Review on Begum Jaan
MOVIE: Begum Jaan
Starring: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah and Gauhar Khan
Directed by: Srijit Mukherji
Producer: Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt
Music Director: Anu Malik
Released on : 17 Mar 17
The Radcliffe Line separated a nation into three parts: East Pakistan, West Pakistan and India. Director Srijit Mukherji’s Rajkahini a Bengali film featured men and women living in a house right in the center of West Bengal and East Pakistan.
Now, Mukherji shifts the same to the Punjab-Pakistan border in Begum Jaan¸ his debut Hindi film. Vidya Balan plays as a brothel owner and has her girls. Vidya is Begum Jaan in this film. The local king keeps them under his wings, while the locals fear Begum Jaan and though her mansion is crumbling, no one has the courage to talk to her about her kingdom, her mansion. However, Begum Jaan is a benevolent and mellowed person and she care to reveal the truth she knows about being a sex worker.
Begum is not ready to dislodge from her mansion and leads to a war. The film reveals different patriarchy forms and the male domination being the root cause.
Begum Jaan as a sharp tongued woman, snorting hookah and the authoritarian air has done her role very strongly. Her brothel has women of every language, caste and religion. Some are thrown out of houses, some riot victims and some love failures.
A typical bad-business done by good woman, type of character. As usual Vidya Balan adds persona and charm dominating the screen.