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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DIFF2017: Lipstick Under My Burkha

Lipstick Under My Burkha
Alankrita Shrivastava
Ratna Pathak
Aahana Kumra
Plabita Borthakur
Konkona Sen Sharma
Vikrant Massey
Sushant Singh
Shashank Arora
Jagat Singh

Even though being banned in the the country it was made in, "Lipstick Under My Burkha" bucks patriarchal Indian society and tears down stereotypes of what good woman is. The film had a huge controversy in India over it's content and was subsequently banned from being shown anywhere in India. The CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) or censor board refused to certify the film for showings, stating that "The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contanious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society"(Wow, so of course I had to see it). The film is centered on the lives of 4 women in different ages and stages of life. In one way or another their lives are being controlled by society or others, so they each find a way to rebel aginst the oppressors in their lives. All to the narration of a steamy romance novel it encompasses the essence of femininity and what it's like to be a woman.

The film I saw was brave and astoundingly funny to say the least. Alankrita Shrivastava took many risks with the subject matter, for a movie to come out so light hearted with a subject so heavy. The cinematography was bright and colorful that didn't cover up for the some dark parts. The film addressed many issues all women deal with some more than others but all can understand. I feel it was done tactfully so as to not alienate the men out there because I think they can enjoy this story too. All the actors were incredible I loved Plabita Borthakur I could totally relate to her character. Konkona Sen Sharma she made me cry and Aahana Kumra was great, but the one that stood out for me was Ratna Pathak she was the best she wasn't just Usha-ji she truly was "Rosy".

Apart from that, the movie is pretty explicit and honest at times. It does have a scene of marital rape, but I find that it was necessary for the storyline this a real thing for people around the world. We need not to shy away because it is a "uncomfortable" subject or it hasn't happened to us. This film was impeccably done I will be recommending it for years on, they make it accessible to all and is most definitely worth the ticket.

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(Review by Samantha Leggio)

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