Blind critic movie review of Begum Jaan

Director: Srijit Mukherji

Cast: Vidya Balan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajit Kapur, Gauahar Khan, Rajesh Sharma, Pitobash Tripathy, Vivek Mushran, Chunky Pandey, Naseerudin Shah, Pallavi Sharda, Ila Arun

A blind perspective:

Begum Jaan is a film about the division of Bengal between India and Pakistan and the status of women in ancient India. The movie tries to show how women were exploited during the British rule.

The film starts with an elderly woman offering her body to a group of goons to protect a younger woman in 2016’s Delhi. The scene suggests that the power dynamics haven’t changed much for women since independence.

The film then traces back to the time before independence which shows the lives of 11 women who work as prostitutes in the house owned by Begum Jaan.

The story then follows how the creation of the Radcliffe Line as the boundary between the newly formed nations of India and Pakistan affects common people and mainly the women in the house of Begum Jaan.

Representatives of political parties of India and Pakistan try to convince Begum Jaan to leave her house along with her women. But they refuse to move and decide to fight their own battle.

Director Srijit Mukherjee fails to make an effective film. The film has a slow and boring storyline, negative acting by the cast, many cheap dialogues, emotional songs and sad background music.

From the view of accessibility, the film is more than 80% inaccessible for the visually impaired audience and it can be watched only with sighted assistance.

Verdict: Don’t go for this film as it is a total waste of time and money.

Rating: 1.0/5

A sighted perspective:

Begum Jaan is a Hindi period drama film. The film is a remake of the Bengali film Rajkahani.

Vidya Balan as Begum Jaan, Gauahar Khan as Rubina and Ila Arun as Amma are only worth watching in the film, but honestly as actors they deserve a better script than this one.

It looks like the makers ideally wanted to promote women empowerment and patriotism through the film. But due to terrible storytelling, one neither feels the suffering of women nor the pain of the partition between India and Pakistan.

The film keeps dragging with many violent and depressing scenes which can make one feel uncomfortable easily.

Music is not at par with expectations and dialogues are not powerful but offensive.

The film fails to deliver the important message of ‘respecting women irrespective of their profession’ and leaves the audience confused.

Verdict: The film is definitely NOT RECOMMENDED even if you get free tickets. Do yourself a favor and skip this one!

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