11 Best Written Characters Of 2017 Which Are Going To Stay With Us

11 Best Written Characters Of 2017 Which Are Going To Stay With Us

Saurabh Bharat
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2017 is over with too much of disappointment from the film industry. Still few out of the box films made a mark on box office and in our hearts too. Among these movies we found many amazing characters who made us laugh, cry and inspired too. We relate to them as they belong to us. Let’s just go through few special characters from Bollywood we saw on screen this year.

1. Jagga & Tooti Footi – (Ranbir Kapoor & Saswata Chatterjee – Jagga Jasoos)  – He may have resemblance with Tintin but the no one can deny that this Indian Version of Tintin played by Ranbir Kapoor is not any less adorable and lovable than the original. After creating Barfi, Ranbir and Anurag Basu had this huge expectation of creating something far more lovable. With Jagga they might have failed at the box office but they are pretty successful in creating a character who is in search of his foster father played by Saswata Chatterjee. With speech disorder and singing all along while solving the teeth clenching mysterious, Jagga and Tooti Footi were one of the most adorable couples on the screen this year. Best Moment was when Tooti Footi teaches Jagga about the Right and the left side of the brain. 

 

2. Sulu / Sulochna : (Vidya Balan – Tumharai Sulu) – “Main kar sakti hai” –  When Vidya Balan who was playing, “A Happy Enthusiastic housewife Sulu” says this on screen, we all feel like doing things which we always wanted to do from so long but never got that amount of bravery and courage to pursue that. Definitely, this one character that writer and director Suresh Triveni built for Vidya Balan and the honesty that Vidya delivers on the screen uplifts the half-baked screenplay wonderfully. Whether the movie stays with you for long or not, this saree clad late-night Radio Jockey Sulu is definitely going to stay with us for a longer time. Best Moment – When Sulu don’t give a damn about the race but wants the lemon not to fall from the spoon in the lemon race. She doesn’t mind coming second but she wants to do it right!

 

3. Bua Ji ( Ratna Pathak Shah – Lipstick Under My Burkha ) – Though it was the year of strong female characters and this out of the box film itself have 3 other distinct female characters, Bua ji played by Ratna Pathak Shah just stands out of the league. She is not a rebel neither she is revolutionary, what makes you feel what she feels is the simplicity of her desires. Writer-Director Alankrita Shrivastava can’t deny that might be Bua ji was the best part of the whole film. What makes this character one of the most unforgettable characters? Well now you will start looking at Bua Ji’s around you and you will be more sensitive towards their loneliness.

 

4. Newton & Aatma Singh – (Raj Kumar Rao & Pankaj Tripathi – Newton) – Nutan Kumar picks the gun of Aatma Singh and waits for last few seconds of the voting hour to finish. In those few seconds, You are also standing there and deciding in your brains, where are these two characters flawed and where are they not? Well to me, Newton was not just the story of Newton but about these two characters which were played so honestly that it reflects on the screen. No doubt when you leave the theater, the song – “Chal Tu Apna Ka Kar” keeps going in the loop in your head but that’s because of the writing by Amit V Marsurkar and Mayank Tewari which justifies the two side of the coin just like that only. 

 

5. Preetam Vidrohi (Raj Kumar Rao – Bareily Ki  Barfi ) – This Year can easily be tagged as “The Year of Raj Kumar Rao”. But the success of this brilliant actor relies on the roles written for him or the roles he chose. This was definitely a year for writers, if not so- Why would producers but writers name (Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain) at the very start of the trailer. Believe me, this is a rare thing and happy to know that the makers realized the power of writing here.  Though this cannot take away the marvelous almost split personality performance by Rajkumar Rao who single-handedly stole the whole show in the second half of the movie. Pritam Vidrohiis amazing but still somewhere not justified between Bitti and Chirag’s love story. Can we have a spin-off of Preetam?

