We were asked to tone down abuses: Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan made me comfortable’ says her costume designer for 'Begum Jaan Rick Roy

Directed by Srijit Mukherji, Begum Jaan is based on an incident at the time of India and Pakistan partition. Although there is not much skin show, there are a couple of very bold scenes where Rubina's character will make you deeply empathise for prostitutes. Known for taking up bold roles, Vidya is back with yet another hard-hitting story in her upcoming film "Begum Jaan".

Here, the last British ruler, Lord Mountbatten, hands over his faithful sidekick Sir Cyril Radcliffe, the task to divide India into two countries: India and Pakistan with the help of barb wire fencing.

Vidya Balan seems to be tailor-made for the character of Begum Jaan. Readers may be aware that Begum Jaan talks about the courageous fight put by women in a brothel to save their shelter that becomes the target of corrupt, manipulative, selfish and greedy politicians and is set during the 1947 Partition era. One should watch the film for that. What happens next forms the rest of the plot of the film.

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The kings and administrations are hooked into the pleasures of the girls of Begum Jaan's brothel. Will Begum Jaan vacate the brothel or continue staying there and fight for her rights?

And one common way where we see actors venting out their frustration by throwing stones in the water, which, in our opinion, is the WORST kind of venting out mechanism that there is.

The Jharkhand government last week had announced that the film Begum Jaan will become tax-free in the state.

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On the technical front, with good production values, the film is visually distinctive. While he was assured about the same, since then he hasn't heard from them and even his distributors in Pakistan have reportedly been intimated to not import Begum Jaan to Pakistan.

After Vidya, Gauhar Khan (Rubina) has a pretty impactful role in the film. And a round of applause goes to Rick Roy for his eye for detail when it comes to designing the outfits. Now, the actress's fans in Pakistan are disappointed because "Begum Jaan" will no longer release in Pakistan, after a ban has been imposed on the film.

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