Begum Jaan (2017)

Hindi 2 hrs 0 mins Action, Drama
35 %
Total Reviews: 32
Sahi: 11 Nahi: 21

Review Summary: 'Begum Jaan' is loud but tells an important story. The film helmed by the very talented Vidya Balan could have been memorable with less noise.

Average Critic Rating: (2.42)
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Release Date:
Est. Budget: 19.4 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 20.0 CR

Plot: Vidya Balan plays the lead role of a brothel's madam, set in the backdrop of late Indian Independence period of 1947.... Read more

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The irony was lost on no one. I'm glad this effective film, on the same subject, is out in Indian theatres for audiences to sit (if not take a stand), and ponder over. In the words of Sahir, used well in this beautiful picture, "Woh subah kabhi toh aayegi."
A plot that could have turned into a powerful allegory turns shallow
Indian Express
Begum Jaan Just Doesn’t Make It To The See-Grade
Spot Boye
In its preoccupation with drama, Begum Jaan neglects to reveal its soul
In its preoccupation with drama, Begum Jaan neglects to reveal its soul
We're left only with memories of some melancholy bores._x000D_
She is phenomenally riveting no doubt, but the film that rests awkwardly on her shoulders is passable at best
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).
Now Running
If Vidya Balan is the showstopper of Begum Jaan, Gauahar Khan and Chunkey Pandey are her most worthy partners. Pandey as a cold blooded contract killer will remain in your memory for some time.
Hindustan Times
Vidya Balan’s Best Movie and Role in Five Years
India West
Vidya Balan’s powerful performance makes this partition drama watchable
Bollywood Life
Vidya Balan’s acting abilities crumble under the burden of this over dramatic mess
Vidya Balan’s strong performance is not enough to save this melodramatic partition drama
Vidya Balan leads a band of sex workers in this period drama, which loses steam because of its cluttered and heavy subtext
The film does try to add layers of love, loyalty and betrayal but the patchy narration and screenplay ruin the flow of the movie, leaving very little for sub plots to add to the climax.
All sound and fury signifying nothing
The Hindu
Begum Jaan, is a film which might not be made for everybody, but should be watched by one and all.
Begum Jaan is strong, inspiring, shocking, and more than anything — heart-wrenching. Don't forget to take your handkerchief (or tissues!) along.
First Post
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.
Oye Times
A history lesson delivered at top volume
Vidya Balan appears phenomenal as 'Begum'
News Nation
When a top politician refers to Raveena Tandon’s character and says, “Aurat hai... kya kar legi (She’s a woman... what can she do?),” we know he will soon have to eat his words.
BEGUM JAAN Is Intolerable Over The Top Drama
Box Office Capsule
Sir Cyril Radcliffe probably didn’t think about the misery the line, which was named after him that divided Indian and Pakistan after partition, would bring upon the people living closer to it.
कड़वी सच्चाई और बंगाल के सामाजिक मुद्दों को उठाती है 'बेगम जान'
But the actors retain the steam with their attention-grabbing acts, and it certainly deserves a watch.
Begum Jaan makes a lot of noise, cuts a lot of throats, but sucks up to kiddie-ideas of history and revolution
समाज के मुंह पर करारा तमाचा है 'बेगम जान'
Aaj Tak
सोचने पर मजबूर करती है विद्या बालन की 'बेगम जान
Vidya Balan's Feisty Act Is The 'Jaan' Of The Film!
Filmi Beat
Begum Jaan makes a lot of noise, cuts a lot of throats, but sucks up to kiddie-ideas of history and revolution