‘Begum Jaan’ review: No Freedom at Midnight


“You have one month to empty this kotha (brothel)!” says Ilias (Rajit Kapoor). Something told me that the repartee by Begum Jaan (Vidya Balan) would invoke dates and menses, and there it was. It wasn’t even particularly powerful, and it is this predictability that haunts director Srijit Mukherji’s eponymous Begum Jaan (Mrs. Jaan). Written by … Continue reading ‘Begum Jaan’ review: No Freedom at Midnight

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‘Kahaani 2’ (p)review: A wowdunit?


In Kahaani, director Sujoy Ghosh turned the concept of the hunter and the hunted upside down, a la the much maligned but very entertaining Taking Lives – the final twist in the Angelina Jolie thriller very cleverly adapted to the noise and chaos of Durga Puja in Kolkatta. With the trailer of Kahaani 2 out, … Continue reading ‘Kahaani 2’ (p)review: A wowdunit?