Updated: March 08, 2021 14:08 IST
Rating : 3/5
Alankrita Shrivastava is back with another story that brings modern Indian women to the forefront. Netflix's Bombay Begums stars Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand in leading roles. 6 episode long series Bombay Begums follows the lives of 4 women (begums) and a young girl in the city of Bombay. We meet each of the characters at a crucial point in their lives. Rani has just become the CEO of a bank and is at the top of her career but she's afraid that she will lose it all. Fatima is just at the right moment in her career where can make it or break it. Fatima struggles to cope with expectations at home and the pressures at the workplace. Ayesha has just started working at Rani and Fatima's bank. Like any new girl in the city, she is hell-bent on making it. Lily is a bar dancer trying to switch careers. And finally Rani's step-daughter Shai is dealing with all the issues that come with adolescence. Bombay Begums addresses several crucial issues that women deal with - from sexuality to complicated relationships to workplace harassment to peer pressure and much more.
Pooja Bhatt as Rani Irani makes a great come back with Bombay Begums. Bhatt brings the gravitas that the character demands. At the same time, she manages to address the emotional quotient very well. Amruta Subhash shines every time she's on the screen. Her screen presence is commendable. Sahana Goswami and Plabita Borthakur perfectly bring their characters to life. They excel in showcasing the complexities of their characters. Young Aadhya Anand also delivers a great performance. Alankrita Shrivastava's writing is the main highlight of the series. While the show has strong performances, Shrivastava's characterization and story stand out. All the characters are well written and are multi-layered. While the men in the series are not the focus of the series, Manish Chaudary, Danish Husain and Vivek Gomber deliver stellar performances.
The best part of the series is its cast performance and story. The cast's performance is one of the major highlights of the series. Not just the leading actors, the supporting cast members like Ekavali Khanna and Sanghmitra Hitaishi make for a good screen presence. The storyline is gritty and riddled with multi-layered characterization. The cinematography is commendable. The title sequence of the show captures the essence of the show and the characters.
The background score could have been better. Even though the series wraps in just 6 episodes, it can be a little draggy. While all the characters are well-written, the series does struggle with binding them together. Almost all the meetings are by chance and it can feel a little too coincidental. The show starts strong but ends with you wanting more.
Bombay Begum is all in all a good watch. While Bombay Begum is a story about women trying to make it in Bombay and keep their positions, their stories can resonate with women across the country. It showcases the realities and the challenges women face at home and the workplace. It's most definitely a must watch!