Aahana Kumra, the beautician of ‘Lipstick under my Burkha’ brigade
“The excitement fizzled out when the Censor Board banned the film. Finally, after clearance from tribunal, with minor cuts, it is releasing and the response we have got is phenomenal,” she tells HT City over phone.lucknow Updated: Jul 17, 2017 15:22 IST
Lucknow girl Aahana Kumra, who shot to fame after playing Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter in TV series Yudh, is elated over the buzz her next film has created even before its release.
“We shot ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ in 2014. For around one and a half year, we did not hear anything from the director (Alankrita Srivastava), but just when I had lost the hope I got a call from her about Tokyo screening where I saw the film for the first time,” says Aahana, who is upbeat about the content of the film that hits screens this week.
“The excitement fizzled out when the Censor Board banned the film. Finally, after clearance from tribunal, with minor cuts, it is releasing and the response we have got is phenomenal,” she tells HT City over phone.
The film has been showcased in festival across the globe and received huge acclaim and bagged awards.
Aahana says she plays a beautician who wants to break-out of small-town restrictions and enjoy life.
“My character is in a healthy sexual relationship with her boyfriend (Vikrant Massey) when her parents want her to marry another man (Vaibhav Tatwawaadi). I have some intimate scenes with both which they have shot with lot of sensitively and aesthetically.”
Initially, Aahana had her some apprehensions. “In the script it (bold shots) looked brilliant and made lot of sense but then it’s not easy to film them. Lot of things came in mind — how will it look on screen, will society accept, what will parents think and who will be opposite me...etc. Shooting it was even tougher as I have not done something like this before. But, Alankrita handled it very well and my co-actors were very supportive,” he says.
The actor was very curious about her parents’ feedback. “The day it was screened in Tokyo it was screened in MAMI fest in Mumbai too. I saw the film in Japan while my mom saw it in Mumbai and wonder what she called up to say that she is proud of me. She could relate with Ratna Pathak’s role. I saw the film with my father just recently,” he says.
Talking about the film’s subject she says, “The subject of woman sexuality they have picked up is very relevant. From a 20-year-old to mid-50s we are four women of different age groups who want to break free from their daily chores. Sexual desire is something everyone has. The only difference is that not everyone talks about it. Then women turn rebel of their routine and is seeking freedom explore a different side of life.”
“The film has been produced by Prakashji (Jha). He makes very socially relevant film and this one too is all about exploring oneself. This one is also very relevant!”
After Yudh she did serial Agent Raghav, hosted Pro-Kabaddi and did two web series — Inside Edge where she played an alcoholic and Official Chukiagiri where she played a “corporate bitch”.
The La Martinere Girls College alumna has last been to her hometown in 2016. “We all are now settled in Mumbai. Last, I came here for a wedding. I wished we came to Lucknow for promotion but that’s not out hand. I will like to visit the city soon to refurbish my wardrobe,” she says.