The Hollywood release Fast and Furious 8 is affecting the release of Begum Jaan and it is obvious that Vidya Balan's starrer will get heavily affected by this. Nevertheless, all the girls in her "mahal" respect her and are ready to do anything for her.
Of her role, Vidya earlier told news agency PTI, "I am the madam of a brothel and the film is set in the Partition times and we are at the risk of losing our house, our space so there is lot of emotional, mental and sexual violence and not physical violence".
The shabbily picturised sequence of women blindly firing into nowhere upholds Begum Jaan's flimsy, ill-defined rebellion where Mukherjee draws epic parallels to their resistance. "He saw the evilness in me and he wanted to bring that out in "Begum Jaan"," he says. Speaking about her character, she said Begum Jaan is nothing less than a tigress on the prowl and she will stop at nothing to regain what's hers.
Vidya Balan has delivered brilliance performance. Ila Arun (who once called herself "the shagun ka nariyal" of any Benegal project) reprises a really strong role which leaves a mark as does Gauhar Khan who imbues her Rubina with a rawness that comes across more strongly than her Chand Baby in Ishaqzaade. And here's the review for all our readers so that they could make a choice.
Vidya, along with the other star casts of Begum Jaan, ' including Gauhar Khan, Pallavi Sharda and directorSrijit Mukherji were in the national capital yesterday to promote their film. The fundamental premise of the brothel - with all its bickering, love-hate relationships, and the "hidden child" oscillates as the director pans into the world of the two government officials - Srivastava (Ashish Vidyarthi) and Ilyas (Rajat Kapoor), who are tasked with evicting Begum Jaan. Dialogues like Begum Jaan saying "Mahina humein ginna ata hai sahab, har bar sala lal karke jata hai" add more power to Vidya's character. The movie is a Hindi remake of Bengali film Rajkahini written and directed by Srijit as well. Despite minor hiccups, BEGUM JAAN is a compelling watch with a hard hitting narrative and bravura performances as its USPs.