 

6. Shyam Prakash (Deepak Dobriyal – Hindi Medium) – Saket Chaudhary’s Hindi Medium was definitely one of the most surprisingly entertaining and successful films of the year. Where you love Irfan Khan and Saba’s chemistry one thing that just can’t leave you for a long time was Shyam Prakash’s character. A simple struggling common man with dreams and aspirations who just jumps in front of an expensive car to get some money for his friend – This guy steals your heart and then breaks it too. What Mr. Irrfan Khan has achieved after so much of struggle in the industry, Deepak Dobriyal deserves no less than that.

 

7. Anarkali ( Swara Bhaskar – Anarkali Of Aarah )  –  A year ago only we saw a brilliant film about consent – PINK and this year it was Anarkali of Aarah but this one stands out more for the character and the performance of Swara Bhaskar as Anarkali. She just disappeared in those flashy attires and transformed into Anarkali who is okay to sing double songs and even sleep around with other men but only when she likes it. Her voice is crystal clear when it comes to her consent. Swara as Anarkali is definitely one of the most powerful performances of the year.

 

8. Najma (Meher Vij – Secret Superstar) – We have so many outrageously brave women on the screen so far but that’s not a reality. There is still a big number of females who find it difficult to find their voice in the environment they are living. Still, they never let their ambitions and dreams to go in the vain. Najma of Secret Superstar represents this majority of the females in our society beautifully.  Finding the right balance between many a thing they are juggling with Meher Vij portrayal of this mother who is torn between the husband and the daughter is definitely one of the most relatable characters for the majority of the audience and that’s what I think transformed into the unexpected success of this movie.

 

9. Praful Patel ( Kangana Ranaut – Simran) – Though there was a huge fight for the credits of the screenplay of this film between Apurva Asrani and Kangana Ranaut before the film, I am more interested in knowing who has actually shaped the character of Praful Patel. How much it was written by Apurva and how much was improvised by Kangana? Because that’s the best part of the movie. Praful is unapologetic about herself. Her definition of success is not defined by society but by the achievement of the things she wants to achieve. Yet she is fun even in her darkest times. Creating such character is not easy because as an audience one may tend to dislike her or stay apathetic towards her but no! You like Praful and you want her to be successful. Though you also want her to stop doing silly things at the same time, you never stop rooting for her. That’s where Simran was a successful film for me.

10. Justice Surendra Lal Tripathi ( Jolly LLB 2) –  We have seen Justice Tripathi in Jolly LLB  earlier and we loved him. Writer-Director Subhash Kapoor knows this fact and hence in this installment even though it has superstar Akshay Kumar playing Jolly, he gave an ample space to Justice Tripathi’s character flourish. From Showing the typical human side of Tripathi to be the stubborn voice of reason Justice Tripathi, in my opinion, going to be one of the most echoed characters of the decade and the reason doesn’t rely completely upon the writing. It’s Sourabh Shukla’s class act which takes this character to another height. Best Moment – When Justice Tripathi sits on an Anshan in his own courtroom. 

 

11. Shutu (Vikrant Massey/ A Death at the Gunj) – Last but definitely not the least! Shutu is that one sensitive guy who is always there around us but always effortlessly and unconsciously able to disappear in the rude and cruel insensitive world. Vikrant Massey brings out the nuances and insecurities of Shutu so palpable that without even saying many dialogues you feel what he is feeling. No doubt the writer Konkana Sen Sharma picked up this unusual tale of Shutu to debut as Director and then chose Vikrant as the lead among the sea of fabulous actors as an ensemble.

 

Let us know which one stayed with you. Have we missed any other character?

 

Biographies That Should Have Been Made In Bollywood

Biographies That Should Have Been Made In Bollywood

Shivangi Shrivastava

Shivangi Shrivastava

Bhopali studying in Bangalore. Crazy at heart! Guest Blogger at Scriptors.
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We all know that our Film Industry is struggling with the lack of original ideas and concepts. Even India’s official entry for the Academy Awards – Oscars for this year – Newton is facing charges of plagiarism as it has a lot of similarities with Iranian Film – The secret Ballot. In the industry where writers are at the lowest of the food chain of filmmaking, it is very difficult to find original stories but India is a country of more than a billion and if we just try to pick real stories like – “Neerja” and “Dangal” there will be enough original content to conquer the invasion of International Entertainment.

