The first teaser of Begum Jaan was released on March 14, 2017. Since then, it had been making rounds across all social media platforms.
As shown in the teaser, the movie is set against the backdrop of the historically significant partition of united India.
Set in the era of 1947, Begum Jaan’s story is about the lives of 11 women who wind up at the cusp of being ousted from their own home, a whorehouse, which lies on the LOC between the two recently isolated nations.
Besides cleavage revealing backless blouses, abusive language, and explicit portrayal of 1947 era sex workers, there’s much more in the first official Begum Jaan trailer.
The movie has an incredible ensemble of cast and crew. Besides Vidya Balan, the motion picture stars sensual Gauhar Khan and veteran actors like Rajit Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah. The movie also features Chunkey Pandey, a surprise element, in his never-seen-before avatar.
And, if you have not noticed, I can’t resist telling you the movie’s title bears a striking resemblance with the yesteryears hit Rekha starrer Umrao Jaan. One more similarity between Begum Jaan and Umrao Jaan is that both movies have Naseerudin Shah in them. I think that much Gyaan about Jaan named movies is enough.
Hey, I missed one thing. Begum Jaan is a remake of Bengali movie Rajkahani. In which, the main lead was famous Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta. I think that’s it for now.
Now, coming back to Begum Jaan, the beginning is significant and sounds realistic in the deep husky voice of Bollywood legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Though, the leading lady has astoundingly done a great job in portraying the role of a brothel owner, the teaser and the story of the movie, though inspired by true life events, sound somewhat naïve and uncooked to me.
It is pretty obvious from the teaser the makers of the movie are trying hard to impress the audience. Explicit scenes and strong language are elements to create a sensation, not an impression that lingers longer on people’s mind. India is changing and so are the taste and choices of Indians. I think movie makers in the wake of making something meaningful misinterpret the audience.
No doubt, the movie tries to raise some burning issues and the neglect people faced during the era of partition, the teaser appears melodramatic only to sensationalize the masses through its cheap and tacky dialogue and nudity cashing on the controversial lifestyle of 1947 sex workers.
In my opinion, instead of gathering people’s attention towards the smoldering reality of the bygone era, the teaser is a mere representation of yet another so-called “bold movie” of Indian cinema.
That being said, the teaser stirs up some womanly emotions and I think that’s enough to compel people to go and sit nonchalantly in the air conditioned theater for 2 hours or perhaps more than 2, perhaps 3 or even more. Oh, is it that long?
Jokes apart, Begum Jaan’s release date is 14 April 2017. Just to keep you informed! Kidding!! Go and watch the drama of Bold Indian Cinema.