
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.

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Sweta Site:Hindustan times
With all the hue and cry around it, you would expect a film that is all about sex. Except, this isn’t. Lipstick Under My Burkha is a simple story about four women and their dreams – of financial independence, of becoming a singer, of moving to a big city and of simply, enjoying life. The fact that these desires remain hidden from the society makes their desires seem like adventurous trips. Lipsticks, in the film, are these desires while the patriarchal society is the Burkha. .

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Shubhra GuptaSite:Indian Express
A song I love goes: where do you go to my lovely, when you’re alone in your head? Lipstick Under My Burka takes us into that space, and lets its characters out, to start walking down forbidden paths, finding support in sisterhood, and in the recognition that we all have shades of Rosie in us. It is a film to be celebrated. Take a bow, producer Prakash Jha, director Alankrita Srivastava, and the entire cast and crew. And now excuse me while I go looking for my deepest, reddest lipstick.

Ekta’s unique promotional method for ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’

Ekta Kapoor’s unique promotional method for her upcoming film “Lipstick Under My Burkha” has been getting a lot of attention, as several celebs have taken up the challenge and shared their pictures. The Lipstick rebellion movement is part of the promotions for the movie.

First it was the female television actors who posted their pictures with the lipstick. Now its the turn of the guys to give their support to the The Lipstick Under My Burkha social media campaign.

Now for the first time, a leading male actor has dared to pick up a lipstick and show his middle finger to all the do’s and don’ts dictated to women in the society.

Here’s Arjun Kapoor with the Lipstick. “Let no one tell u what to do. Here’s to all u amazing women out there! Real Men stand with strong women.”

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TV actress Kamya Panjabi even posted a topless picture on her Instagram account – a bareback picture holding a lipstick. But later, the actress backed out and deleted the topless picture from Instagram (probably fearing a backlash).

Actor Naseeruddin Shah, posing with the lipstick, for the movement.

Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ (directed by Alankrita Shrivastava) gained a lot of attention in the last few months, as the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) refused to certify the film because the film is laced with sexual scenes and abusive words, apart from other things. After being ordered to certify the film by the country’s Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was finally awarded an adult certificate, and will soon be shown in cinema halls.