Four women, trapped in their different worlds, live out their desires through secret acts of rebellion. Caught in a conservative society, these women set forth to break the mold and go in search of a little freedom. Set in rural India, 'Lipstick Under My Burka' chronicles the lives of four women of different ages, professions and religions. For the director, the film is a personal journey. Coming from a middle-class family and having lived her whole life in megacities, Shrivastava has always felt inwardly restricted, prompting her to wonder how underprivileged women face their obstacles. To Shrivastava, lipstick is symbolic of all the small dreams and desires. The Indian small town’s transition into modernity reflects the changing needs and aspirations of the women in the film. From a Western perspective, these wishes may seem small, but it is these small things that make the big differences in Shrivastava’s finely observed and empowering film.