So let’s find out what we can do –

1. APJ ABDUL KALAM- The story of a Newspaper boy from Rameshwaram to the President of India is definitely is a story that needs to be told. A man, his determination, his passion and his simplicity is something that inspired and transcends to every Indian and even to the people outside India. This is one story we would love to see coming alive on the screen.  former-president-apj-abdul-kalam-5-pti21





2. SATYENDRA NATH BOSE – was an Indian physicist from Bengal specializing in theoretical physics. He is best known for his work on quantum mechanics in the early 1920s, providing the foundation for Bose-Einstein statistics and the theory of the Bose-Einstein condensate. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 1954 by the Government of India.The class of particles that obey Bose-Einstein statistics, bosons, was named after Bose by Paul Dirac. Can we expect “A beautiful mind” sort of science drama here?physics-t-shirt_feature-image-635x800

3. MAJOR DHYANCHAND – Though Shetty Sisters (Aarti & Pooja ) have acquired the rights of making the movie on this sports legend of India Major Dhyan Chand long time ago, the development of the film seems dicey and looks like it’s still a dream to see some one playing this great sports person on screen. We all know that National Sports Day is celebrated on the birthday of this forgotten hero of our country who face to face clash with Adolf Hitler was one of the most dramatic incidents of his story. We all are waiting for this story to be told soon. 600999-dhyanchand700





4. RAVI SHANKAR- World Class Musician. The face of Indian Classical Music. 2 Marriages, Failed Relationships. Father of famous world-class musicians and their rivalry. From Grammy to Bharat Ratna, Pandit Ravi Shankar’s life story is definitely a story of a true artist. But can we get the rights from his daughters?The late sitarist, composer and musical ambassador Ravi Shankar, who died Tuesday at age 92.

5. ISMAT CHUGTAI- Ismat Chugtai popularly known as Ismat Aapa was a fierce Urdu writer who was not afraid to talk about female sexuality at the repressed times. Surrounded by the controversies of her writings, Ismat Aapa was never apologetic about her work. We all know the famous case of “Lihaaf” and the proceedings of it. This liberal Muslim woman was a voice that definitely needs to tell again on the screen. ismat-large

6. GURU DUTT- We all say that screen is inspired by the real life, but in case of Guru Dutt, his life imitates his own film “Kagaz Ke Phool” and “Pyaasa”. The legendary filmmaker had a successful career but failed love life and he finally ends up his own life. What leads to that? Why he also said –“Yeh Duniya Agar Mil bhi Jaye toh kya hai?” Aren’t we all still curious about him?gurudutt





  1. 7. SANJIV KUMAR – Very fewer people know this fact that this brilliant actor was in love with Hema Malini and even proposed her but after a period of time Hema has chosen Dharmendra over him and he lived rest of his life unmarried. Though he played a lot of old aged characters on screen he himself died young. This one-sided love story of a great actor is definitely something to look for. sanjeev-kapoor





8. CHAVI RAJAWAT – You may not be heard of her but her story is no less. After doing MBA Chavi left her job and came back to her roots, her village Soda in Rajasthan and fought the election to become the youngest sarpanch ever without getting affiliated to any political party.  The development work that she has done on the grass root level is really inspirational. Can we see this as a “Swades 2” but this time with a female lead? 

