Lipstick Under My Burkha

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Lipstick Under My Burkha

Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava

  • India 2016; 117 min
  • Original version: Hindi
  • Genre: Drama
    • The Spirit of Asia Award - Tokyo IFF
    • Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality - Mumbai FF

Synopsis

In rural India, a burkha-clad college girl struggles with issues of cultural identity and her aspirations to become a pop singer. A young two-timing beautician seeks to escape the claustrophobia of her small town. An oppressed housewife and mother of three lives the alternate life of an enterprising saleswoman. A 55-year-old widow rediscovers her sexuality through a phone romance. Caught in a conservative society, these women set forth to break the mold, in search of a little freedom.

Director's Statement

I have never worn the burkha. I don’t live in a small town. No one has tried to curb my freedom. I come from a fairly liberal middle-class family and I live in a metropolitan city. Yet there is always something gnawing away within me. Some chains that seem to hold me back. I never feel totally free. Perhaps I am no different from that small town woman who is dreaming of freedom. Perhaps her secret acts of rebellion are mine too. And chains are chains, be they external or internal.

Production

  • PRAKASH JHA PRODUCTIONS

     

International Sales

  • M-APPEAL

    Torsten Schulze