Pooja Bhatt is making her OTT debut with Netflix Original series Bombay Begums, releasing on March 8. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, the series is set to explore the dreams and desires of four women from various social strata, who suddenly find all of their lives interconnected.
The Story of Bombay Begums —
Through the trailer, you can tell that the series primarily revolves around Pooja Bhatt’s character Rani and how she finds herself intertwined with these four women: Lily, Fatima, Shai, and Ayesha, played by Amruta Subhash, Shahana Goswami, Adhya Anand, and Plabita Borthakur respectively.
Bhatt plays a businesswoman who managed to climb the ladder professionally, and Subhash plays a bar dancer and mother who yearns for a life of respect. However, Bhatt’s character struggles to build a relationship with her stepdaughter Shai and finds herself in a new problem when her son crashes their car into Subhash’s son, injuring him. This episode brings the two women together, compelling them to find a solution that is acceptable and beneficial to all.
Goswami plays a woman trying to climb the corporate ladder when an unexpected pregnancy throws her plans off course, whereas Borthakur plays a young woman enamoured by these powerful women aspiring to be one of them.
The show addresses various issues of patriarchal norms and the struggle of women. Since it depicts the lives of women with varying backgrounds, the audience gets different perspectives. The struggles may be different for the women, but they all have the same end goal – survival.
This women-centric show is filled with twists and turns that will have you click on the Next Episode button. The audience will find themselves relating to the complexities of each character. The show addresses gender stigmas and problems women face in the workspace and their daily lives.
This unusual pairing of five women will have you hooked onto the screen itching to know what happens in the end.
Shrivastava released a statement about the series saying, “Bombay Begums is a story about Indian women that I hope women in India, and across the world will connect with. The series explores the complex journey of working Indian women who are ambitious for power and success but have many other battles to fight, too. It’s the story of their daily hustle, the story of their dreams – sometimes buried, sometimes fulfilled. It’s the story of glass ceilings shattered, and also of the hearts broken in the process. I have tried to create a world that reflects the realities of urban working women. I hope audiences relate to the characters and find pieces of their own journey reflected in the story. I am excited and proud that Bombay Begums is coming on Netflix on the occasion of International Women’s Day.”
Bombay Begums: Cast —
The 1990’s actress is making her OTT debut with Netflix’s Bombay Begums. Rani is struggling in all the aspects of her life: motherhood, career, and being a wife. Watch as she goes to any extent to protect the ones she cares for.
Shahana Goswami plays Fatima Ranis close ally or is she? Fatima is looking to climb up the corporate ladder and is willing to turn any situation around in her favour. But the only flaw in her plan is an unexpected pregnancy.
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Amruta Subhash is Lily a bar dancer and prostitute looking to gain some respect in her life. When Rani’s son gets into an accident with hers she find that very opportunity to change her circumstances.
Plabita Borthakur is a banker named Ayesha who’s helping Rani out through a tough situation by turning it into a beneficial opportunity.
Aadhya Anand plays Shai, Rani’s step-daughter. Shai is a rebellious teen in a complicated relationship with her step-mother.
The series also stars Danish Husain, Rahul Bose, Imaad Shah and Nauheed Cyrusi.
Watch the official trailer of Bombay Begums here —
All images: Courtesy Netflix; Hero and Feature images: Courtesy Pooja Bhatt Instagram