Vidya Balan’s Begum Jaan: Read what top reviewers said


The much-awaited Vidya Balan starrer “Begum Jaan” was released on Friday to mixed reviews. Srijit Mukherji’s 1947-set film “Begum Jaan” is a remake of his Bengali movie “Rajkahini.” The film also features Chunky Pandey, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi and Gauahar Khan.

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Chunky Pandey has stunned everyone as a menacing guy in “Begum Jaan” trailer, and the actor says he was not sure if he would get that part in the film.

“After the release of ‘Housefull’, I was auditioning for ‘Begum Jaan’ and people on the sets were telling me to say dialogues like ‘Aakhri Pasta’ (his character in ‘Housefull’). At the back of my mind I thought I would not get the film,” Chunky told PTI.

“But Srijit was sure he wanted me to play this evil part. He wanted me to lose real Chunky Pandey… he wanted the world to see my evil side. He saw the evilness in me and he wanted to bring that out in ‘Begum Jaan’,” he says.

The Jharkhand government last week had announced that the film Begum Jaan will become tax-free in the state.

If you haven’t already watched the film, you must read the following reviews before making up your mind for “Begum Jaan.”

Hindustan Times:

If Vidya Balan is the showstopper of Begum Jaan, Gauahar Khan, Chunkey Pandey and Sumit Nijhawan are her most worthy partners. Pandey as a cold-blooded contract killer will remain in your memory for some time.

The 134-minute long Begum Jaan has Vidya Balan in good form, but it lacks cohesiveness as a complete story. It shies away from delving deep into the theme, but you may appreciate its documentary-like feel.

For full review, read here

Indian Express:

The only one who seems to be totally in synch with the jerky heightened silliness of the enterprise is Chunky Pandey who plays a creepy bad guy, hired to get rid of the pesky prostitutes : if they won’t go quietly, they will have to be forced out.

Such a waste of a talented bunch of actors. And of Balan, who tries hard to invest some feeling into a role which turns into a cliché the moment the film opens.

For full review, read here

The Hindu:

Begum Jaan is shrill, shouts at the viewer in every frame. No wonder even perfectly fine actors end up overdoing things. In the lead role, with her unibrow, deliberate weight and gait, Vidya Balan ends up speechifying more than acting. Most of the films these days come alive with the ensemble than the leads. Begum Jaan, however, is let down badly by the side show, the girls coming across as extremely inept and ineffectual, their lingo and accents is particularly laboured, the body language too designed and deliberate. But why blame them alone when the whole film itself is so patently manufactured?

For full review, read here

Bollywood Hungama:

On the whole, BEGUM JAAN has curiosity-value and shock-value, both. Despite minor hiccups, BEGUM JAAN is a compelling watch with a hard hitting narrative and bravura performances as its USPs. The moderate costing of the film should also ensure smooth sailing for its investors.

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In its preoccupation with drama, Begum Jaan neglects to reveal its soul. As a consequence, you feel nothing for the characters, their cause or fate.

Fuelled by stagy impulses till the end, its climatic crossfire is elaborate but of little value.

The shabbily picturised sequence of women blindly firing into nowhere upholds Begum Jaan’s flimsy, ill-defined rebellion where Mukherjee draws epic parallels to their resistance.

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