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Begum Jaan - Hindi movie in Minneapolis

Video Balan, Chunky Pandey
Srijit Mukherji
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Begum Jaan is an action-drama set during the late Indian Independence period of
1947. When at the behest of Lord Mountbatten, the Radcliffe Commission shoddily
drew the India-Pakistan border in just five weeks with no proper topographical or
demographical study, it sometimes went right through forests, rivers, villages, towns
and even houses. Begum Jaan is the story of one such house in Punjab, which was
also a popular brothel, which the Radcliffe line perfectly bisects making one part of
the house belong to India, and the other, to Pakistan. Begum Jaan was the matriach of
the home living with 12 others whom she treated as an extended family. When the
officials did not alter the border and sought to demolish the building to build the
border of the new nations, Begum Jaan refused to follow the eviction order claiming
no government had the right to take away her home. The film is a tale of a family's
defiance against a historic decision of the Government and their subsequent fight to
save their home.


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