'Begum Jaan', 'Chandni Bar', 'Chameli': When women became 'heroes'

Gone are the days when the central characters of Bollywood films were heroes. As Vidya Balan's 'Begum Jaan' hits the screens, we look at films where women took the centrestage

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'Begum Jaan': This film is the Hindi adaptation of National Award-winner Srijit Mukherji's Bengali film 'Rajkahini'. Vidya Balan had initially rejected the film when Srijit narrated her the idea two years ago. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of the 1947 partition, Vidya plays the madam of a brothel whose house falls on the border of India and Pakistan

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    'Begum Jaan': This film is the Hindi adaptation of National Award-winner Srijit Mukherji's Bengali film 'Rajkahini'. Vidya Balan had initially rejected the film when Srijit narrated her the idea two years ago. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of the 1947 partition, Vidya plays the madam of a brothel whose house falls on the border of India and Pakistan

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