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9. RANI KARNAVATI – Again a story very few people know. This brave queen of Gharwal region fiercely protects her kingdom from the invasion of Mughals. It was pretty famous that she used to cut the nose of anyone who used to intrude. Her folklore is pretty famous in Uttrakhand. Sanjay Leela Bhansali / Kangana Ranaut – Are you guys thinking for a collaboration? This might be the best. nak-kati-rani

10. KISHORE KUMAR – A singer, A comedian, an accidental Actor, a flamboyant personality, romantic and extremely moody, quirky and talented. Kishore Kumar was a true artist but an amazing human being. Her relationships and friendships were always talks of the tinsel town. Last we heard that Anurag Basu wants to make this biopic with Ranbir Kapoor. We just hope that Jagga won’t disturbs this collaboration. kishore-kumar-eccentric





Its everything from ‘Mirzya’ to ‘Magadheera’

Its everything from ‘Mirzya’ to ‘Magadheera’

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Raabta is the upcoming movie which features Sushant Singh Rajput , Kriti Sanon and Jim Sarbh (Who has won majority of last year debutante awards for ‘Neerja’). The trailer of this movie dropped in a couple of days back and did leave me speechless. I was quite confused…and the reason was ‘EVERYTHING WAS CONNECTED’…

Trailer starts with like a regular cheesy boy meets modern girl masala flick and I was about to skip it then all of a sudden I started getting visuals from ‘Game of thrones’ with glimpses of ‘Mirzya’.Suddenly I felt that I had reached some kind of a fan made trailer who had very well mixed up various movies.

Mirzya Again….

First thing that came to my mind were the Mirzya hairstyles (Which are very smart BTW) and the costumes are so much like Mirzya.The trailer and its action choreography so much resembled Mirzya’s trailer that I was quite stunned for a moment, Not to blame but Mirzya was a stunning looking film apart from being a boring one…

Mirzya to Magadheera

Mirzya to Magadheera

Magadheera…

Well for those who have not watched Magadheera, it is an extravagant Tamil movie revolving showcasing a reincarnation story  which also has a lovestory as a central plot. Raabta seems to a love story cum reincarnation story just like Magadheera. Lovestory in the center stage of-course is because  lovestory is what Indian audience cannot live without, it has to be there… ‘Janam Janam ka Pyaar’ after all…!

Here is the trailer of Magadheera ( 😀 Please do not laugh, this was a superhit movie in South India, The Hindi dub is atrocious )

Whats good about the trailer

Raabta

This is one thing I like about this trailer, the unforgettable love balled ‘Raabta’ from the forgettable action flick ‘Agent Vinod’ has lent this movie its theme song and also the movie’s name. ‘Raabta’ is an urdu word which means ‘Connection’, the word which probably is trying to tell that this is a story that was connected through births.

Jim Sarbh

Jim Sarbh looks astonishing in the trailer and looks so convincing in the trailer that probably he is the only element in the trailer that might convince me to go and watch the movie Raabta. He is intense and takes over Sushant in terms of act that he puts forward. He is indeed a talent to watch out for.

USKI PYAARI ‘BINDU’

USKI PYAARI ‘BINDU’

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On the launch of this trailer at Yashraj Studios, today we interacted with Bindu  (Parineeti, Who was looking really hot in yellow) and Abhimanyu (Ayushman, who was sporting a morepankhi dhoti and shimmering gaudy shoes and a Bengali Kurta and was looking really dashing) and director of the movie, Akshay Roy (Probably one of the most soft spoken and down to earth directors that I have met in recent past), More on this later…now we will talk about the innovative promotion of the movie, Meri Pyaari Bindu.

Meri Pyaari Bindu ! What is it all about…

Ayushman says that this movie is story of a writer, Abhimanyu Roy and his nostalgia about his soulmate and only love of his life, Bindu. (Nostalgia just like that of Phantom cigarettes and fatafat candy, Kismi toffee bar and keema samosas)

Akshay adds that this is not a love-story essentially. Its about the emotions between soulmates.

Theatrical trailer of ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’, is broken up into 5 parts, first of which released today. Its one of its kind promotion for a movie. Why?

