BOMBAY BEGUMS : In Your Face Feminism

When will Alankrita Shrivastava learn that courageous storytelling is not equivalent to delivering a clutter load of ‘messaging’ in your face with the subtlety of a sledgehammer? Film after film after film (now series), she attempts to create interesting full bodied characters, but time and again they get lost in their own jungle because they have been artificially placed in ‘intentionally’ chaotic, dark, unrelatable worlds just to voice issues, just to be the woke faces of feminism, just to forcefully make a (actually not a but too many) point! Where is the filmmaking? Where is the storytelling? Where is the feel of a lived in world? Where are the real emotions?

All the time while watching Bombay Begums, I kept going back to ‘Made in Heaven’ and kept thinking what Zoya Akhtar or Reema Kagti could have done with this theme. If not anything else, for sure I wanted Sahana Goswami’s Fatima and Vivek Gombar’s Arijay to live and grow in a Zoya Akhtar universe. Alas we will never know that magic!

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