Tradition and sexuality collide in this hilarious and touching film about four women facing the challenges of being female in modern India.
A burkha-clad college girl struggles with her cultural identity and parental pressure while dreaming of becoming a pop singer. A young beautician is forced to choose between arranged marriage and a passionate affair. A Muslim housewife and mother of three defies her husband by pursuing a career as an enterprising saleswoman. A middle-aged widow rediscovers her sexuality through a telephone romance.
The film was barred from certification in India on the grounds of being “lady-oriented”, with “contagious sex scenes”, “abusive words, audio pornography, and a bit [sic] sensitive touch about one particular section of society”. After five months of appeals, the decision was overturned and the film was released, going on to reach “super-hit” status at the Indian box office. It has been shown at over 65 festivals around the world, and won 18 international awards.