This Vidya Balan-star­rer by Sri­jit Mukherji is an ode to woman power

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van

Apow­er­ful pro­tag­o­nist played by ac­tor Vidya Balan, and an en­sem­ble cast com­pris­ing other noted per­form­ers — the mak­ers of Begum Jaan have all the rea­sons to be proud of their film. Vidya plays a brothel owner in Sri­jit Mukherji’s Hindi adap­ta­tion of Ra­jkahini (2015), the story of which is set against the back­drop of par­ti­tion in 1947. Known for choos­ing fierce roles, Vidya is gar­ner­ing com­pli­ments for her look in the film. The starry cast boasts of names such as Ila Arun, Gaua­har Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Poonam Singh Ra­jput, Flora Saini, Rid­heema Ti­wari, Mishti Chakraborty, Priyanka Se­tia, Ra­jit Kapoor, Ashish Vid­yarthi, Vivek Mushran, Chunky Pan­day, Rav­iza Chauhan, Su­mit Ni­jhawan, Pi­to­bash and Ra­jesh Sharma, along with Naseerud­din Shah in a spe­cial ap­pear­ance in this film that re­leases on April 14. “Hav­ing these pow­er­house per­form­ers is like hav­ing a bal­anced cricket team. There are pow­er­ful open­ers, some who will steadily carry the team through mid­dle overs, some ter­rific fin­ish­ers and some in­cred­i­ble bowlers who would run through hearts,” says Sri­jit. “It’s won­der­ful that none of them has done a sim­i­lar role be­fore. Yet, see­ing them on­screen you re­alise that they fit their char­ac­ters to the T. The women have a back­story and have faced ad­ver­si­ties in life. I wanted ac­tors who could un­der­stand the emo­tions... and that nev­er­say-die at­ti­tude. These girls fit the roles per­fectly,” he adds.

Hav­ing these pow­er­house per­form­ers, who fit their char­ac­ters to the T, is like hav­ing a bal­anced cricket team SRI­JIT MUKHERJI, FILM­MAKER

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