LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA CalgaryFilm2017 web
World Cinema

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Year 2016
Runtime 117 mins
Language Hindi
Subtitles English

Packed with humour and plenty of heart, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA smartly portrays the lives of four women in contemporary India.

The award-winning LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA smartly uses the story of four different women to examine larger societal views. Rehana (Plabita Borthakur) is a young college girl who aspires to be a pop singer, but has to hide that dream underneath her burkha. Leela (Aahana Kumra) is a young beautician who wants to escape her drab small-town life. Shirin (Konkona Sen Sharma) is an oppressed housewife who skillfully juggles looking after her kids and a secret life as a successful saleswoman. Meanwhile, Usha (Ratna Pathak) is a 55-year-old widow who has to keep her rekindled sexuality tucked away from the judging eyes of others.

The four women are in distinct stages of their lives but united in their yearning for freedom from society’s restrictive framework. Packed with humour and plenty of heart, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA honestly portrays the lives of these women in contemporary India.

Countries

India
Awards
Glasgow, Audience Award; Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur, Best Feature; London Asian Film Festival, Best Film; Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival ,Audience Award, Asian Frontiers; Mumbai, Best Film on Gender Equality; Tokyo, Spirit of Asia Award
Festivals
Miami Film Festival, London Asian Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival
Director
Alankrita Shrivastava
Producer
Prakash Jha
Screenwriter
Alankrita Shrivastava
Cinematographer
Akshay Singh
Editor
Charu Shree Roy
Production Design
Vikram Singh
Music
Zebunissa Bangash, Anvita Dutt
Cast
Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur
Sound
Rahul Badwelkar