Lipstick Under My Burkha

1 hrs 57 mins | Drama 21 July, 2017
As Usha Buaji
As Shireen's husband
As Leela's boyfriend
By Meghana Pawar - July 21, 2017

One line Review: Stories of four women who are caught up in their own webs trying to find a way out and breathe fresh air.

Positive Points: The realistic facet of the society is presented bluntly. A very brave attempt on part of the makers. Performances of all the leads add life to the stories and make the viewers resonate with them.

Negative Points: The narration builds up the story to the peak till the climax but ends on a middling note.

Plot: The lives of four women living in an old building in Bhopal have been depicted precisely. ... full Lipstick Under My Burkha Review


Bua ji (Ratna Pathak) who is a 55-year-old widow, runs a sweet and snack corner. Bua ji who is expected to go to Satsangs and temples is fond of reading erotic novels and has 'lipstick wale dreams'. ... full Plot

By Vishal Verma (4/5)

Finally, the much shouted and debated 'lady oriented' LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA is seeing the light this Friday. Produced by Prakesh Jha Productions and distributed by Ekta Kapoor's ALT Balaji, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA is a metaphoric statement about desires of women regarding, sex, fantasies, lust, love and freedom and is weaved enthrallingly in writer -director Alankrita Shrivastava's second feature (Turning 30!!! first). This bold, beautiful and vital piece of cinema raises a toast to life, freedom and gender equality.

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By Bollywood Hungama (2.5/5)

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA deals with four women of different age groups, all of them residing in the dilapidated Hawai Manzil in Bhopal. Usha Parmar aka Buajee (Ratna Pathak Shah) is the matriarch of this crumbling building and also a widow. Her favourite pastime is reading Hindi romantic novels, similar to Mills & Boon, that ignite a strong desire for a male companion. Shirin (Konkona Sen Sharma) works secretly as a saleswoman and she is very good at her job. Unfortunately, she has to keep this part of her life a secret from her husband Rahim (Sushant Singh), who works and lives in Saudi Arabia for most of the year.

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By Jaidev Hemmady (4/5)

Women-centric films have been quite the rage since the past few years, but filmmakers making such films have nevertheless stayed within the confines of the 'Laxman Rekha' created by 'sanskaar'. Which is exactly why Censor Board chief probably cringed at the thought of issuing a certificate to Prakash Jha's production venture Lipstick Under My Burkha- for the film thumbs its nose at patriarchy and misguided morality with such a wicked grin that lesser mortals are bound to feel threatened by it.

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