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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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Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, and director Alankrita Shrivastava reveal their list of must-see movies and classic picks in this episode of "The Insider's Watchlist" by IMDb.



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Usha (as Ratna Pathak)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Akaber Bukhari ...
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Sawstika Chokraberty ...
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Sudhir Choubey ...
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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 Waale Sapne  »

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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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Women have the same desires or needs as men.
6 September 2017 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Basically what the film showed was that humans will remain unhappy till the time they look for others to define happiness for them! We all form an opinion about life based on whatever inputs we pick up from the environment. There are many cheap perverts out there in this world who have the money to spread the filth of their minds worldwide…initially it was difficult because it costed a lot of money to get a book published but with the arrival of internet, millions of people can write anything they want and become famous overnight!

Anyways, in this film, a 55 years old widow is heavily into reading soft porn and as we all know, what you mind, matters – so she tries to get close to a boy younger to her by 35 years or so! She hides her identity and engages in sex-chatting with the boy who was more of her son's age! When the boy comes to know, he comes to her locality and insults her in front of everyone….though it did not make much of a difference to her…..just like some sex-starved man who goes to the brothel and hires sex-worker of the age group of probably his grand-daughter! So since females follow the males blindly, this film showed exactly how women change their ways of life by comparing it with males! So when males are allowed to hire young sex-workers why can't aged females hire young males to fornicate with them!? This is the logic basically. So in the absence of proper red light areas for females to visit, they rope in locality or neighborhood males to quench their sexual desires.

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Now Shireen was a housewife whose husband only had one relation with her – Sex. She had an overdose of sex in her life- that she did not like! She already had 3 kids and often visited the clinic for abortion since her husband did not like to use condoms…so Usha had dearth of sex and Shireen had overdose of sex – both disliked their existence.

Leela was in love with a local photographer and wanted to become a business woman- and be very rich. Her mother was a nude model for artists who wanted her daughter to marry some well settled man. But Leela was least bothered about her mom's ambitions – she used to dive on the hay for a quickie anytime, every time – though not with just anyone but only with her lover. When her lover turns her down, she tries to 'eff' her fiancé – who said he would only like to have sex on the 1st night of their wedding!

Rehana was a teenager and her parents, although poor, educated her in English medium school. They thought that their daughter will grow up to be a confident English speaking citizen but on the contrary, she became a shoplifter and liked to dress up like some western hooligan….with torn acid washed jeans etc. She joins college and befriends a wrong kinda company who believed in late night parties, drugs, alcohol land sleeping around with anyone who catches your fancy! She is arrested by the cops at the end…..and the guy she was going around with had recently impregnated another college girl! wow!

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