Begum Jaan - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Asks pertinent questions subtly, but everything about it seems like it is for “effect”. None of it germane to a story.

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32 reviewers have given Begum Jaan an average rating of 1.6/5.0 (?)

4 yays
16 nays
12 so-so

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So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...the key bold sequences and dialogues at times leave you stunned unexpected from the faces on screen. But they together do not generate any collective effect you can take back home, becoming the biggest shortcoming of the film unable to convey its well-intentioned important social message... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The seasoned actors -- Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajit Kapur and Rajesh Sharma -- are dependable. Ila Arun deserved a meatier part. Sumit Nijhawan is alright.... full review

Thumbs down by Sreeju Sudhakaran , Bollywood Life ... Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Vivek Mushran and Chunky Pandey (what an evil makeover!) stand out... full review

Thumbs up by Shikha Singh, BookmyShow ...The film is a remake of the much acclaimed Bengali film Rajkahini, and it has been adapted well to serve the Hindi film audience. ... full review

So-So by ROHIT BHATNAGAR, Deccan Chronicle ...Vidya Balan, in an attempt to earn the next National award, overplayed in few scenes but obviously, she knows how to cheat and turn an average scene into gold... full review

Thumbs down by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ... go watch The Dirty Picture , Vidya Balan made a far better stand for “bad” women in that one.... full review

So-So by Dev Raj Gulati, Desi Martini ...the partition back drop is incidental and could have been omitted ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita V Kumar, Desi Martini ...extremely powerful screenplay with dialogues that strike at your heart and for some very powerful acting not just by Vidya Balan but each and every person in the ensemble... full review

So-So by Yogesh Pawar, DNA ...Blessed with an equally large cast and a budget which is over 4,800% higher, one expected a classic that would mark the new 24-karat standard on films on this subject, but it lets you down.... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Had his film's technical departments lived up to the level of his vision, Begum Jaan would’ve been a resounding story of women empowerment. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, FirstPost ...everything about Begum Jaan’s brothel, from its location to its occupants and customers, is intended as a metaphor for a happily multi-cultural India being torn apart against her will... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The brutality of it is sure to leave you disenchanted... full review

So-So by Indranil Majumdar, fullhyd.com ...Begum Jaan is Mukherji's way of paying tribute to the path-breaking works of Ismat Chughtai and Saadat Hasan Manto. The film also draws heavily from Shyam Benegal's Mandi in aspects of plot and attire. What it misses though is the dexterity that accompanies the novelty in thought in the others.... full review

Thumbs down by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Over blown, deliberately hysterical and forcefully sensational... full review

So-So by Manujsha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...While the first half is an extended version of the trailer and is laborious, the second half picks up pace considerably... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Vidya Balan adds her persona and charm to Begum Jaan and dominates the screen from the word go... full review

So-So Indicine ... it’s execution may not be upto scratch but it says a lot of pertinent things about the subcontinent and its people... full review

Thumbs down by Anish Mohanty, Kia Gia ...Despite the core idea being promising, he fails to conjure it all up in a film that would is not even remotely interesting.... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Coming to characters, there’s not much detailing that we learn about the rest of the girls because, majority of the time is spent in scenes where they bond and little is known about their background. ... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Balan initially plays Begum Jaan as a steely manipulator but, as the film progresses, she’s made to hyperventilate and flail about like a less capable actor.... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ... The sub-text is rather important, if not even more relevant. Which is quite simply that when the world chooses to divide itself in hoards—Left, Right; India, Pakistan; Hindu, Muslim—what happens to the muted, neutral, centrist?... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ... there is something insincere about her throaty growl and menacing scowl that rankles, especially when we have seen Balan at her best in a film like Kahaani... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ... Ironically, in this house of sex workers, most of the moaning and screaming doesn't happen behind closed doors but in the courtyard where the occupants often indulge in empty banter.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, NDTV ... when actors like Balan and Naseeruddin Shah are elevating the material and making the words sound intriguing or sinister, the background score plays spoilsport and frantic shehnaai is thrown in... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, News18.com ...It doesn’t help that the narrative is routinely sidetracked by examples of Razia Sultan, the Rani of Jhansi, and Rani Padmavati of Mewar... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...Please don't miss the moralising, the speech-ification: 'Chaati kya hai? Maans hai' (What are breasts, but meat) and so on by Gauhar Khan is unbearable rather than 'acting' with a chance of an award. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sreehari Nair, Rediff ...makes a lot of noise, cuts a lot of throats, but sucks up to kiddie-ideas of history and revolution... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in ...Mukerji is unable to suggest a working or professional relationship between these women who live under the same roof, which makes their latter-reel solidarity unconvincing. ... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Much of the crudity in dialogue and scenes seems deliberately aimed at sensationalising, eliciting wolf-whistles from the male audience rather than being sensitive to women.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...The Holi number is peppy with striking visuals. Otherwise having the 11 women in one frame becomes nothing but a screech-fest... full review

Thumbs down by Spotboye, yahoo! India ...this buffet of hysteria, hyper-exaggeration and brain-fry, is quite frankly indigestible... full review

Thumbs down by IANS, ZEENEWS.COM ...The background score by Anu Malik elevates the viewing experience... full review