Begum Jaan Review


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Falls short of expectations

Rating: 2.25/5

Cast: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Mishty Chakroborthy, Chunkey Pandey, Ashish Vidyarthi

Director: Srijit Mukherjee



The film is set in a period during India – Pakistan partition after Independence. Millions of people are busy migrating across borders. Begum Jaan (Vidya Balan) runs a brothel house with dozens of sex workers. The twist in the tale comes as new border-line set by officials passes through the mansion in which Begum Jaan runs her prostitution business. They are asked to vacate.

Now, it is upto Begum Jaan and her girls to bow down to officials or fight back. How Begum Jaan and her gang goes against all odds in beating patriarchal society forms the story.



Begum Jaan is all about deep rooted hypocrisy of our male chauvinistic society. The film revolves around how bunch of call girls who are looked down struggle for survival and identity.

Story written by director Srijit Mukherjee is interesting but he didn’t transpose it as impressively onto the silver screen. Screenplay is good only in bits and pieces. Besides having powerful content, several scenes lack the emotional depth and hence fail to create impact.

Vidya gives a fabulous performance as a madame of the brothel house. She gets into the skin of her character as usual.  The way she shows aggression through her eyes and expression is amazing. Mishty Chakraborthy’s has brief role, she has to be searched in bunch of other girls.

Pallavi Sharda stands out as deceiver.  Senior actors Naseeruddin Shah, Rajit Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi and Chunky Pandey deliver stellar performances expected of them.

Art department did commendable job in recreating partition era. Cinematography is decent. Music is average.


Vidya Balan


Casting & Performances




Bottom-line: Falls short of expectations