Cast: Vidya Balan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajit Kapur, Gauahar Khan, Rajesh Sharma, Pitobash Tripathy, Vivek Mushran, Chunky Pandey, Naseerudin Shah, Pallavi Sharda, Ila Arun
Director: Srijit Mukherji
Genre: Period Drama
The movie showcases the lives of 11 sex workers living under the same roof with Begum Jaan (Vidya Balan), the owner of the place and the disciplinarian-cum-mother of all these girls. The kotha is under the patronage of the local Maharaja (Naseeruddin Shah). Unfortunately, Sir Cyril Radcliffe drew a border between India and Pakistan in the west, leading to massive destruction. Amidst that, Begum Jaan’s kotha was the one between the lines!
Following this, the story reveals how a bunch of sex workers along with their leader fight off the political corruption and how things lead on to become history!
- The storyline is highly empowering, and displays the power of women.
- Only Vidya Balan could have played Begum Jaan with so much intensity and authenticity. She gave her every emotion to this role, which has inflicted through her performance.
- Dialogues are pretty hard hitting!
- Amidst the up-roaring moments, it’s the silence where Vidya shines bright!
- Chunky Pandey is really unrecognisable and has delivered a stand-out performance.
- Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, and Vivek Mushran have done justice to their roles, and their reactions and actions justify the storyline.
- Anu Malik’s background score is magical.
- Naseeruddin Shah has weaved his magic even with his two-scene cameo!
- Screenplay tends to become a bit over-dramatic at times.
- The first half is lengthy, and stretches onto girls playing and bonding instead of character development.
- There are several unnecessary plots inserted in the movie.
Begum Jaan, despite everything, looks promising, though tends to be a bit melodramatic! It deserves a one-time watch!