Begum Jaan (2017)

Hindi 2 hrs 0 mins Action, Drama
Critics Score
35%
Total Reviews: 32
User Score
38%
Total Votes: 8

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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)
Cast: Vidya Balan , Ila Arun , Gauahar Khan , Pallavi Sharda , Priyanka Setia , Ridheema Tiwary , Flora Saini , Raviza Chauhan , Poonam Rajput , Mishti Chakravorty , Gracy Goswami , Pitobash Tripathy , Sumit Nijhawan , Ashish Vidyarthi , Chunky Pandey , Rajit Kapoor , Vivek Mushran , Rajesh Sharma , Naseeruddin Shah
Director: Srijit Mukherji
Release Date: 14 Apr 2017
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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Begum Jaan - Top Reviews

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."
Mayank Shekhar, Mid-Day
A plot that could have turned into a powerful allegory turns shallow
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Begum Jaan Just Doesn’t Make It To The See-Grade
Khalid Mohamed, Spot Boye
In its preoccupation with drama, Begum Jaan neglects to reveal its soul
Sukanya Verma, REDIFF
In its preoccupation with drama, Begum Jaan neglects to reveal its soul
Sukanya Verma, Rediff
We're left only with memories of some melancholy bores._x000D_
Raja Sen, NDTV
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).
Manisha Lakhne, Now Running

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Begum Jaan - All Reviews

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.
Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times
Vidya Balan’s Best Movie and Role in Five Years
R.M. Vijayakar, 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
Sreeju Nair, India.Com
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.
Lokesh Dharmani, Masala
All sound and fury signifying nothing
NAMRATA JOSHI, The Hindu
Begum Jaan, is a film which might not be made for everybody, but should be watched by one and all.
VINEETA KUMAR, Inuth
Begum Jaan is strong, inspiring, shocking, and more than anything — heart-wrenching. Don't forget to take your handkerchief (or tissues!) along.
Srijit Mukherji, 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.
Kiran Arora, Oye Times
A history lesson delivered at top volume
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
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.
Bollywood.Com
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.
Bollywood.Com
कड़वी सच्चाई और बंगाल के सामाजिक मुद्दों को उठाती है 'बेगम जान'
Bhaskar
But the actors retain the steam with their attention-grabbing acts, and it certainly deserves a watch.
BollywoodMantra
Begum Jaan makes a lot of noise, cuts a lot of throats, but sucks up to kiddie-ideas of history and revolution
Sreehari Nair, REDIFF
समाज के मुंह पर करारा तमाचा है 'बेगम जान'
Narendra Saini, Aaj Tak
सोचने पर मजबूर करती है विद्या बालन की 'बेगम जान
Bhaskar
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
Sreehari Nair, Rediff
BEGUM IS SPIRITED BUT DOESN’T SERVE UP SOUL CURRY
Meena Iyer, Times