Entertainment Desk: The trailer of Srijit Mukherji's Begum Jaan is out, and Vidya Balan is stepping into the shoes of Rituparna Sengupta as Begum Jaan, the madam of a brothel.
The film, which is a remake of the director's Bengali film Rajkahini (2015), is set during the Partition of India. When the existence of their brothel is threatened because it lies right in the middle of the proposed Radcliffe line, which is the proposed partition line, Begum and her girls fight tooth and nail to ensure that they are not displaced.
1. Vidya Balan in a powerful role
Vidya Balan is all set to treat her fans to another powerhouse performance as the titular character of Begum Jaan. Begum rules the brothel with an iron fist, but is dedicated to save her brothel and the girls, despite all attempts to displace them. Fiercely determined, she refuses to bow down, even when threatened with physical harm, proudly saying, "Jo bhi ho, bhik mango ki tarah nahi, rani ki tarah marungi...apne mahal mein (Whatever happens, I will not die like a beggar, but a queen... in my palace." Another National Award for Vidya on the cards?
2. Chunky Pandey as the menacing baddie
For the millennials, Chunky Pandey is best known as Akhri Pasta from the Housefull series. The actor looked almost unrecognisable with his shaved head and mean glare. In Rajkahini, Kabir is the unscrupulous goon who will do whatever it takes to achieve the goal, right and wrong be damned. While Jisshu Sengupta got rave reviews for his performance in the original, it remains to be seen if funnyman Chunky will be able to do justice to the role.
3. High voltage dialogues
The dialogues are undeniably the highlight of the trailer. When Begum Jaan is warned that she only has a month to vacate the brothel, she says, "Mahina humein ginna aata hai saab, har baar saala lal kar ke jaata hai (I know how to count months, sir. They leave me bloodied every single time)." If that is not badassery, I do not know what is.
4. Amitabh Bachchan's baritone
There is something about Amitabh Bachchan's voice that automatically lends gravitas to whatever he says, even if he is only reading out his grocery. His narration of Begum Jaan is definitely impressive and his signature baritone gives the period drama an edge.
5. A nail-biting climax
Sticks and stones may break their bones, but Begum Jaan and the girls will not let go of the brothel without putting up a good fight. If they have to take up arms themselves, they will do so. Will they be emerge victorious in their fight? That is something you will have to watch the film to find out.
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