Lipstick Under My Murkha Review: This Revolutionary & Empowering Flick Is A Must Watch
Cast: Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkana Sen, Aahaana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Vikrant Massey, Sushanth Singh, Shashank Arora, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Jagat Singh Solanki
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
We're still wondering why the censor board decided to ban such a powerful and empowering movie, which is especially so relevant in the current times? But well, sometimes a threat like this can as well be the best thing to happen to a film!
The most controversial flick of the year, Lipstick Under My Burkha, is finally here, and it basically just shows us the finger. It's the kind that we need more of. It showcases a very deep, powerful, personal and political look into the lives of women.
It's about four women, who are basically just going about their lives in Bhopal. At one level, they are just simple happenings, but on the other, each situation has its own peculiarity.
Ratna Pathak plays 'Buaaji,' who is the owner of a crumbling mansion that greedy corporators and rent-seekers are eyeing. But she's a fiery middle-aged widow who wields authority over other residents, which includes three women and their respective families.
Shireen a.k.a Konkana is the mother of three, who believes wives are meant to play only two roles - give birth and provide warmth in bed.
Leela, played by Aahana Kumra, is the beauty-parlour waali where women of the colony go to get their beauty treatments done. She is a sexual creature and simply doesn't care about who says what.
And Rihana a.k.a Plabita Borthakur is a young girl who is struggling to make a singing career, but her orthodox parents just won't let her.
Each has their own struggles, they want to change the role of women or rather what the society considers the role of women to be, and they have their own set of revelations in the process. And in the process, a deep red lipstick becomes their colour of rebellion, which hints about the turmoil in their head and heart, the pain they suffer, the constantly humiliations they go through and the several times they hold back their tears.
In their respective roles, Ratna Pathak is brilliant, Konkana as the wife who wants more freedom is terrific and both Ahaana and Plabita do complete justice to their roles.
The film will basically just fill your heart and really leave you wanting for so much more of films like these. This one, folks, is a must watch!