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Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Begum Jaan Preview: Vidya Balan Gears Up For A Fierce Battle

Begum Jaan Preview: Vidya Balan Gears Up For A Fierce Battle

Vidya, along with the other star casts of Begum Jaan, ' including Gauhar Khan, Pallavi Sharda and directorSrijit Mukherji were in the national capital yesterday to promote their film.

It is to their league then that Vidya Balan's Begum Jaan must rise, and that indeed is what makes this film interesting. The film is set against the backdrop of Partition, when Begum Jaan is asked to vacate her brothel, as the East India Company decides to draw a division line in Punjab. Begum Jaan is based in 1940's, but still even after 70 years anything around the partition of India and Pakistan piques interest among the audience.

When a movie features Vidya Balan, one expects a lot from it. What happens to Begum Jaan is the rest of the story.

Begum Jaan is a strong take on the patriarchal order but with a narrative that slips in and out of control. Her performance in Begum Jaan will remind you of her brilliant act in The Dirty Picture.

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When we first meet Begum Jaan, she is ruthlessly seen slapping a new girl which sets our expectations from the character sky high. Not that Pakistan has not allowed films to be made on the Partition by Pakistani filmmakers, the last one possibly Manto (2015) by Sarmad Sultan.

A key distributor of Indian films in Pakistan - Satish Anand, head honcho of Eveready Group of Companies - told IANS on social media: "Let's put it this way that this project in present day will not reach the screens". Although a commercial film, the director gives it a touch of documentary movie that is refreshing. The edit of the film also looks a little abrupt. I would. For Vidya who bravely shoulders this cliche with all she's got. In the lead role, with her unibrow, deliberate weight and gait, Vidya Balan ends up speechifying more than acting.

Ila Arun as the amiable Amma is remarkable, with the right amount of drama and restraint in her performance. You will, at times, find it hard to decide if you should sympathise with her character or feel agitated by her authoritativeness. Misthi is just a prop in the film with literally no dialogues.

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