Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, Lipstick Under My Burkha chronicles the secret lives of four very different women in Indian society, all search of a little freedom. Trapped in their worlds, these four women claim their desires through small acts of courage and secret acts of rebellion.
Lipstick Under My Burkha is part of an on-going wave of films that celebrate the emergence of the New Woman in contemporary India. Director Alankrita Shrivastava constructs an inclusive and empowering representation of female resistance, disruption and solidarity. This award-winning film faced a battle with censors for being too “lady-oriented” and exploration of female sexuality, leading to a delay in the release of the film (read more about it here). However, widespread critical acclaim meant the film went on to become an unexpected box office hit.