Top 10 interesting facts Bombay Begums
Before you think of watching Bombay Begums or are planning for the coming weekend binge, please go through the below reasons to make up your mind
- The struggle for women to survive is real, whether it is corner offices in plush corporate offices, or on the wrong side of the tracks. Bombay Begums may have been named for its marketing point of view because it is a catchy alliteration,
- the six-part series summarizes the fact that its not easy for women by these inter-connected stories of its Mumbai-based ‘begums’:
- if you are a woman, you have to fight for your rights every inch of the way.
Rani (Pooja Bhatt) is the CEO of a bank, guarding her hard-earned turf. Fatima (Shahana Goswami) works in the same bank, and is steadily climbing the ladder. Ayesha (Plabita Borthakur) is a small-town girl in the big city. Shai (Aadhya Anand) is a lonely teenager with parental issues. Lily (Amruta Subhash) is a bar dancer and a single mother.
- different stratas of society and age-groups united by the single fact of gender, and how everything these characters act is discussed by centuries of patriarchy and misogyny.
- ‘Bombay Begums’ creates full-bodied female characters who refuse to be likeable, or to conform. And in the way it shows us just how much women themselves are complicit in maintaining the status-quo, once they reach a certain position:
- a male colleague (Manish Choudhary) at the bank is outed by a new entrant after a sexual assault, and instantly the older women close ranks on the shaken, miserable girl.
- Has she any idea how her complaint will impact her fledgling career? How drunk was she when it happened? Wasn’t it consensual? Think of the man, and his happy family: these accusations will ruin his life.
- This incident opens up old wounds of sexual harassment that a character had to suppress, and difficult truths come tumbling out, so timely in the MeToo period..
- This series is an attempt of pubescent teenagers becoming aware of their bodies, that I will take this too, thank you very much.
- What joy to see women getting their due, speaking up, speaking out. Pooja Bhatt is leading all the way with her part of Rani, the woman who’s got to where she wanted, her scars showing. She is in a relationship with a powerful man (Rahul Bose); her spouse (Danish Hussain) does know that.What happens between partners in these so-called ‘open marriages’? She has gorgeous wardrobe, the sarees she wears, each better than the other.
- Shahana Goswami will make you empathise, effortlessly, with her Fatima, who is not in the happiest of places with her husband (Vivek Gomber), and who comes alive only when she is in the boardroom. Motherhood is not what will fulfil her; a place at the high table will.
- Alankrita Srivastava is a new limit setter with her portrayal of women’s sexuality. The most powerful element in both ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ and ‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamaktey Sitare’ was the recognition of women’s desire, and how its absence can create permanent hollowness.
- the character who is ‘bi’, and who wants freedom to explore fully, in the unhappily unmarried older woman who has a passionate affair and finds a kind of fleeting happiness she’s been missing in her arid marriage, and in the mostly-happily married woman who learns the value of true love.
- Flawed, real, hurting, laughing women who make you stay with them, and root for them.
Bombay Begums cast
Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur, Aadhya Anand, Manish Choudhary, Vivek Gomber, Imaad Shah, Danish Hussain, Rahul Bose, Nauheed Cyrusi
Bombay Begums director: Alankrita Shrivastava