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LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA - Another version of PARCHED that successfully entertains the viewers through its mature content, cleverly served in the name of women empowerment. (Beyond The Review by Bobby Sing)
23 Jul, 2017 | Movie Reviews / 2017 Releases

The detailed review of LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA by Bobby Sing can be read at the following link @UCNews app/portal.

http://tz.ucweb.com/7_1AVwz

(Can be accessed at mobile app, mobile browser as well as on other internet browsers too)
 
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Shared below are views - Beyond the initial review with more interesting insights.
 
As stated in the review at the link above, there is no woman actually conveying anything related to woman liberation or empowerment in the film, though the makers loudly promoted and presented it as some kind of strong representative of the same. The character of Konkona Sen Sharma remains the most closet to the concept, but even she gathers the courage to counter her female rival only and not her exploiting and cruel husband, who is the one responsible for 3 kids, a few abortions and repeated marital-rape.
 
In addition, watching the four distinctive characters in the film, one also wonders that why the subject of woman liberation or empowerment is mostly represented/related or defined with the woman’s sexual life only? 
 
Does women empowerment only means sexual freedom in life and nothing else? 
 
NO, as my personal opinion, this is a much more important, multi-dimensional term that unfortunately gets mostly presented in Hindi films as a synonym of a woman’s sexual preferences promoting a wrong mindset.
 
So for me LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA is a muddled but still engaging account of the life and desires of four women characters, showcased with an intentional pinch of comedy to entertain and impress the viewers.
 
That said, two particular sequences in the film certainly deserve some extra brownie points involving two elderly women.
 
One, where we get to know that Aahana’s ageing mother has been helplessly posing nude as a model for art school’s students since several years. (Though this doesn’t seem to be possible happening in the city like Bhopal, still the thought behind the insertion was appreciable.)
 
And two, wherein Ratna playing the key character of Bua ji, struggles to remember her real name, when asked by the young swimming coach filling the official form.

As a matter of fact this one particular scene actually conveys a lot more than the entire film, since the elderly ladies in our Indian society, mostly called by a special name tag, do tend to completely forget their actual name after years…….and then one fine day, say their final good-bye too remaining just Bua Ji, Taayi Ji, Jhaayi Ji, Chachi Ji or else.
 
A simple yet important fact of our Indian society, wherein we unintentionally and so lovingly transform or literally kill the original personality of a woman…….. without even hurting her.
 
Give it a thought!
 
Ratings : 3 / 5

Tags : LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, LUMB Review by Bobby Sing, Women oriented films in Hindi Cinema, Controversial Hindi films caught in censor.
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