• April 14, 2017
    • 4:18 PM

    BANNER: Vishesh Films, Play Entertainments
    PRODUCER: Mukesh Bhatt, Vishesh Bhatt
    DIRECTOR: Srijit Mukherji
    CAST: Vidya Balan, Ila Arun, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajit Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vivek Mushran, Chunky Pandey, Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, etc.

    STORY: This is a period drama film which revolves around a brothel madam known as Begum Jaan (Vidya Balan) who has been told to vacate her whorehouse along with her girls, so that a Line of Control, dividing Hindustan and newly created Pakistan, could be stretched. But the fearsome and foul-mouthed Begum Jaan refuses to crouch down in fear and move out of her brothel as she has had the patronage of the local king (Naseeruddin Shah) and connections with the high and mighty of the area. When representatives of India and Pakistan (Rajit Kapur and Ashish Vidyarthi) fail to displace her from her place, they hire a deadly goon Kabir (Chunky Pandey) to do the needful. Meanwhile, the waning king expresses his helplessness to protect Begum Jaan and her brothel anymore. Will Begum Jaan have to battle it out on her own to protect her whorehouse or she will simply cower to the murderous goon hired to wreak havoc on her. To know, watch the film.

    Well-known Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji has remade his own award winning Bengali movie, 'Rajkahini' in Hindi, as 'Begum Jaan'. While the original film was more rooted in reality and had characters the audience could easily connect with, its remake seems to be a blatant commercial melodrama which lacks soul despite having a strong narrative. The story of the film has fire but its screenplay is so weak that the whole film fizzles out very soon. Vidya Balan is the backbone of this weak film. She goes all out and delivers a knockout performance as the madam of a brothel who is on the verge of losing everything. Pallavi Sharda, Gauahar Khan and Vivek Mushran as an educated social worker too have played their parts honestly. 'Begum Jaan' has too many characters and hence other artists have not got enough time to show their skills. Talking about direction, Srijit Mukherji's direction remains pretty average. At some point it becomes really hard to digest that he is the same director who directed the original film. After watching the film, it is more than clear that he has fallen for commerce here. Music by Anu Malik is good and gels well with the theme of the film. Cinematography is weak. While the first half of the film is a tad laborious, the second half picks up pace considerably and keeps the audience hooked to the end.

    The film has been quite low on promotions and publicity, which may impact its box office collections to great extent. Moreover, it is not a typical masala entertainer, so majority of the audience in single screens may stay away from theaters.

    At the box office the film may do average business.