Assam girl under the burkha!

By Sanmita Acharjee 

“I have become more of a feminist after this”, says Plabita Borthakur

After bagging the role of Anushka Sharma’s sister in the film PK, Plabita Borthakur, singer and actress Parineeta Borthakur’s sister is now going to be seen in the much talked about film in B-town “Lipstick Under my Burkha”.

Plabita describes her experience with ‘Lipstick Under my Burkha’ in one word- ‘Amazing’!

Plabita said that a lot of research had gone on her part, to bring alive the character of “Rehana”, a musician, who is expected to behave a certain way or comply by the societal rules. What makes her character stand-out is the fact that it differs a lot from what she actually is.

From the workshops to watching Alankrita Shrivastava’s previous work, it helped Plabita a lot to achieve what was required to prepare herself for the role.

“The script is so beautifully written, I was fascinated by it and happy to come on board for this project”, said Plabita, who chose to be there in the sets every day, despite not having shooting schedules.

Plabita says, a major boost came with Ekta Kapoor’s decision to get on board for the promotions of the film.

Regarding the lipstick movement, Plabita said it was one such thing that mobilized the people to support the film.”

On speaking about the take backs on the film, she declares that now she has become more of a feminist, after doing this role.

Although, she never faced any kind of oppression as a girl-child, because of her upbringing and always felt liberated as a woman, only while doing the film she realized that she wasn’t that liberated as she thought, and there were a lot of things she confirmed to because of certain social conditioning.

“Lipstick Under my Burkha” is quite off-beat, and that is prominent from the very fact that it was hitting a lot of roadblocks from the CBFC.

Interestingly, the film had hit more than 18 million likes even before the controversies surrounded the film, and Plabita states  that the sole reason for this has to be the content of the film, which was something not often seen in Indian Bollywood films.

Plabita also mentioned the plight of storytellers who do not come to light because of the lack of producers willing to shell out money for their scripts. These films come with risks, and producers usually do not want to invest on such projects.

“Lipstick under My Burkha” features Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah and Aahana Kumra and it has been lauded with various international awards.

The trailer and the lipstick movement have taken the internet by storm and been appreciated by people and critics equally.

The film directed by Alankrita Shrivastava is all set to release this Friday, the 21st of July.