Movie Review : Begum Jaan!

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Vidya Balan, Gauahar Khan, Rajit Kapur, Pitobash, Naseeruddin Shah, Chunky Pandey, Ashish Vidyarthi


Srijit Mukherji

With the movie being a tribute to two great writers of their era, Begum Jaan, in its quest to become a cinematic masterpiece, suffers amidst a herd of well- worn clichés and a very loud and almost lousy telling.

The opening scene itself stands a predictable testimony for what is to follow. Vidya Balan plays Begum Jaan, the head of a brothel of prostitutes, with each girl having a dreaded story to tell understandably, as they are here. The Radcliffe Line is ordered and it has to pass through the house where the ladies reside. Needless to say, the Begum refuses.

What follows is the fight for freedom within their own country now independent. The first half starts and then sags to a point where you suddenly feel your eyes water. The urge to close them is too high. The frames flit abruptly and that much needed depth to each of the characters is just not there. What you get are performances that look staged instead of being acted upon, and this wobbly telling takes a toll on Vidya Balan, who clearly tries to take it away with her powerful performance, but falls short.

Things pick up in the second half and it’s not all that boring. Some scenes are really amazing, but they should have been much more to totally take the movie through. There is just too much noise out there that takes the charm of the screen away. The movie could have been a lot more than what it has come out to be, and this is saddening when you see what potential it had.

For perfoemances, it’s Vidya Balan in every frame where she is present. No actor has been inadequate, but it’s just her screen presence that you never feel like looking at anyone else except her. Simple as that!

Begum Jaan though sloppy, is a one-time watch for Vidya Balan totally. Another National Award on her cards if truth be told.

2.5 Shors for Begum Jaan!


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