BOMBAY TIMES (March 7, 2017)

Vidya Balan is back with yet another intriguing tale. As the madam of a brothel, she sports a fearlessly brazen look in the much-awaited Begum Jaan. A woman of conviction and indomitable courage, Begum's motto is to fight for her body, her house, her country and her rules. The film, helmed by National Award-winning director Srijit Mukherji, is a story of survivors who fight against nations to save their home, amid the volatile political scenario during Partition.

Mahesh Bhatt, who's co-producing the movie, says, “The soul-stirring premise of Rajkahini (Bengali film) made me adapt it into Hindi as Begum Jaan. This is one of Vidya's finest performances.“

The high-voltage drama, which has music composed by National Award-winner Anu Malik, comes with the tagline 'When Freedom fought Independence'. It also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Ila Arun, Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Rajit Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vivek Mushran, Chunky Pandey, Poonam Singh Rajput, Ridheema Tiwari, Flora Saini, Priyanka Setia, Mishti Chakraborty, Sumit Nijhawan, Pitobash and Rajesh Sharma.

Begum Jaan, produced by Mukesh Bhatt, Vishesh Bhatt and Play Entertainment, releases on April 14.