Lipstick Under My Burkha

1h 57min | Drama | Hindi with English subtitles

In order to be independent and break free from the conservative society, four women sets on a journey to discover freedom and happiness.

While overtly feminist films have been trending for some time in the Arab world, in India none are as bold and colorful as Alankrita Shrivastava’s second feature, Lipstick Under my Burkha. Despite its catchy title, not all the characters are Muslim or wear a burkha. But the metaphor holds for all of these freedom fighters as they seek personal and sexual liberation from domineering husbands, overbearing boyfriends and a claustrophobic society.

The film is a subdued conversation starter — let us talk about women’s desires as well as their rights, let women open up about their dreams.

Akshay Singh’s cinematography is generally bright and busy, but he also skillfully uses color to set these daring women off from their conservative environment. Zebunnisa Bangash’s music adds rhythm to the scenes.