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Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016)

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Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, Lipstick Under My Burkha chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom. Though stifled and trapped in their worlds... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Usha (as Ratna Pathak)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mukesh Aditya ...
BMC Official 1
Fatima (as Rahim's mistress)
Savita Bhargav ...
Mrs. Navjot Kaur
Akaber Bukhari ...
Sales Executive
Sawstika Chokraberty ...
Manoj's Mother
Sudhir Choubey ...
Honeymoon Travel Agent
Deepak ...
Mall Security Guard
Pankaj Divedi ...
Swimsuit Shop Salesman
Aseem Dubey ...
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Namita Dubey ...


Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, Lipstick Under My Burkha chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom. Though stifled and trapped in their worlds, these four women claim their desires through small acts of courage and stealthy rebellion.

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Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016) was screened worldwide at different Film Festivals and was appreciated at each one of them. Europe Premiere - Stockholm International Film Festival (Spotlight Section) Estonia Premiere - POFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia Africa Premiere - Cairo International Film Festival (Festival of Festivals Section) UK Premiere - Glasgow International Film Festival (Winner, Audience Award Best Film) North America Premiere - Miami International Film Festival France Premiere - Films des Femmes Creteil, Paris (Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Best Feature Film) London Premiere - London Asian Film Festival (Winner, Best Film and Winner, Standout Performance, Ratna Pathak Shah ) Edinburgh Premiere - Edinburgh Asian Film Festival Leicester Premiere - Leicester Asian Film Festival Rotterdam Premiere - CinemAsia Rotterdam Ohio Premiere - Cleveland International Film Festival (Nominated, Best Female Director) Dallas Premiere - Dallas International Film Festival Greece Premiere - Greek National film Archive, Special screening of Women's Films: Tribute to Women Hawaii Premiere - Hawaii International Film Festival (Spring Showcase) New York Premiere - New York Indian Film Festival ( Opening Film and Winner, Best Actress Konkona Sen Sharma Los Angeles (2nd LA screening) - LA Asia Pacific Film Festival Washington Premiere - Washington International Film Festival (Nominated, Best International Feature) Minnesota Premiere - St. Paul's international Film Festival, Minneapolis Austin Premiere - Indie Meme Film Festival Canada Premiere - Toronto IFFSA Ottawa Premiere - Ottawa Indian Film Festival (Winner, Best Actor for Ratna Pathak Shah ) Swiss Premiere - Festival of Five Continents (Nominated, Best Feature) Korea Premiere- Seoul Women's International Film Festival German Premiere - International Film Festival Emden-Nordenrey China Premiere - Shanghai International Film Festival Bradford Premiere - Bradford Literature Festival See more »


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over-hyped; can be missed
9 August 2017 | by (india) – See all my reviews

This movie revolves around the lives of 4 women. The director tries to portray how unhappy these 4 are in their lives, due to their circumstances which are mainly the result of our society. Ratna Pathak's narration throughout the movie is very irritating, even though her performance is very bold and outstanding. The movie tends to be very slow and has been unnecessarily prolonged.

There is no proper conclusion shown in the end and it is left uncertain, as the movie ends abruptly. Watch the movie only if you have nothing else to do.

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