Same storyline, different storyline, good love story, bad love story, good cast, bad cast… and the list goes on. Since nowadays series became trending and people are turning towards it on a massive scale, the judgement tracks clear up. Bombay Begums is one of Netflix’s original that came and taken everyone by storm, but that’s just not it! Let’s find out why…
Cast and Crew – Bombay Begums
Bombay Begums is an Indian series for Netflix made by Alankrita Shrivastava, who also co-composed the content alongside Bornila Chatterjee and Iti Agarwal. The series was directed by Shrivastava and Chatterjee, is created by the Los Angeles-based Chernin Entertainment and Endemol Shine Group. The cast highlights Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash and Plabita Borthakur ahead of the lead jobs, which was voiced by Aadhya Anand. The series denotes the small screen comeback of Pooja Bhatt. It explores the existences of five ladies living in the city of Mumbai. It was released on Netflix on 8 March 2021, and consists of 6 episode for season one.
The battle for ladies to endure is genuine, regardless of whether they involve pined for corner desks in extravagant corporate workplaces, or a lot humbler environs on the worst neighbourhood in town. Bombay Begums may well have been named so in light of the fact that it is an appealing similar sounding word usage, “begums.” However the six-episodes series includes that deep rooted truth as seen through associated accounts of its Mumbai-based women: Being a woman, you need to battle for your privileges every last bit of the way.
The struggles of begums
Rani (Pooja Bhatt) is the CEO of a bank, fervently guarding her well deserved place. Fatima (Shahana Goswami) works in a similar bank, and is consistently ascending the stepping stool. Ayesha (Plabita Borthakur) is a young lady from a small town trying to make life in the huge city. Shai (Aadhya Anand) is a desolate teen with her own issues. Lily (Amruta Subhash) is a bar artist and a single parent. You can see various layers of society and age-bunches joined by the single changeless, unalterable truth of sex, and how everything these characters do is encompassed by hundreds of years of male controlled society and sexism.
There have been many aspiring ladies in the films and TV shows previously, so it isn’t by and large an alone region that ‘Bombay Begums’ depicts. However, where it separates is in its choice to make full-bodied female characters who won’t be agreeable, or to adjust.
When reality hits
What’s more, in the manner it shows us exactly how much women are difficult in keeping up the norm, when they arrive at a specific position: when a predatory male character (Manish Choudhary) at the bank is outed by another colleague after a sexual assault. And in a blink of an eye all of it comes into a reality when it hits those women. They get hopeless. Questions arise, how, why, when, will. All come together. Was it consensual? Does he have a family? Will this destroy him forever?
So much for the Me Too movement… nope
The storyline end with questions from the subconscious, what did it depict? And how it is flawed. Audiences divided after the end and somehow the two sides were strongly opposing each other. While these women getting a reality check, something was deeply disturbing. Rani (Pooja Bhatt) who owns her a company and is married to (Danish Hussain), is having a full-fledged sexual and romantic affair with a powerful tycoon (Rahul Bose). Being in an open marriage and then creating a whole movement alongside such as ‘me too’ is not too convincing for many viewers. Casual cheating and casual sex was oozing out. And it was weird. Not just this, the drug abuse was evidently bizarre!
Bombay Begums controversy
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights recently asked Netflix to stop streaming Bombay Begums. Citing inappropriate portrayal of teenagers, the child rights body directed the streaming service provider to take down the show and submit a detailed action report within 24 hours. Failing this, as per the Commission’s notice, it will be “constrained” to initiate appropriate legal action against the American streaming service.
From a creator who made ‘Lipstick Under My Burqa,’ this seemed like an obvious. But, over-glorifying of many negative elements will definitely not make any series a massive success.
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