One line Review: Begum Jaan, the brothel owner along with her girls tries to save their home from the burning fire of the partition.
Positive Points: The strong performance of Vidya Balan and other supporting actors work for the film.
Negative Points: The intensity and the seriousness of the storyline is somewhere lost in the overly dramatic presentation. There is hardly any light moment in the film that leaves the viewers very difficult to take in all the starkness.
Begum Jaan (Vidya Balan), owner of the brothel is a fierce and stubborn woman who is concerned with only one thing and that is 'dhanda'. Although, she is a strong woman but also has a softer streak for her girls ... full Plot
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Harlot, whore, streetwalker, prostitute, hooker, call girl or (the politically correct) sex worker ... call her what you will, but a woman who plies the sex trade, is rarely viewed by society as a mistress of her own will or one whose opinion matters.Writer-director Srijit Mukherji's Begum Jaan is the story of one such woman, madam of a brothel on the outskirts of a town in pre-Independence Punjab. The year is 1947 and the Radcliffe Line has been drawn by the British to demarcate India and the newly forming Pakistan.More »
When a movie features Vidya Balan, one expects a lot from it. The actress is undoubtedly a powerhouse of talent but a poorly-directed film can easily sweep away the attention from a flawless performer. With 'Begum Jaan', director Srijit Mukherjee remakes his Bengali film 'Rajkahini' that starred Rituparna Sen Gupta in the lead role.More »