Lipstick Under My Burkha music review: Enough variety and spunk in its short soundtrack

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After being stuck at the mercy of Censor Board because of ‘contanious sex scenes’ and ‘lady-oriented’, Lipstick Under My Burkha is finally ready for release thanks to the intervention of FCAT. The controversial movie is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and is presented by Prakash Jha and Ekta Kapoor. The movie stars Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in lead roles along with Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey and Shashank Arora. Lipstick under my Burkha has won several awards in the film festivals, like for example Spirit of Asia Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Though it is not a typical Bollywood movie, there is a soundtrack that is quite in sync with the theme of the movie, that is composed by Zebunnisa Bangash with lyrics by Anita Dutt. Here’s our review…

Jigi Jigi

The drum beats that begin the song before the chorus Jigi Jigi is certainly hook-y. It’s a folk song with an Afghani flavour that is sung with gusto by Malini Awasthi who is a pro in rendering such songs. The lyrics are also interesting to listen as it talks about woman’s pursuit in seeking pleasure, and goes well with the theme of the movie. No chartbuster stuff, but it will certainly add a chutzpah to the proceedings on screen.

Ishquiya

After exploring folk tunes with Jigi Jigi, the album now goes retro with Ishquiya, in what can be said the best song of the album. Totally owned by a melodious Neeti Mohan, is something you would want to move and shake your hips a bit. I would want to see how the movie utilises this interesting number, that definitely is better than some of the remixes that we have these days.

Le Li Jaan

This album seems to be going back in era when it comes to the placement of its song. After tasting success with the ’70s with its disco elements in Ishquiya, now the album goes a couple of eras back with Le Li Jaan. A song that we totally imagine to be picturised on Madhubala or Nargis, Le Li Jaan has that Middle Eastern sprinkling that helps in making it an enjoyable listen, aided by the wonderful singing Zebunnisa Bangash, who also composed the song.

Our verdict

In all, Lipstick Under My Burkha has only three songs in the album, all distinct in its flavour. A couple of them also sound situational, the movie is not your usual Bollywood fare with its staple song-and-dance routine. The album may not win any popularity contests with the kind of fare it possesses, but if you want to hear something different, you can give it a go. Also noticed, unlike the soundtracks of other female-driven movies, all the songs are written, composed and sung by women. So chalk one up for women empowerment!

Our picks

Ishquiya

Rating: 2.5 out of 52.5 Star Rating

Reviewed by Sreeju Sudhakaran

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