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Begum Jaan Review: Vidya Balan Excels Once in an Inconsistent Story

Will Begum Jaan bring back Vidya to the top? Will Srijit Mukherji be able to strike gold at the box office?

Shomini Sen | News18.comshominisen

Updated:April 14, 2017, 4:19 PM IST
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Begum Jaan Review: Vidya Balan Excels Once in an Inconsistent Story
Image: Official poster of Begum Jaan

Vidya Balan has time and again proved that she can transform herself to whichever character she is given. Her last few films may not have done well, but the actress does not shy away from experimenting. Her latest, Begum Jaan, has her playing a madam of a brothel located on the Indo-Pak border during the Partition era. The trailer has Vidya and other actors mouthing expletives and performing some bold scenes.

A remake of Srijit Mukherji's Rajkahini, the film marks Mukherji's debut in Bollywood. The filmmaker, already a National Award winning director, forays in Bollywood with a period saga. He has already proved his mettle in Bengali film industry and with Begum Jaan, hopes to make it big in Bollywood as well.

Will Begum Jaan bring back Vidya to the top? Will Srijit Mukherji be able to strike gold at the box office? Shomini Sen of News18.com is inside the theatre to find out.

10:03 AM: We will be in #BegumJaan's court in a bit. Stay tuned for the tweet review

10:10 AM: A remake of Bengali film #Rajkahini , #BegumJaan has Vidya Balan in the title role.

10:25 AM: #BegumJaan begins in present day Delhi and reminds us that not much has changed for women or how they are perceived by men in the society.

10:51 AM: So #BegumJaan's brothel has prostitutes from different states, each speaking their own dialect. Sort of like mini India

11:12 AM: #BegumJaan breaks at a crucial point. So far, it sticks to core plot and establishes the premise well.

11:39 AM: Of the all the characters, Kabir the characters played by Chunky Panday is the most interesting. #BegumJaan

11:58 AM: #BegumJaan uses partition as a backdrop only. It is ultimately a story of a house and its occupants.

12:18 PM: The last few scene as overtly dramatic. Not for the faint heart. #BegumJaan

12:27 PM: High on emotions and drama, #BegumJaan appears a tad loud in parts.

12:32 PM: Vidya Balan delivers yet again. No role seem difficult for her. #BegumJaan

12:33 PM: Among others, both Gauahar Khan and Pallavi Sharda do justice to their roles. so do actors Rajit Kapur and Vivek Mushran #BegumJaan

12:34 PM: The revelation though is Chunky Panday who looks menacing as Kabir. Quite a casting there. #BegumJaan

12:35 PM: #BegumJaan is shorter than #Rajkahini which is a good thing. But the film could have dealt deeper on partition. And it's horrible impact.

12:36 PM: It's an intense film, with crass words amply thrown in. High on drama, #BegumJaan in certain parts may make one cringe.

12:37 PM: The film boasts of formidable cast and they alone make the film worth a watch. You haven't seen any of them in such characters before. #BegumJaan

12:38 PM: But #BegumJaan fails to create a lasting impact.

12:39 PM: Some shots are too jumpy, make the scenes uncomfortable for the eyes. Editing in certain parts is too abrupt. #BegumJaan

12:40 PM: Don't go for #BegumJaan expecting an entertainer. Its an intense film which takes you back in time.

12:41 PM: Thanks for staying with us throughout the tweet review of #BegumJaan. More movie updates to follow soon

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| Edited by: Shomini Sen
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