Vidya Balan is back to what she does best as Begum Jaan puts her in one of the strongest roles she has played. Directed by National Award winning filmmaker Srijit Mukherji, the film is all set to hit the screens on April 14th.
Vidya Balan is back to what she does best as Begum Jaan puts her in one of the strongest roles she has played. Directed by National Award winning filmmaker Srijit Mukherji, the film is all set to hit the screens on April 14th. less
“It’s not easy to sit through the movie, but you wouldn’t want to miss it either”
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Begum Jaan cannot be slut-shamed, called names or even be mocked at. She is a proud owner of a brothel and has a heart of a lioness – reacting how it should, and when it should. But always vehement.
The movie begins with goons attacking a couple on a bus, late at night. Shot near Connaught Place - heart of New Delhi, what unfolds within 10 minutes into the movie not only sticks with you throughout the end, but also sends chills down your spine. It unequivocally shows the seriousness that director Srijit Mukherji had in his mind for the plot.
This isn’t an ordinary movie of women empowerment, but it covers more than that. It covers the sentiments in its most raw form and displays the truth as it was, as it is. Sadly, little has changed since the ‘Tryst with Destiny’. The movie reminds how even though issues have shifted focus, the lynching for political gain continues. Focusing on the robust cast, Vidya Balan has inevitably shown her masculine, or should I say the never-seen femininity. She is a gorgeous blue-eyed businesswoman and an intimidating lady – one whom even the armed police personnel are wary of. She has sheltered the ostracised women and made them feel at home. Even the women (Gauhar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Ila Arun) have learnt that their dignity is foremost even if their work is socially condemned. The quality of actors cannot be denied, even the male cast (Naseeruddin Shah, Ranjit Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vivek Mushran and Chunkey Pandey) has made an impact through their unflinching guts.
The story might seem languid at times, but it is nothing short of a powerful depiction. You will want to meet Begum Jaan and her ‘army’ of courageous women. You will feel the hair rising on your arm towards the end. You will be disturbed after witnessing the bold move by a little girl in the movie.
It is not your usual happy-go-lucky cinema, Begum Jaan(s) is here to make you feel her pain.