Lipstick Under My Burkha - External Reviews

wogma rating: Catch on DVD for sure (?)
quick review:

Ace rate dialogue and performances. The topic isn't broached often enough in films. But once it is, we know where it's headed, making this film predictable too.



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27 reviewers have given Lipstick Under My Burkha an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

22 yays
1 nays
4 so-so

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Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...It moves with seductive stealth through the lives of the four women but does not eventually evoke the memorable images from the great feminist and post-feminist films of Indian cinema including Parched. Nonetheless this is a vital and in many ways, great film more remarkable for what it doesn’t say about women who long for sexual salvation than what it does say, so explicitly. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA deserves praise for its brave premise, characters and storytelling. At the box office however, the film will face an uphill task as the risqué and unconventional content will appeal only to niche audiences and that too just in the metropolitan cities. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...A must watch for some terrific performances by the lead cast, Lipstick Under My Burkha will hopefully bring to light some issues that need attention and start a discussion or a conversation between women who are struggling for the most basic right in life – one to be happy. ... full review

Thumbs up by GLADIS MONTEIRO, BookmyShow ...Because it is not just a film but a voice for woman"ity". Lipstick Under My Burkha deserves all eyes and ears as it's a brilliant piece of cinema – thanks to ace level performances, a beautiful script, witty one liners, and of course a powerful social message shouting out for gender equality. ... full review

Thumbs up by SUPARNA SHARMA, Deccan Chronicle ...All the actors are excellent. But my favourite was Aahana Kumra. I have met many Leilas. They are all mental and fabulous. They make life difficult and worth ... full review

So-So by Dev Raj Gulati, Desi Martini ...The intimate scenes leave nothing to imagination.They have more to do with the foreign audience and the box office receipts .The movie does draw the urban nichie audience.The performances are uniformly real.The issue of women emancipation is merited.What lacks is that the treatment is too one sided. Is it possible to offer solution without making it a gender issue?... full review

Thumbs up by Zinia Bandyopadhyay, Desi Martini ...You should definitely go and watch this film. And in case you fail to find what's so great and beautiful about it, please ask someone who finds it brilliant and allow yourself to get enlightened. ... full review

Thumbs up by Usha Shrivas, Desi Martini ...फिल्म का निर्देशन अलंकृता श्रीवास्तव ने किया है और फ़िल्म के हर सीन और कहानी पर बेहतर तरीके से काम किया गया है। ऑडियंस की पसंद बदलने के लिए ये उनकी अच्छी कोशिश है। महिलाओं की आज़ादी पर बनी ये फिल्म बाहरी आज़ादी के साथ आंतरिक आज़ादी और इच्छाओं को पूरा करने की मांग करती है। ... full review

So-So by Harshada Rege, DNA ...Watch it for the brilliant performances. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Director Alankrita Shrivastava has crafted a bold and beautiful film. It showcases a serious problem with society with the right amount of élan. It takes a heavy subject and presents it with alacrity. This film affirms your faith in girl power. Its a definite must watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Anna MM Vertticad, FirstPost ...So of course Lipstick Under My Burkha could potentially upset many, many people. It has the ability to grab a person by the collar, shake them up and make them feel unsettled even if they refuse to introspect. I am willing to bet that Pahlaj Nihalani’s Censor Board will not be the last conservatives unnerved by this feisty, disturbing yet celebratory film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Lipstick under My Burkha gets that ball rolling again, albeit, with a lot more humour and gri... full review

Thumbs up by Vishal Verma, ...Go if you demand something different and cinematic this weekend. You won't regret it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...This is a film you must not miss as it is not everyday that Bollywood films talk of women and their desires. ... full review

