Begum Jaan trailer: Vidya Balan looks indomitable as madam of brothel in this period drama
Srijit Mukherji's upcoming period drama Begum Jaan revolves around a brothel located in Punjab during the troubled times of the Partition. The sex workers of the brothel are indifferent about India's Independence until they are informed that the line between India and Pakistan is going to cross their brothel.
The trailer of the film shows how Begum Jaan, the madam of the brothel, played by Vidya Balan, declares a war against the authorities who want them to evacuate the brothel at once. Balan displays a range of moods in the trailer. She is laid back and confident as she sips on the hookah. She is fierce and vulnerable as she fights tooth and nail against the authorities.
The major highlight of the trailer is its final moments when Balan makes a rare yet bold reference to mahina or menstruation. Given that menstruation is a taboo in India, it is arguably the first time that a reference to the same has been made so emphatically in the trailer of the film.
The trailer solely focuses on Balan's character and features fleeting glimpses of the other sex workers played by the talented likes of Ila Arun, Pallavi Sharda and Gauhar Khan among others. It also shows Naseeruddin Shah as the king of a princely state. It will be interesting to see him share the screen space with Balan after Abhishek Chaubey's 2010 dark comedy Ishqiya and Milan Luthria's 2011 film The Dirty Picture. Also, Chunkey Pandey, well known for his comical roles, has never looked more menacing than in the trailer of this film.
As reported earlier, Amitabh Bachchan's unmistakably recognisable baritone explains the historical setting of the film in the beginning of the trailer. Needless to say, he paints a beautiful picture with his words.
Begum Jaan is produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt's Vishesh Films which has completed 30 years since its inception back in March 1987. The film is slated to release on 14 April.