Vidya Balan’s Begum Jaan is Breaking All Odds (Story, Cast, Highlights & Review)

Vidya Balan’s new Bollywood flick Begum Jaan has hit the theatres across India today and is winning tons of accolades from the audiences as well as from the critics as it is one of the boldest Bollywood films produced ever. The film has some daring and undaunted dialogues that can blow away your ears for an instance. Thanks to Kausar Munir for penning down something out of the box. Vidya Balan, as always has done an amazing job for the movie. Check out Begum Jaan reviews to know how audience loved her performance.

Though Begum Jaan is a Hindi remake of the Rituparna Sengupta starer 2015 released Bengali film ‘Rajkahini’ but it is also said to be loosely based on 1986 released, Shyam Benegal’s movie ‘Mandi’. The film Begum Jaan is produced under the Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt banner and the great actor, Amitabh Bachchan has lent his voice to narrate the story of the movie.

Read on to check out the review of Begum Jaan.

Begum Jaan – Highlights & Story

Begum Jaan role played by Vidya Balan is the main protagonist of the film. She is the madam of the brothel, which she considers and time & again says to be her house, her country, her world and her everything to die for.

She with her 11 other fearless sex workers of the brothel stands up against the changing political scenario at the time of India-Pakistan partition.

The plot of the movie unfurls the heroic saga by a handful of women who try to save their brothel that needs to be demolished for establishing a border between the two countries.

Begum Jaan as per movie reviews is a period drama meant for adult viewing only. The movie has some of the finest actors of the Hindi film industry and from theatre who have delivered a top notch acting to make the project successful. It was good to see the 90s film, Saudagar’s ‘Ilu- Ilu’ actor Vivek Mushran to make a comeback in Bollywood after ages. Chunky Pandey aka Bollywood’s very own ‘Aakhiri Pasta’ was the surprise package in the film who has made everyone stunned with his new avatar and some serious- intense acting.

Songs in Begum Jaan Movie

As per movie reviews, Vidya Balan starer Begum Jaan has six melodious songs that are aptly composed and curated by Anu Mallik and the legendary Khayyam, as per the era, which the movie is set in. The Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner, Asha Bhosle has made a come back in this commercial entertainer after a long time with her semi-classical number- ‘Prem Mein Tohre’.

It’s another patriotic song- ‘Aazaadiyan’ by Sonu Nigam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is creating a magic on the music chartbuster. ‘O Re Kaharo’ by Kalpana Patowary and Altamash Faridi is one song of the movie that moves your heart as it expresses the vulnerabilities of sex workers. ‘Holi Khelein’ by Shreya Ghoshal and Anmol Malik, ‘Woh Subah’ by Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal, and ‘Murshida’ by Arijit Singh are other soulful tracks of Begum Jaan that gained popularity before the film was released. Scroll down to get the whole movie review of Begum Jaan.

The cast of Begum Jaan 

  • Vidya Balan
  • Ila Arun
  • Gauhar Khan
  • Naseeruddin Shah
  • Rajit Kapoor
  • Ashish Vidyarthi
  • Vivek Mushran
  • Chunky Pandey and many more

Begum Jaan Review

Begum Jaan reviews not only show how Vidya Balan along with her girls fought against India Pakistan partition but also shows how a woman can fight for her work. Audience who have watched the movie are all praise for Vidya Balan’s work in the film.

Vidya’s skills can be compared with her own past movies but can simply not be compared with any other actress in Bollywood.

Trailer of Vidya Balan’s Begum Jaan

Play the trailer below to satiate your curiosity if you haven’t gone to the theatre to watch this boldest Bollywood movie ever.

Let’s see how much collection will the movie Begum Jaan do at the box office in its first week of the release as it has clashed with the Dawayne Johnson and Vin Diesel starer Hollywood flick, The Fate of the Furious, which is The Fast and the Furious franchise.

Till now, the review rating for Begum Jaan has been 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5 – Given by various movie critics and review houses. 

The movie is an A grade one and it is highly recommended to leave your kids at home, as the movie has an interpretation of obscenity and the dialogues can lead you to uncomfortable situation amongst them.


Yamini S. Verma

A dreamer and a go-getter, this is how she defines herself. With seven- plus years of experience in Journalism, Yamini has worked with various publications in print and online. With an inclination towards photography, she dreams to go on around the world tour someday and capture the beauty of nature through her lens. You can write to her at
Back to top button