Thumbs up by Suhani Singh, india today ...Lipstick Under My Burkha is truly an ensemble film in which every performer leaves her or his mark. But to Sensharma and Pathak belong the film's finest moments, some that make you giggle and others that make you feel their pain. "Pata hai hamari galti kya hai? [You know what's the mistake we make]" asks Leela to Shirin whose silence and moist eyes speak volumes of her relationship with her husband. "Hum sapne bahut dekhti hai. [We dream a lot]" Shrivastava's film is a plea for women to not give up on their dreams and their voices silenced in the patriarchal society. That she does it without being preachy and in an engaging mode makes her film even better.... full review

Thumbs up by Anish Mohanty, Kia Gia ...Fun, emotional, inspiring, dousing, entertaining and thought – provoking are some of the adjectives one would use to describe 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'. Despite projecting ourselves as a developing nation that aims to be a superpower in the future, the fact remains that we are largely a socially, culturally and religiously conservative country that needs to evolve vastly before it can hope to achieve any of these things. The importance of gender equality is widely discussed all over the globe. This discussion needs to pick up pace in countries like India where women ago through different kinds of suppression on a daily basis. The fact that this film was initially denied a certificate by the Censor Board for being 'lady-oriented' says it all. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ahana Bhattacharya, koimoi ...This is a brave film which many in this male chauvinistic society might find difficult to digest. Although I failed to understand what is so “lady-oriented” about the film I would definitely thank CBFC for making me more curious about it.... full review

So-So by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Shrivastava (who’s also the screenwriter) opts for an inflexibility of characterization that stifles the stories. In both cases the oppressors—nightmare conservative parents in Rehana’s case, a despicable husband for Shireen —are so unvaryingly unpleasant and narrow-minded that there’s a feeling of watching a game whose outcome is pre-decided.... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...This already tells you Lipstick Under My Burkha, timed to perfection, mirroring the world we live in, is narrating a story about a subaltern, small-town Indian society at the edge of a revolution. Look carefully at young Rihana. She will lead a movement, if not for herself, then for her kids, for sure. Look carefully at this film. It will move you as well. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Take my word for it: Lipstick Under My Burkha is an eye-opener for sure...... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...For a film that received much press for its "oral pornography", Gazal Dhaliwal's dialogues touch a necessary nerve. Agreed, the film has a scene where a middle-aged woman masturbates while having phone sex and there's a passing reference to someone's lips kissing her "jannat". But aborting this sequence from the film wouldn't circumcise the spectrum of emotions that so many Indian women even dread to acknowledge, leave alone experience. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, ...On the flip side, the male characters are almost all dominating and unsympathetic, thereby perpetuating the popular feminist stereotype of men. The film’s ending too comes off as contrived and clunky, one of the only bits that doesn’t ring true. But these are minor hiccups in a bold, honest film that hits the right notes. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for Lipstick Under My Burkha. It’s accessible and entertaining; that rare film about empowerment that delivers plenty laughs. Make sure not to miss it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Manisha Lakhe, Now ...You'll love Ratna Pathak Shah as Buaji and Konkona Sen Sharma as Shireen. But it's the two younger girls Plabita Borthakur and Aahana Kumra who hold their own. Watch it and renew your lipstick if you are a girl, and buy your girl one, if you are a lad. But don't miss this film. It's reality served with dollops of humor. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sreehari Nair, Rediff ...Lipstick Under My Burkha touches, fleetingly, upon this aspect of female bonding that is removed from the compulsions of protesting... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Problems and predicaments that are easy to relate to, performances that are forceful and a film that remains breezy in its audacity ... full review

Thumbs up by Nihit Bhave, Times of India ...While cinematographer Akshay Singh uses tight close-ups in cramped spaces to make you claustrophobic, Gazal Dhaliwal’s lines range from hilarious innuendos in seedy novels to out-of-character outbursts of frustrated women. ... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...Although the four protagonists are not related to each other in the film, the dexterous manner in which their lives are interwoven is laudable and speaks volumes for the cleverly crafted screenplay.Overall, the hype surrounding this film is bound to get you to watch it and disappoint it won’t. ... full review