Its journey of Abhimanyu and Bindu with a span of 35 years as shown in the film, 1983 when he first saw Bindu from ‘Khidki’ of of his ‘Baadi’, in Kolkata, to present times, when Bindu is no where around and he is writing his story…in chapters…!

CHAPTER 1 :SAMOSA AND CHUTNEY

First part of the trailer is called ‘Samosa and Chutney’…and in the background is the haunting tune from the movie Howrah Bridge, Aiye Meherbaan…

This first part is sweet and cheesy, which has a trademark Yashraj feelgood factor, with a special Maneesh Sharma, tadka added to it… It will remind you of ‘Dum laga ke haisha’. (Probably because the element of old bollywood musical charm attached to both of them)

So far so good…

We have watched all the five chapters of the trailer, We wont give out any spoilers of part 2 which will release tomorrow…we will come back tomorrow with more on Meri Pyaari Bindu and will talk about another Nostalgic Memory about Bindu from Abhimanyu’s memory lane.

TINY BUT NOT AT ALL TERRIBLE

TINY BUT NOT AT ALL TERRIBLE

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A few years back, short films were classified as a passing fad. Either they were made by film making students as their assignments, which were mostly shabby and clumsy, or they were made keeping in mind the festival circuits and were made specially to cater to certain film festivals to garner applause to the film makers who did not have enough money to make an entire film. If given a chance to make a feature film, who would have wanted to make a short film. To keep it concise we can say that the market for short films was ‘Short’ of viewers. With telecom companies launching cheaper data plans and popularity of broadband, these films in last few years have found a market. Short films found viewers and then found people who were keen to make some good short films, that weren’t made for awards or grades in college, but to tell a story for the new chunk of web audience or shall we call them the ‘You tube’ audience in India. Some of these films were bold, some were beautiful and some were moving. Today we are going to talk about a channel on Youtube that has finished two years and ‘Fool’s day’, they released their 18th film, ‘Khujli’ starring Jaggu dada and Neena Gupta. This channel is called Terribly Tiny Talkies…and we today pick our Seven most favorite films out of the ones that premiered on this channel, which has some of the best ‘Slice of Life’ stories to tell.

ARRE BABA – WHEN A FATHER IS ALSO THE ‘MOTHER’
(Surya Balakrishnan’s ‘Arre Baba’ stars Girish Kulkarni and Gauri Deshpande)






Released on Mother’s day, This a Marathi short film about 5 and half minute in length. How much can you tell in that small a duration. Can you talk about life of two people in 5 minutes. This short and sweet story starts with a father picking up his daughter from school. The man has lost his wife and thus daughter has lost her mother. Can father be maternal, does he have empathy to understand the mood swings of his ailing daughter who is entering her teens. This is the story of a father who chooses to be both a father and a mother to his daughter. Is he able to do so…

This film has subtitles so, even if you do not know Marathi, you will not have an issue understanding it.Watch the movie, Show it your Mom and dad, and thank them for being there for you while you were growing up.

MAMTA TONIC – HEART RIPPING STORY OF A MOTHER

Srinivas Sunderrajan’s ‘Mamta Tonic’ stars Suhita Thatte, Shabnam Vadhera, Kiran Thapar and Atika Chohan.






A mother takes up a life of Hardships from the time she conceives us.  She lives rest of her life to see us thrive, protect us. She does whatever it takes to nurture us and give us a life. This is one story that you have to watch for its sheer brilliance of story telling. This is story of a sales woman who sells a tonic, door to door to support herself. This is one of those films that will leave you in tears. Watch this one as if I say anything else, I would be giving out spoilers which I don,t want to. Be ready to be surprised.

CUDDLY  : HEAVEN IS IN LAP OF THE MOTHER

Karan Shetty’s ‘Cuddly’ stars Neena Kulkarni and Shruti Vyas.

However advance the technology gets, however rich you get, there is no place where you can find peace other than in the lap of your mother. You agree, dont you?

DRY DAY – MAKE AN EFFORT, BRIDGE THE GAP

Harsh Dedhia’s ‘Dry Day’ strives to blur the thin line that separates two men, across generations.

