Lipstick Under My Burkha

Lipstick Under My Burkha

DIRECTOR(S): Alankrita Shrivastava   COUNTRY: India   YEAR: 2016   LANGUAGES: Hindi   SUBTITLES: English, German   RUNNING TIME: 116 min  


Saturday, 30.09., 1:30 p.m., kinoeins
Sunday, 01.10., 8:00 p.m., Festsaal, Q&A with Alankrita Shrivastava

SECTION: Internationales Forum

Bhopal, India: Four women try to deal with social restrictions and their desire for more freedom. Alankrita Shrivastava's entertaining comic drama is an ode to women's independence, regardless of age or origin. The censors initially refused to certify the film on account of “sexual content, abusive words and audio pornography”. The head censor said it was too “lady-oriented”.
Set in the crowded lanes of small-town India, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom.
A burkha-clad college girl struggles with issues of cultural identity and her aspirations to be 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. And a 55 year-old widow rediscovers her sexuality through a phone romance.

Alankrita Shrivastava is a feature film director and screenwriter from Mumbai, with a special interest in telling women's stories. She likes to explore the complex interior world of women through her films. Alankrita has written and directed two feature films. She has also worked on several Indian feature films and she has directed short films, documentaries and music videos.


SCRIPT: Alankrita Shrivastava, Gazal Dhaliwal   PRODUCER: Prakash Jha   CAMERA: Akshay Singh   EDITOR: Charu Shree Roy   MUSIC: Zebunniasa Bangash   CAST: Ratna Pathak-Shah, Konkona Sensharma, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Vikrant Massey, Shashank Arora


PRODUCTION: Prakash Jha Productions   WORLD SALES: Torsten Schulze, M-appeal World Sales Ug   GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: