Not every protagonist wears a burkha in this Indian feminist comedy, but the film’s title serves as an extraordinarily apt metaphor nonetheless. LIPSTICK UNDER MY BHURKA’s four female leads all differ in age, profession and even religion, but are united in their secretive undermining of the norms of a still predominantly male-centered India. Which is why unhappy housewife Shirin moonlights as a door-to-door saleswoman, and why Leela maintains a sexual affair with her wedding photographer whilst undergoing an arranged marriage. Then there’s Usha, a senior who can’t get enough of the titillating world of erotic prose, and Rehana, a Muslim student enticed by the sensuality of fashion, fragrances, music, parties, and, of course, boys. LIPSTICK UNDER MY BHURKA is an uplifting comedy in which director Alankrita Shrivastava celebrates the rebellious acts, both big and small, of four women who are much more independent than one might initially perceive.