The first trailer for Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkhastarring Konkona Sensharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur debuted online last Friday and went instantly viral, crossing a million views and creating enormous buzz and curiosity among audiences across the country. Now, the film is all set for its European Premiere at the prestigious Stockholm International Film Festival in November.
The film features in the Spotlight section, which has a special contemporary theme every year, this year’s theme being ‘Identity’. The other films in this prestigious section include big and acclaimed international titles such as Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, Mahmoud Sabbagh’s Barakah Meets Barakah, and Garth Davis’s Oscar contender Lion starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman.
Producer Prakash Jha, says, “The Stockholm Festival is very prestigious and the fact that Lipstick Under My Burkha will be playing in the Spotlight section with the theme of identity, just reinforces how global, contemporary and relevant the film is.”
Director Alankrita Shrivastava adds, “Across the world, issues of identity, especially for women, are becoming increasingly urgent. It means that the complexity of female desire that the film explores has a universal resonance in today’s times. ”
Ratna Pathak Shah feels the film’s themes and emotions are instantly relatable and that is its strength. She says, “Women’s identities are complex, and that’s the central theme of our film. Clearly, going by the buzz the trailer has created, that theme seems to resonate deeply with the women of this countryand the world!”
Lipstick Under My Burkha premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival and Mumbai Film Festival on October 26 and at the Stockholm International Film Festival on November 10.