Vidya Balan has the ability to lose herself in her character. Whether it is Kahaani or Dirty Picture, you don’t see the actor, only the character. With her upcoming Begum Jaan, Vidya appears to have achieved the feat once again. Vidya plays the owner of a brothel in Punjab. The film is set during the Partition of India and shows the tribulations of displaced women. Sharing the first poster from the film, Vidya tweeted, “Aa rahi hoon main! #BegumJaanFirstLook @visheshfilms @srijitspeaketh.” What captured our attention was the empowering message on the poster: “”My Body. My House. My Country. My Rules.” And the subtitle states, “When Freedom Fought Independence…” Not just Vidya, the film also stars Gauahar Khan whose deglam look in the earlier stills of the film created a lot of buzz.
Watch Video | Vidya Balan Starrer ‘Begum Jaan’ First Look
While Vidya looked fierce as Begum Jaan, Gauahar also made a deep impression. Speaking about her role in the film, Vidya said in earlier interviews, “My onscreen character raises a very important question — why are a woman’s actions controlled by her father, brother, husband or son? So she decides not to allow anyone to take away her space, be it in terms of property or her physical self. The script and the story are really very different and attractive. We are just finishing dubbing and post-production work.”
— vidya balan (@vidya_balan) March 7, 2017
The film shows Vidya as the madam of the brothel, who along with her courtesans is caught in the midst of Partition. While half the women of her brothel are being sent to Pakistan and the rest being pushed to India, she stands strong as a rock for herself and the women dependent on her. She called the film the story of survivors. “The film tells the story of survivors as they defy nations to save their homes. The story is set amidst the changing political scenario during the partition,” she told an entertainment website.
Also Watch | Here’s The First Poster Of Vidya Balan’s Begum Jaan
The film is directed by National Award-winning director Srijit Mukherji. Based on his acclaimed Bengali film Rajkahini, it marks his Bollywood debut. The film also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Ila Arun, Pallavi Sharda, Rajit Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vivek Mushran and Chunky Pandey.
In the original, popular Bengali actress, Rituparna Sengupta, had played Begum Jaan. That film was set during the time when Bengal was being partitioned. It captured the communal riots of that time which tore apart a people and left the Begum Jaan and her women open to exploitation and worse.
Earlier leaked pic from Vidya Balan’s Begum Jaan
Going by the Bengali film, Vidya will be seen as a brothel madam who appears to be merciless and unfair to the point of being brutal. But behind the facade is her complete dedication to those she has sheltered. She would even sacrifice those closest to her for the larger good. In fact, in a scene, Rituparna was seen shooting her trusted guard who is badly burnt and is crying for mercy. She doesn’t shed tears, she doesn’t blink, she goes ahead and takes the decision which needs to be taken.
Earlier, Mukherji had tweeted a photo of Vidya with legendary singer Asha Bhonsle, revealing she will playback for the National Award-winning actress in the film. Asha, after a long time, has lent her voice to the film.