The trailer of Alankrita Shrivastava’s film, very strategically and with thesis-like precision gives us four women from different age groups who just want to throw it(the burkha) off and breathe easy.
The burkha is of course a metaphor. And one that Germaine Greer would have grabbed at greedily 30 years ago. Today ‘throwing off the burkha’ hardly seems revolutionary , let alone exciting as an idea for a movie.Lately Leena Yadav got three rural Rajasthani women together in Parched to discuss , ahem, sex and other forbidden pleasures even as back home men continued to brutalize them .
In Parched Tannishtha Chatterjee
Lipstick Under My Burkha deviates from the pseudo-feminist norm of throwing off the burkha—a variation onKaanton se kheench key yeh
What a relief! A chick flick where the men are actually not jerks.
Make no mistake. Lipstick Under My Burkha is a full-blown chick flick serving up all the clichés of the genre and blissfully ticking all the boxes one by one. There are four women from different generations lunging for some solid tumble in the hay with strangers . Ratna Pathak Shah(50 plus), Konkona Sen Sharma(30 plus), AhanaKumra(20 plus) and Plabita Borthakur(20-
So put up your feet, all you fans of Chetan Bhagat’s brand of designer-feminism. Lipstick Under My Burkhapromises to give the New Indian Woman a new look under the burkha(or the dupatta or the ghunghat). As soon she throws of the burkha and smears lip gloss , she is ready for the kill.
Rating: ** 1/2 (two and a half stars)