Story of a father who is now at a distance from his son growing up and away from him in the same house. While the father seeks reasons to come close to his son, the son notices struggle of his estranged father and finds a reason to fill the trench of generation gap and make an effort to become friends with him. Simple sweet story that we all will relate to. Must watch.

THE LAST DAY – FRIENDS ARE SOULMATES

Watch The Last Day, by Adhiraj Bose, Starring Namit Das and Tahir Bhasin






How does it feel to say good bye to some one who has lived with you more than your longest relationship. This is story of two friends who have become soulmates. This film has layers of relationships that run under the last conversation of two friends about to part. Their relationship is more pure and serene than love itself, after all this is one relationship that God allows us to choose, and if we make the right choice we become soulmates with our friends. You can call it whatever you want, name it whatever you feel like.

BUNNY : THIS ONE IS A KILLER

Watch Bunny, by Vasan Bala.






Lovers, A girl and a guy pop sleeping pills around a bonfire. You won’t believe what happens next. This one is a love-story, a thriller and drama, all in one. I cannot disclose anything else or I shall give out spoilers.  So…watch it.

KHUJLI – POST 50, THE SHADES OF LOVE

Written and Directed by Sonam Nair and features Jackie Shroff, Neena Gupta, Rani Patwar, Archak Chhabra






What happens when Girdharilal and Roopmati decide to scratch a 25-year-old itch? Secret desires come out, hidden fantasies are revealed, long-lost fire is rekindled, and things can’t help but get a little…kinky.

‘Rajkahini’ of Begum Jaan- A Trailer Review

‘Rajkahini’ of Begum Jaan- A Trailer Review

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Begum Jaan is official remake of ‘Rajkahini’, a Bangla film also by the director Srijit Mukherji. 

I have watched the original Bangla movie, in which the role of Begum Jaan was essayed by Rituporno Sengupta to excellence. Its hard to dissect ‘Begum Jaan’ trailer without being biased so I will divide this article into two parts. In first part I will talk about the Begum Jaan Trailer only (forgetting the fact in back of my mind that I have seen this film before). In the second part I shall compare both trailers and talk about both the films.

Official Poster of Begum Jaan

Official Poster of Begum Jaan

Begum Jaan – A Trailer Review

I know Vishesh films for making fast paced, edgy modern day dramas with contemporary music and urban themes. Begum Jaan, the latest offering from the house of Vishesh Films is quite different from the last few Vishesh Films outings that I have witnessed. The trailer has made quite a ripple in the industry and has caught the eyes of many, the reason primarily being Vidya Balan in a period drama which carries a very unusual theme and plot.

Said to be inspired from the real events, this movie trailer does carry a lot of elements that make it amazing. Lets list a few-

Plot : The trailer gives you a vague idea of the plot, which is set in 1947 while India was getting partitioned, the line drawn with ink on maps is to be drawn with human blood between the lands of India and Pakistan. On the border is the brothel of ‘Begum Jaan’, who refused to leave her home and fought for herself and her girls. Plot is convincing and well essayed through the trailer.

Vidya Balan in and as Begum Jaan

Vidya Balan in and as Begum Jaan

Vidya Balan : First and foremost reason to like this trailer other than its coherent plot is Vidya Balan, who will return to screen after, ‘Kahaani 2’. Indeed its the role that she fits into, just as hand in glove. Vidya delivers her looks and her acting and makes a very believable image of ‘Madamme’ of a brothel.

A shot from the movie

A shot from the movie

Ensemble Starcast :This trailer also features ‘Pallavi Sharda’ (The actress from forgettable flick, Besharam) and Gauhar Khan, who looks very promising in the trailer, inspite that she hardly gets a few shots here and there. Other starcasts like Rajat Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi also look their parts.

