Lipstick Under My Burkha Movie Review

In the heart of the crowded streets of a small town in India, four women are in search of a little freedom. Although repressed and trapped in their world, they claim their desires by small acts of courage. Lipstick Under My Burkha depicts the secret life of four women who mixes rebellion and hedonism. The title slams like a feminist slogan would.

Lipstick Under My Burkha - 4 Indians in search of freedom


Alankrita Shrivastava paints a portrait of four female characters of different ages and situations in the same neighborhood. Their common feature is that they want to break free of the tradition that stifles them and would like to reconnect with their sexuality. Between these women and their dreams, the society constantly seeks to put them back in their place.

With such a point of departure, Lipstick Under My Burkha could have been a pamphlet blow or a drama in the portrait of woman worthy mode. Now, the film chooses another way. Lipstick Under my Burkha is a comedy about serious subjects and is not afraid to mix the registers. The humor is sometimes impertinent when the director diverts the stereotypes of the Indian romantic comedies.



It is sometimes more candid when the film gives rise to twists and gags. This coming and going between gravity, benevolence, and force is not necessarily the most balanced formula. But it makes the singularity of this film which is not afraid of the kitsch or the great differences. Here the reality is hard, such as scenes of domestic violence are accompanied by comical vignettes.

Though assumed, the comic aspect of Lipstick Under my Burkha sometimes threatens to play in its disfavor, bringing it closer to a harmless comedy. But who knows society and Indian cinema will notice the discreet butt of the director. In one of the first scenes of the film, a couple of lovers kiss on the lips. A seemingly banal gesture, but taboo in Indian cinema.

The rest of the film is in keeping with the name. Lipstick Under My Burkha talks about female sexuality, masturbation, pornography, without making a fuss. And the result remains more reserved than the most chaste episode of Sex and the City. Despite this, the Indian censor board has simply prohibited the release of the film in India. The reason cited in their official release being that it is too female oriented.