NH Studioz, an initiative of Narendra Hirawat and Co announced acquiring the theatrical distribution rights for Vidya Balan’s upcoming movie Begum Jaan. Begum Jaan is scheduled for release on 14th April and is an action-drama directed by Sriijt Mukherji where Vidya Balan plays the role of a brothel’s madam in the late independence period of 1947. The movie is an adaptation of critically acclaimed Bengali movie Rajkahini (Tale of the kings) which was also directed by Srijit Mukherji and released in June 2015.
The original movie Rajkahani is set in the grim history of partition around a border between the two nations that runs through a brothel housing eleven women. The movie follows the erection of the Radcliff line as the boundary between the newly formed nations of India and Pakistan. The brothel run by Begum Jaan is situated right between the districts of Debiganj and Haldibari with the former being placed in East Pakistan and the latter remaining a part of India. The partition line runs right through the middle of Begum Jaan’s brothel. Eventually, Begum Jaan is asked to evacuate the place with her women but she refuses. What follows is the dark political situation of the era and the innumerable attempts made to evict Begum Jaan from the brothel. The women of the brothel put up a brave fight against the system to save their home which means the world to them.
Hirawat found the storyline very appealing and with Vidya Balan playing the role of the madam, he is certain that this film will be among the hit films to release in 2017.
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