Begum Jaan goes tax free in Jharkhand, Vidya Balan celebrates with an auto ride

Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das announced Begum Jaan tax-free in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 9, 2017 5:32 pm
begum jaan, vidya balan, vidya balan pink auto, mahesh bhatt, srijit sarkar, 50 lakhs Vidya Balan will be seen playing the titular role in Srijit Mukerji’s Begum Jaan.

Begum Jaan is making news even before hitting the theaters. And while the fans of Vidya Balan await its release next weekend, it looks like the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das is already impressed with the much-awaited film. He has handed over a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to the team of Begum Jaan, which is backed by Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.

The Vidya Balan starrer has also been declared tax-free in Jharkhand. Director Srijit Mukherji wrote, “Delighted to announce the Hon’ble CM @dasraghubar has declared #BegumJaan tax-free for Jharkhand & has also extended a subsidy of Rs. 2 crores!”

Raghubar Das, CM of Jharkhand, wrote “Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, actor Vidya Balan were in Ranchi to promote their upcoming film, Begum Jaan. The film has mostly been shot in Jharkhand. The cast was very happy with Jharkhand’s hospitality. We have announced the film tax-free. Vidya has agreed to be the brand ambassador of Jharkhand and she’ll promote its craft.”

Here is the tweet:

“निर्देशक श्री महेश भट्ट, अदाकारा विद्या बालन ने आज मुलाकात की। अपनी आनेवाली फिल्म बेगम जान के प्रचार के सिलसिले में वे रांची आये हुए थे। बेगम जान की ज्यादातर शूटिंग झारखंड में हुई है। झारखंड में मिली सुविधा से वे काफी खुश नजर आए। झारखंड में फिल्म को टैक्स फ्री कर दिया गया है। विद्या बालन ने झारक्राफ्ट की ब्रांड एम्बेसडर बनने की सहमति प्रदान की। वे झारक्राफ्ट के उत्पादों का प्रचार प्रसार करेंगी।”

On the same day, Vidya, along with Mahesh Bhatt and director Srijit Mukerji, was seen taking a ride around the city in a Pink auto to promote their film.

The film is about the madam of a brothel, Begum Jaan, played by Vidya Balan. It is a remake of Bengali film Rajkahini, which was also directed by Sujit Mukherji, and had Rituparna Sengupta as its main lead. Begum Jaan is set in the backdrop of the India-Pakistan partition.

Vidya is thankful for a great response she has received for the portrayal of Begum Jaan. She says, “Every time I make an attempt to present new and unusual stories for the audience. And when this film came to me, I was so excited that I thought to start shooting for the film on that day itself. The character and dialogues of Begum Jaan are so strong and with so much of attitude that I just couldn’t stop myself from doing this film.”

Also read | Vidya Balan hopes people will connect with Begum Jaan

The film, which also stars Ila Arun, Gauahar Khan, Chunkey Pandey and Naseeruddin Shah among others, is scheduled for April 14 release.

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