CINEMA: THIS WEEK – “Begum Jaan”

Star Cast: Vidya Balan, Gauahar Khan, Ila Arun, Pallavi Sharda, Naseeruddin Shah

Director: Srijit Mukherji

Cert: 15

Release date: 14/04/2017

The first picture of Vidya Balan from the upcoming film ‘Begum Jaan’ sees lead actress Vidya immersed into her character. She plays the madam of a brothel and can be seen smoking a hookah sitting on a bed and being served by co-star Gauahar Khan.

Fans can expect a powerful performance from the actress, yet again. ‘Begum Jaan’ is the Hindi adaptation of National Award-winning filmmaker Srijit Mukherji’s Bengali film, ‘Rajkahini’.

The film delves into the lives of 11 women living in a brothel that finds itself divided by the newly-chalked line-of-control, with half of the house in India and the other half in Pakistan post-partition.

The film throws the audience back in time, with a cautious yet powerful narration of the events that led to the partition and the aftermath through the eyes of a less fortunate, detested and despised section of the dispersed society.

In a gist, the story attempts to showcase the heart-wrenching yet valorous tale of a sex worker and her associates leading a rebellion against the tyrant government officials and the proposed partition.


  1. Does anybody now which cinema this is in Manchester as odeon is not showing it


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