The Srijit Mukherji-directed film released on Good Friday, which was a holiday and was expected to benefit from the extended weekend. 'Begum Jaan' is an adaptation of the original Bengali film 'Rajkahini', which had Rituparna Sengupta in the lead role.
Starring Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Chunky Pandey, Naseeruddin Shah and many others, 'Begum Jaan' rides high on its powerful dialogues penned by Kausar Munir and Rahat Indori.
'Begum Jaan' revolves around the madam of a brothel, played by Vidya Balan. The story traces how she and her girls refuse to give up their house for the border which is supposed to pass through it during the India-Pakistan partition.