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Lipstick Under My Burkha Movie Review

Release Date: July 21, 2017
Cast: Konkona Sensharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 1 hour 57 minutes      

To create hype, you need a fancy name and this is exactly what ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is all about. The movie claims to espouse women’s rights, but it ends up doing nothing except titillating the audience. And don’t blame the audience because the movie intentionally utilizes steamy scenes to market the movie. It has to use this approach since intrinsically, it does not have anything substantial to offer to the audience. Furthermore, the movie dwells solely on the sexual freedom of woman, as if to claim that women’s right is only related to matters of carnal pleasures. Whatsoever happened to women’s education, career opportunities, participation in political sphere, women’s health, etc. No, who will be interested in such boring topics, so the movie makers thought and decided for some sexually explicit scenes and dialogues. And everything done in the name of women’s rights, wow!

And even the characters in the movie seem to be created out of the imaginations of the movie makers. Yes, there may be some people like these in real life, but they and their sexual predilections cannot be used to mirror the entire society. An attempt has been made in the movie to represent these nasty women as an icon for the society. Sex is just one of the many needs and there are several other aspects of life that have been completely ignored by the makers of ‘Lipstick under my burkha’. It is also possible that the movie makers may be on the payrolls of cosmetic industry that may be eying the impressionable minds in the Indian market. The movie is likely to be attempting to create a social change in mindsets that would allow these cosmetic companies to sell their products. Lipstick, anyone?

The movie uses some standard formula to belittle the male species. One of the common accusations, as shown in the movie, is the mechanical humping done by a character in the movie. The question to ask is ‘how can you change something that has been designed to be mechanical’. It’s mechanical across all species that hump and is not limited to humans. The lead characters Shireen (Konkona), Leela (Aahana), Rihana (Plabita), and Usha (Ratna) just follow the script and do the needful. Most of them know how to lie with a straight face.

Lipstick under my burkha is just a truckload of hooks to catch you and bring you to the movie theaters. Burkha, lipstick, raunchy scenes, women’s sexual freedom (misguided), talk about condoms, sex before marriage, sexual fantasies and other such stuff. However, sometimes it’s necessary to take the bait to be able to see what lies on the other side. That’s the one and only reason you should be watching Lipstick under my burkha.

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