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- Alankrita Shrivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is possibly the most talked about film of 2017
- The film celebrates womanhood and all that comes with being a woman
- The film shines in portraying the precious female friendships we form in our day-to-day lives
July 23, 2017: Alankrita Shrivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is definitely one of the most controversial movies in the history of Indian cinema. The fearlessly feminist film not only gives a voice to the lipstick dreams of the protagonists but also successfully portrays the universal emotions, frustrations, and desires that drive the women of the film. But not just that, this critically acclaimed film also sheds some light on a topic very few Hindi movies have focused on before — the girl code, or the unconditional bond of female friendship. Hollywood has given us shows like Sex and the City or movies like Bridesmaids, but the concept still is relatively unfamiliar when it comes to Bollywood even though there have been a few mention-worthy female friendships in movies now and then.
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Men have this growing misconception that the mere reason for the existence of women is nothing but their omnipotent presence. Women dress for them, live for them, shape their lives around them. Here’s where they are wrong- women do all of that in equal measure for other women, too, perhaps even more so because women tend to be appreciated by other women more. Let’s be honest here, who buys a 50 dollar lipstick for a guy who won’t even be able to identify which shade of red it is! From random friends we make at the bar restrooms to the closest female friends – what matters is that nothing else can empower a woman more than the support of another, and it is sometimes our only hope. This certainly is a concept that Alankrita Shrivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ understands and portrays very well.
Possibly the most talked about film of 2017, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ revolves around the lives of four very different women who live in the same neighborhood in Bhopal. In no time, the viewers find themselves intertwined with Usha (Ratna Pathak Shah), Shireen (Konkona Sen Sharma), Leela (Aahana Kumra), and Rehaana (Plabita Borthakur) who live their regular lives with some extraordinary secrets. This concept is so familiar to the crores of women in India because that sums up their daily lives. While the four women deal with the men of their lives- the dads and the boyfriends and the husbands – all mostly awful yet somewhat similar, the women, just like all of us, without asking or realising, end up finding supporters and listeners in other women.
This is not just an on screen story. When the film was being targeted by haters and narrow-minded men, Ekta Kapoor did not hesitate to step in as the distributor of the film, and she promoted and supported Alankrita and her film every chance she could.
Alankrita has managed to capture to perfection how women take a stand for each other and pull each other up. The ladies help each other out through out the film, whether it’s a little girl literally holding a scared Ratna Pathak Shah’s hand while she takes her up an escalator, or a mother daring to become a nude model to raise her daughter. Women show up for other women in the film and that is beautiful to watch. We see Rehaana doing everything she can to impress her college’s most popular girl because she wants to be in her band while the boyfriend is almost an aside in this track. Shireen can be seen sharing inappropriate jokes with the housewives who are her customers. In another scene, when a mortified Usha runs out of a swimsuit store and runs into Shireen, she tries to cover it up by offering to forgive her rent, but then Shireen buys that swimsuit for her. Here’s where the beauty of the film lies. In any other movie, these scenes would easily be sidelined, nothing related to the main plot. But Alankrita lets these small yet significant moments take the center stage, just like they are in our daily insignificant lives. And just like this, ‘Lipstick Under my Burkha’ becomes as real as a movie can be.
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Also, the film never underestimates the complexity of female relationships. In the film, as in life, some of the worst things that happen to women are constructed by other women. The women in the film carry out several questionable actions, whether out of spite or desperation or plain old sheer lack of a moral compass. People often have the idea that feminists praise women no matter what they do and happily ignore the wrongdoings. Needless to say, that is just an illusion. The film does not glorify the wrongs. In the world we live in, the women around us lift each other up and tear each other down constantly, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is fully aware of that and that is another reason the film is so successful in saying exactly what it wants to say.
Let’s hope more directors dare to portray the reality like Alankrita Shrivastava’s bold lipstick.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter @dubumerang
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)
Never-before-seen concerts by renowned performers such as the Berklee Indian Ensemble and Women of the World, a collection of inventive artists from throughout the world, are among the highlights of The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) Bengaluru's 'Art is Life: SoundFrames', a three-day digital festival in collaboration with Berklee College of Music.
MAP, is one of India's leading private museums dedicated to making art and culture accessible to a wide range of people. Sound of the City, a sonic public engagement in which composers and producers create music influenced by the sounds of cities across India (Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Delhi), is another collaboration between the two institutions. Songwriting, music therapy, and vocals are just a few of the immersive programmes offered as part of the cooperation event between MAP and Berklee.
The festival will take place from December 3-5, 2021, and will also provide a variety of music-related educational and immersive programmes. | Photo by Simon Noh on Unsplash
The festival will take place from December 3-5, 2021, and will also provide a variety of music-related educational and immersive programmes, some of which are co-sponsored by the Indian Music Experience (IME) museum. Art is Life: SoundFrames celebrates music and its power to bring people together as part of MAP's aim to bring art to the heart of the community and develop bridges between varied art forms and audiences. Over 25 events inspired by music will be presented over the course of three days, including concerts, performances, panel discussions, film screenings, educational workshops, and exhibitions.
More than 65 artists from India and around the world will perform at the festival, including SubraMania's Ambi and Bindu Subramaniam, Grammy-winner Ricky Kej, musical talents from IndianRaga, young Hindustani maestro Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, and the Durbari Qawwals of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah." Register for the online festival at www.artislife.events. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: art and culture, private museums, MAP, Life: SoundFrames, Music, India)