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NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab 2012: Alankrita Shrivastava’s “Lipstick under My Burkha”

By Nandita Dutta • Published on September 1, 2012

Alankrita Shrivastava

DearCinema profiles the screenwriters who are participating in the NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab from September 1-3 at the ongoing Venice Film Festival.

Screenwriters’ Lab, a 2-part workshop conducted by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is designed to prepare screenwriters with original Indian stories for working with the international filmmaking community. The participants will be mentored by Marten Rabarts, Olivia Stewart, Urmi Juvekar and Bianca Taal.

Alankrita Shrivastava answers five questions about her project “Lipstick under My Burkha”:

Tell us more about your project.

My script is called “Lipstick under My Burkha.”   I have done the story and screenplay of the film. It is about the secret lives of four Muslim women in a small town in India.  I love the characters in the film. I can’t wait to make it!!!

At what stage of development is it?

The first draft of the script is ready. But I haven’t started mounting the project yet.

Is a director attached with the project or do you plan to direct it yourself?

I do plan to direct the film myself.

What are your expectations from Screenwriters’ Lab?

I’m really excited about the screenwriter’s lab. Primarily because I think it’s going to expose me to the process of how international
independent films are set-up. I’m looking forward to working on my script with inputs from the mentors in the programme. I think it’s
wonderful to keep polishing one’s skills. I hope to have a fantastic new draft of my script by the end of the year.

Tell us about your background.

I have written and directed a feature film, Turning 30!!! featuring Gul Panag and produced by Prakash Jha that released in 2011. I market films and am also an executive producer. Currently I’m doing the marketing of a feature film –  Chakravyuh - and I’ve just finished directing a music video for the same film. I have also written and directed  -Sunehere Dastan … Bihar ki Bhoomi Se (2012),  a documentary on the culture and history of Bihar. I assisted Prakash Jha on films like Rajneeti, Apaharan and Gangaajal.
I am really interested in telling women’s stories.

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