Vidya Balan’s Begum Jaan is riveting. Using Kausar Munir’s dialogues, of which the most hard-hitting ones have been reserved for Vidya, she manages to carve out a unique identity of her own. She plays the feisty Begum Jaan expertly with the ferociousness that such a powerful character needed without letting clichés take over.
As for the rest, Gauhar Khan and Pallavi Sharda each have their time under the spotlight, but the characters are so unidimensional that despite some scenes which are bound to leave us teary-eyed, we can never truly connect to their predicament.
Chunky Pandey as the sinister Kabir is hugely effective too. But the organic flow of the narrative is constantly hampered as the film tries just a little too hard to achieve greatness.
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