The trailer for Begum Jaan was out yesterday and we just couldn’t take our eyes off the stellar cast. It is National Award winning Bengali director Srijit Mukherji’s Bollywood debut. Adapted from the Bengali film Rajkahini, Begum Jaan is a period drama set during the time of Indian Independence.
The trailer starts off with the enigmatic voice of Amitabh Bachchan narrating the premise of the film, taking us back into the 1940s when the partition of India was officially announced by Viceroy Lord Mountbatten. How this one announcement alters the lives of a brothel’s inhabitants forms the core aspect of the film. The Line of Partition that has to be laid down passes right through the brothel. The officials pressurize the brothel’s madame, Begum Jaan (Balan) and her girls to vacate the premises. But here, the irony of freedom against independence takes birth thus leading to volatile consequences.
Vidya Balan who adorns the character of a brothel’s madame, shines in the trailer as the badass, ruthless, no-nonsense lady with a fierce personality. With rugged looks, intoxicating eyes and a hookah pipe in hand, Vidya’s performance is a killer. And it doesn’t stop here. The film boasts of an exciting ensemble that includes great actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Rajit Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi, Chunky Pandey, Ila Arun, Pallavi Sharda and Gauhar Khan. Chunky Pandey’s looks unrecognizable and is surely a surprise for the audiences. The coming together of such an extraordinary cast will surely be a cinematic treat.
Wait back and relax for this intense historical drama with power-packed performances to come alive on screen on the 14th of April, 2017. Till then, enjoy its equally penetrating trailer to warm up yourself for the D-day.