Movie Review: Begum Jaan (2017)

Box Office: Avg.

Begum_JaanCyril Radcliffe is entrusted with the task of drawing the border that would split Punjab into two parts: a portion for India and the other for Pakistan. The politicians [Ashish Vidyarthi and Rajit Kapur], representing their respective governments, go about doing their job earnestly, but their work hits a roadblock as they discover that a brothel — run by the shrewd and sharp Begum Jaan [Vidya Balan] — is positioned right at the border.

Begum Jaan refuses to vacate the premises, despite being served an official notice. She’s defiant and rebels against the move to relocate elsewhere. My body, my house, my rules is her motto in life. Begum Jaan and the inhabitants clash with the officials amidst the changing political scenario during partition.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “It’s a good period and story to revisit because even 70-years after Partition, anything around it still piques interest.”
3.5 “Vidya Balan with her women gang slams patriarchy right into its face.”
3.0 “Despite minor hiccups, BEGUM JAAN is a compelling watch with a hard hitting narrative and bravura performances as its USPs.”
3.0 “Vidya Balan-starrer is marred by cliched approach to storytelling”
DNA India
3.0 “Vidya Balan’s Feisty Act Is The ‘Jaan’ Of The Film!”
3.0 “Vidya Balan’s fight to the finish makes for a compelling watch”
3.0 “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. “
Average Reviews
2.5 “if you are looking for a purely commercial entertainer with loads of melodrama and powerful dialogues, Begum Jaan might not disappoint you…”
2.5 “Watch ‘Begum Jaan’ for Vidya Balan’s impressive performance but don’t expect it to be a masterpiece!”
2.5 “While the movie does get a lot of things right, it just lacks a little conviction in presenting its powerful ideas.”
2.5 “Vidya Balan and her women’s war against patriarchy”
2.5 “Alas we watch a stubborn, high-headed woman whose strange sense of pride and heroism cost innocent lives”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Even Vidya Balan cannot rescue Begum Jaan’s loud, empty feminism”
2.0 “This is a sham of a film-making a pretense to art. Buy or rent the DVD of Mandi instead.”
2.0 “The Film Fails To Make An Impact With Its Story”
1.5 “Shockingly, the creator of RAJKAHINI Srijit Mukherji is the destroyer of BEGUM JAAN which sees the fiery and determined Vidya Balan fighting a lost battle”
1.5 ” Vidya Balan tries to invest some feeling into her role which soon turns cliched”
1.0 “Vidya Balan Is Wasted In Cheesy Film That’s Hard To Take Seriously”
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