The Mumbai based Assamese actress Parineeta Borthakur, known for shows like ‘Swaragini – Jodein Rishton Ke Sur’ and ‘Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani’, feels extremely proud of her sister Plabita Borthakur, who has lived her dream by starring in the movie ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, which initially struggled for certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) earlier this year over its sexual scenes and abusive words. The film, also featuring Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma and Ahana Kumra, was later cleared for release in theatres by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).
The Alankrita Shrivastava directorial, which tells the story of four small town women in search of a little freedom, released on July 21. “It’s great that the film got so much attention. I am glad I got the chance to work with such ace actors like Ratna Pathak and Konkona ma’am. It is high time we realise that women are not how they are portrayed in most films,” Plabita said.
She added, “The realness of the characters and the situations in the film is what is making some people uncomfortable. But it’s time we stop being happy in denial, and accept reality in cinema.” The actress feels Indian audience is ready for ‘such realistic content’. “I think it is a mirror to the society. It shows life as it is. The characters aren’t either white or black, you see grey, like we all are,” she added.
Her sister Parineeta is very happy with the success of the film. “I saw the movie during MAMI festival and everyone gave a standing ovation there. I am proud of my sister. I feel she’s done really well as a newcomer,” Parineeta said.
“I always loved off-beat films and though I wasn’t lucky enough to get such roles, I am happy my sister is fulfilling my dreams,” added Parineeta, who will star in the Assamese movie ‘The Underworld’.