National Award-winning actress Vidya Balan has announced that her forthcoming film Begum Jaan will release on April 14. Produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, the film is helmed by National Award winner Srijit Mukherji. The Bengali director is making his directorial debut in Bollywood with this film. Vidya shared an image on Twitter on Friday, in which she revealed the release date of the film. “14th April it is,” Vidya captioned the image.
The film was earlier slated to release in January, but the makers postponed the release date. Vidya plays the title role of the madam of a brothel in the film, which also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Ila Arun, Ashish Vidyarthi and Chunky Pandey.
Vidya Balan is known for her power-packed and soul-stirring performances but in Srjit Mukherji’s Begum Jaan she says she is venting her anger. The National Award winner acknowledges she has finally begun to express it and become more vocal, contrary to the belief that only men can exhibit their displeasure.
Begum Jaan, a Hindi adaptation of Mukherji’s stellar Bengali offering “Rajkahini”, stars Vidya in the lead, a brothel’s madam in Punjab during India’s partition in 1947. Though actress Rituparna Sengupta essayed the lead role in the Bengali version, Mukherji’s first choice for the adaptation was Vidya.
“I am glad that Srijit decided to come back to me. It is feminine power in full glory. You see the charm, the sensuality, the compassion, but you also see the wrath of an angry woman. I think it is also giving vent to a lot of my angst,” Vidya told IANS during an outdoor shoot of “Begum Jaan” in Patjor village of Jharkhand’s Dumka district.
“As girls, particularly, all of us carry some amount of angst in us. I think we have been brought up to believe that only men can express anger. She becomes undesirable when a woman expresses anger: the notion is that this is not how a good girl behaves. There is a conditioning which we can’t get rid off,” Vidya said.
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