Bollywood is truly blessed to have an acting genius like Vidya Balan, who floors cinema lovers with her stellar performances. Her upcoming movie, Begum Jaan trailer released on March 14, and we could not contain our excitement seeing her intense avatar of a brothel owner. Vidya Balan has definitely upped the ante in Srijit Mukherji directed period drama as the 38-year-old mouths a powerful dialogue about the menstrual cycle. Menstruation or periods, which are still considered a taboo in India and to hear Vidya say it out loud so fearlessly is bound to give many of you goosebumps. Begum Jaan which is slated for April 14, 2017, worldwide release is getting rave reviews from Twitterati for the content, drama, depiction and of course the sheer acting powerhouse, Vidya Balan.
Begum Jaan is the remake of Bengali film, Rajkahini, also directed by the National Award winning director, Srijit Mukherji. The taglines of the film read, ‘Lived as whores, fought as queens!’ and ‘When freedom fought against independence’ is suffice to make you curious about the period drama set in the backdrop of late Indian Independence period of 1947. Vidya Balan like most of her films appears in a never-seen-before avatar, and this time around she plays the titular role of Begum Jaan, a brothel owner.
Vidya as Begum is a rowdy, ferocious, uncivil and a badass owner of a brothel. She is ready to go any distance to safeguard her brothel, in what she calls her home from the officials who want to reduce it to dust to carry out the India-Pakistan partition process. We all have heard the gruesome tale of murders, rapes, robbery and broken families during the Partition of India but this unheard story of a brothel madam and her prostitutes fighting to save their Kotha, as they say at any cost.
Vidya Balan at her fearless and fiery best!
Vidya Balan all set for another iconic performance
The many moods of Vidya Balan aka Begum Jaan
And another blockbuster in Vidya’s kitty
Begum Jaan is one of the most impressive trailers seen in Bollywood so far in 2017. While, one cannot pinpoint one high point (trust us, the entire trailer is goddam good), there, however, remains one crucial moment which will take your breath away. The last scene of the trailer, when a government official threatens Begum Jaan of leaving the brothel and constantly reminds her of just having a month to do so, she shoots back in the most savage reply ever on the silver screen. She says, “mahina hume ginna aata hai sahab, har baar saala laal karke jaata hai” (we (women) know how to count the days of month, and whenever it comes, leaves them soaked red). Baam, mindblown!
Begum Jaan gang celebrate the overwhelming response
While Vidya Balan is the driving force of Begum Jaan, the rest of cast is no less impressive. Gauhar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Ila Arun and others have formed a strong cast. Meanwhile, the key highlight among the male actors is Chunky Pandey in an unrecognizable avatar. The last we remember of him was when he featured in crackpot movies like Housefull. Chunkey Pandey’s role looks meaty and who knows this is the turning point in his career’s second innings. The film also stars, versatile actor and Vidya Balan’s The Dirty Picture co-star Naseeruddin Shah in a pivotal role. Overall, Begum Jaan looks like a sure-shot hit at the Box Office with Vidya putting her best foot forward.