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Bollywood actress Vidya Balan who plays a madam of a brothel in Begum Jaan, the Hindi adaptation of Srijit Mukherji’s Bengali film, Rajkahini, started the second schedule in Delhi from Sunday.
The 38-year-old actress also took up horse riding lessons for a sequence. “I offered her to use a body double but she insisted on riding herself and has done a fabulous job with it,” says the filmmaker who will be shooting with the actress for another week.
Begum Jaan delves into the lives of 11 women living in a brothel that finds itself divided by the newly-chalked LOC, with half of the house in India and the other half in Pakistan after the Partition.
Vidya Balan is a versatile actress who has established a career in Bollywood and is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards, and five Screen Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. She is known for portraying strong female protagonists and has been acknowledged in the media for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine. – CINEWS