Rating: 3/5 Good

Begum Jaan Review

by Rajat Srivastav

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BollywoodHungama 3/5

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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TimesOfIndia.com 3.5/5

The Holi number is peppy with striking visuals. Otherwise having the 11 women in one frame becomes nothing but a screech-fest. Having Vidya in a film is an asset though. She is an audacious actor, who merits an extra half star for her ability to shoulder a film.

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NowRunning.com 2/5

Begum Jaan chronicles the life inside a whorehouse set in the middle of the India-Pakistan border. Unfortunately, Vidya Balan who plays the title role cannot save the hopelessly predictable plot. The film is such a terrible, bloated and tastelessly overdone copy of the Shabana Azmi starrer Mandi (1983).

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Rediff.com 2/5

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. It is as reckless as Radcliffe's.

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filmibeat.com 3/5

Begum Jaan isn't an easy watch. It makes you squirm at the double standards prevailing in the society. At the same time, it comforts you with a hope that 'woh subah kabhi toh aayegi'. Watch it for Vidya Balan whose piercing eyes and firebrand dialogues gives you ample of goosebump-inducing moments!

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NDTV 2.5/5

Is Begum Jaan, the fiery protag, in the same league as these women? Will she pass into cinema history? Vidya Balan could count this performance as another feather in her already overflowing cap, but the fire-spewing character that she plays is far too flappy to go down in the annals of Hindi cinema as an unforgettable screen heroine. She is phenomenally riveting no doubt, but the film that rests awkwardly on her shoulders is passable at best.

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BehindWoods.com 2.5/5

Begum Jaan is filled with powerful dialogues and boldness that are inspirational. It is nothing but an old wine in a new bottle. Vidya Balan's fans would love to receive such performance from her time and again. Begum Jaan will wake the man inside every woman!

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Begum Jaan

  • Srijit Mukherji
  • Mukesh Bhatt
    Vishesh Bhatt
  • Anu Malik
  • Gopi Bhagat
  • Monisha R Baldawa
    Vivek Mishra
  • Kausar Munir
    Srijit Mukherji
  • Srijit Mukherji
  • Vishesh Films
    PLAY Entertainment
  • Apr 14, 2017
  • Hindi