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Lipstick Under My Burkha

Bitter for the Society, True for the Nation

Aurangabad, October 11, 2017 : Alankrita Shrivastava has hit the theatres with a bold and true picturization about the society we are living in with Lipstick Under My Burkha. The story shows the audience the reality of the society and what is being done against it. The movie faced many difficulties until it reached the theatres as from censor board as well as from people at some instances. The story revolves around four ordinary women in Bhopal who lead secretive lives on their own, tired with their daily problems. The movie has shown the sexual needs of women as well as when the things are going wrong when it comes to sex. We can say that whatever they live in their secretive life can be their real life in parallel universe i.e. if society permits, the same would turn out to be the real life.

Coming to characters, Plabita Borthakur plays the role of Rihana, a young girl who is a big fan of Miley Cyrus and wants to live her life as her. She dances behind the room whereas outside she has to sew Burkhas which somehow snatches her freedom and her basic right to live her as she wants. She wishes nothing but a normal life as of how teenagers live the life in college, freely. Then comes Leela (Ahana Kumra), a mid-twenties girl who is on the border of bachelor life and marriage thinks of nothing but completing her sexual desires in her life. She has shown nothing but common wish of girls to be involved in sexual life as well irrespective of situations. Confused between her lover and her fiancĂ©e, she drives through many moods as the story goes on. Shireen starred by Konkona Sen Sharma becomes a victim of marital rape. She has no right over her body when it comes to sex. Her husband who has returned from Saudi is shown as a sex addict and uses the body of her wife (Shireen) to complete the need without showing affection towards the body or her feelings. Shireen is good at her work outside but has to hide behind her Burkha because the society doesn’t allow women to work. Suppressed in her life, she wants nothing but freedom in commercial world as well as in personal life. The final lead character is Usha starred by Ratna Pathak Shah who is of 55 ages and is bound to have no sexual desires because of the society. She realises that even she has a name and that she too can have sexual desires but only because of the society she must stop or live her sexually desired life in private.

The plot describes the complete situation of different girls irrespective of age group. The story is hard and hits not only the mind but also the heart of people in real sense. Movie was facing censor issues from past few months before releasing but still made it to the box office. People have loved the movie. Though it has used a particular community to portray the idea, it implies to all the girls of today’s society of India. The movie is a must-watch movie and leaves the audience in a dilemma after the end.


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