'Begum Jaan' is a partition story through the eyes of prostitutes: Vidya Balan
New Delhi, Apr 09 (ANI): Dubbing her upcoming period drama, 'Begum Jaan,' as a unique story, Vidya Balan said that it traces the story of India and Pakistan through the eyes of prostitutes. Talking about the Srijit Mukherji directorial, wherein she's playing the role of a brothel owner in a story of survival set against the backdrop of the country's partition in 1947, the 38-year-old actress told the media here, "This is a very unique story and I feel that I'm very lucky to be a part of this film.""When Srijit was making this film in Bengali, he wanted to work on the Hindi version side by side. In the Bengali flick, Rituparna Sengupta played the lead and in the Hindi one, he wanted me in the role. But since I was unwell at that time, I had to refuse the offer," she added. Talking about its plot, the Kahaani star said, "Whenever we talk about the partition, we always talk about families, businesses and their sufferings, but nobody talks about women, let alone prostitutes, and their problems. But Srijit wrote a story tracing partition through the eyes of prostitutes." "This is a story of women, who are trying to save their property and can go to any extent for that, but the highlight is that the story is set on the backdrop of partition," she asserted. Kohl-rimmed fierce-looking eyes, hair let loose and a devil-may-care attitude, Vidya's look is intense in this Hindi adaptation of the National Award-winner Mukherji's critically acclaimed Bengali outing 'Rajkahini.' The film, featuring Gauhar Khan, Ila Arun, Pallavi Sharda, Naseeruddin Shah and Chunky Pandey, is set to hit the theatres on April 14, 2017.