• The movie is for those who love the silence of mere melancholy and who have a penchant for all things poetic accompanied by slow rhythmic scenes.

    Directed by acclaimed director Shoojit Sircar, who has treated us with good cinema in the past like Piku and Vivky Donor, October is a fresh perspective on young love. Varun Dhawan is endearing in his performance as an arrogant, clumsy yet likeable Dan will instantly strike a chord. There are no mysteries, no secrets, no backstory and yet what you see on screen will leave you wondering about love and allied emotions.

    The debutant Banita, though has minimum dialogues, speaks through her eyes in most parrts of the movie and trust me she does her job with such finesse that you can’t help but fall in love with her character just like the lead actor.

    October is not for the restless one nor is it for someone who seeks drama, action and thrill. The movie boasts of ace cinematography and the soothing yet melancholic music composed by Shantanu Moitra just takes the movie to new levels.

    Watch October if you want to witness poetry in actions sans words.

    July 07, 18
  • It is strange to see how a movie that is made to depict the chauvinistic mindset of our society faces the same set of issues to get its releasing rights. Director Alankrita Shrivastava however, alongside her powerful team of super women, overcame all struggles with the help of the FCAT, to finally demonstrate its poster’s message to the CBFC.

    What happens when a 55-year-old begins a phone romance with a young swimming coach, a housewife turns into a shrewd saleswoman, a teenager’s frustration leads her into the forbidden path and a girl continues her raunchy physical relationship with her boyfriend amidst pressure to get married?

    The performance by all four protagonists is a sight to behold. Their male counterparts do an equally fantastic job; Sushant Singh as Shireen’s chauvinistic husband, Vikrant Massey as the typical small townie and Shashank Arora (remember Titli?), as the college bad boy everyone wants to date. With close up shots defining the complex emotions of the characters and pan shots filming the claustrophobic picture of Bhopal city, the cinematography is decent. Though it talks about loaded concepts like women’s freedom and emancipation, the film has its own share of comic scenes which refrain from making the movie too gloomy or dark. However, some scenes, especially the climax and the one where Shireen finds herself helpless on bed, will leave you in tears.

    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.

    July 07, 18