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Streaming Guide: Alankrita Shrivastava films

This edition of Streaming Guide features filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava who has films like Lipstick Under My Burkha and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare and web series Made In Heaven to her credit.

Written by Arushi Jain | New Delhi |
Updated: March 7, 2021 8:45:37 am
Alankrita Shrivastava web seriesAlankrita Shrivastava directed Bombay Begums will release on Netflix.

In our series Streaming Guide, we list the works of a filmmaker or actor which are available on streaming platforms like ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, Eros Now and YouTube.

This edition features filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava who has films like Lipstick Under My Burkha and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare and web series Made In Heaven to her credit. Her next web series, Bombay Begums will soon start streaming on Netflix.

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

Lipstick Under My Burkha A still from Lipstick Under My Burkha.

Though Alankrita Shrivastava made her directorial debut with the 2011 film Turning 30, it was only in 2017 that the filmmaker gained recognition with the release of Lipstick Under My Burkha. Film critics loved how Shrivastava portrayed female fantasies and desires unabashedly. Unlike most social dramas, the movie never tried to find a solution to a problem and never became preachy. It revolved around four women in Bhopal, played by actors Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sensharma, Ahaana Kumra and Plabita.

Made in Heaven

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

made in heaven photos A poster of Made In Heaven.

Alankrita Shrivastava collaborated with filmmakers Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, and Nitya Mehra for her first web series, Made In Heaven. A satirical take on Indian weddings, the series stars Shobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghuvansh among others. You will be hooked throughout the nine episodes as each episode gives you a peek into India’s obsession with lavish weddings.

Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

Streaming on: Netflix

Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare A poster of Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare.

Centred around two cousins, Dolly (Konkona Sensharma) and Kitty (Bhumi Pednekar) who are out to find love and freedom, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava. It received a mixed response from the audience and film critics. The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it 3.5 stars and in her review, she wrote, “Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is the kind of film which opens up spaces and dialogue around difficult topics, and raises the feminist bar while doing so.”

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Bombay Begums

To stream on: Netflix

pooja bhatt bombay begums Pooja Bhatt is returning to full-fledged acting with the Netflix show Bombay Begums. (Photo: Netflix)

The filmmaker’s next, Bombay Begums, will start streaming on Netflix on March 8. It is about five women across generations who struggle with their desires and ambitions. Together they break the glass ceilings and form an unexpected bond. The web series stars Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur, Aadhya Anand, Rahul Bose, Danish Husain, Vivek Gomber and Imaad Shah.

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