Memories of Mandi : Trailer tells a story, and in a very impactfull manner. It does make me recall of ‘Mandi’ which also carried a similar plot line, but in case of ‘Begum Jaan’, we can definitely say that this film will offer us much more in terms of drama than Mandi. ‘Dungrus’ of Mandi and Raja here Naseer Ud Din Shah, seems to make his lasting impression in just one dialogue that he gets in the trailer. Vidya also resembles what Shabana Azmi looked like in Mandi (Hookah smoking, plump woman who owns a brothel and her girls)

Fiery Dialogues : There is a thin line between being being Raunchy and becoming cheap, Begum Jaan escapes from being cheap though dialogues are a bit loud, fiery though. One of my friends whom I was discussing the trailer with called the trailer ‘Raunchy’. Indeed it is, why not ? This is story of women selling their bodies. This is story of these bold women, its bound to be raunchy. (My favorite one was, ‘Begum Jaan ke kothe ke baahar, har aadmi ek murga hota hai, teen taangon wala murga’) wink 😉

Voice Over by Amitabh Bacchan : Another reason why I liked the trailer was the voiceover by Amitabh Bachhan. His voice always adds weight, may it be a Lagaan trailer or this one.

Well Shot and Good Artwork : This trailer is well shot, and gives an insight into great art direction of the movie.

Many will not patronize the trailer, because of the cuss-words used in the trailer. I can surely say one thing, you like it or hate it, this is one trailer that you can not ignore. All in all, for those who have not watched Rajkahini, its possible that they will like the trailer of Begum Jaan, better than any other Hindi Film trailer seen in past few months. 

RAJKAHINI TRAILER V/S BEGUM JAAN TRAILER

Rajkahini - The movie that inspired Begum Jaan

Rajkahini – The movie that inspired Begum Jaan

Srijit Mukherji has made this movie in Bangla before, it was well appreciated due to its amazing performances by a starcast that lived their roles with utmost sincerity. Many shots look similar in both trailers, Since Begum Jaan is an official remake of Rajkahini, I do not count that as copying from a movie. They were meant to look similar, as both director and story are the same.

I did like the trailer of ‘Begum Jaan‘ but Do I like Begum Jaan trailer as much as ‘Rajkahini’ ?

The answer is ‘No’. Before I give my reasons for saying that, This is my personal opinion, you can have one of your own, lets have a quick watch of the Rajkahini trailer, starring Rituporno Sengupta as Begum Jaan.

Why I like ‘Rajkahini’ trailer better?

Look and Feel and the depiction of pain of Partition: I like Rajkahini trailer because of its severity. It seems more realistic and gives you a better feel of the era in which the story is set. The pain of partition and hardships of common folks at the time of the partition sets the mood of the trailer which leads to Begum Jaan’s revolt in the trailer.

Setting the tone of the story is very important, that Rajkahini trailer does successfully

Setting the tone of the story is very important, that Rajkahini trailer does successfully

The acts : Performances are a notch better as compared to the Begum Jaan trailer, that’s not to say that Begum Jaan is bad in terms of performances. Its not just as good as RajKahini.

A still from Rajkahini

A still from Rajkahini

Bharato Bhagya Bidhata : Rabindra Nath Tagore’s , lyrics along with Rabindra Sangeet make an appearance in the trailer, not as a filler piece of background score but more like a character of the story, which is missing in the Begum Jaan’s trailer.

Framing and Shot-taking is exceptional

Framing and Shot-taking is exceptional

Art Direction and Cinematography : Its exceptional, inspite that budgets of Rajkahini were not as elaborate as Begum Jaan. Some shots are exceptionally framed.

That one shot that I wanted to see in the Begum Jaan trailer : One shot I definitely miss from Rajkahini trailer which is not in Begum Jaan trailer, the shot of a young boy at Sunset (which signifies partition) peeing on the barbed wire fence that divides India and Pakistan.

It was a perfect end to the Rajkahini trailer, both ironic and iconic

It was a perfect end to the Rajkahini trailer, both ironic and iconic