Vidya Balan’s latest movie ‘Begum Jaan’ has an exciting tale, but it has failed to grip the audience. Begum Jaan has banned in Pakistan due to India-Pakistan references. The movie stars Vidya as a brothel’s madam in Punjab during India’s partition in 1947.
Begum Jaan also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Ila Arun, Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Rajit Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vivek Mushran, Chunky Pandey, Poonam Singh Rajput, Ridheema Tiwari, Flora Saini, Priyanka Setia, Mishti Chakraborty, Sumit Nijhawan, Pitobash and Rajesh Sharma in pivotal roles.
The story of Begum Jaan
The chairman of border commission, Sir Cyril Radcliffe on the eve of independence divided India and Pakistan into equitable halves. Little did he know that Begum Jaan’s brothel lay dead center of the border with one-half falling in India and the other half in Pakistan.
The Radcliffe line divided the nation into India, East Pakistan and West Pakistan. Mukherjee’s debut film features a group of prostitutes living in a brothel situated in the middle of the Punjab-Pakistan border.
The film revolves around the patriarchy imposed upon these women by the law enforcing agencies. Moreover, the fate of the brothel is left at the hands of Begum Jaan, the outspoken and hookah smoking sex worker.
Vidya Balan has once again proved that she can transform herself into whatever character she is given.
Balan’s last few films weren’t as much of a success at the Box Office. Despite that, the actress didn’t shy away from experimenting. In her latest film, Vidya plays the character of a frivolous madam with remarkable justice.
The film has scenes that are bold and gut-wrenching at the same time! The mouthing expletives are the zenith of the Bollywood saga.
The award winning director has already set his mark in the Bengali film industry. And now his remake of the Bengali film Rajkahini is setting waves in Bollywood.
Nonetheless, the diluted theme of the film begins with the notion that freedom is only for men.
“Aazaadi keval mardon ke liye hoti hai.”
Although lacking cohesiveness, the film makes an important and noteworthy statement. The era of partition groped every ethnicity and religion.
The Number Game:
The film made an opening collection of INR 3.94 crore, but the collections dipped on Saturday to INR 3.50 crore.
Take a look at the trailer of Begum Jaan:
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