Bombay Begums: TV show Review
Cast: Pooja Bhatt, Amruta Subhash, Shahana Goswami, Aadhya Anand
Directors: Alankrita Shrivastava, Bornila Chatterjee
Producers: Gaurav Gokhale, Mrinalini Khanna, Abhishek Rege
Writers: Alankrita Shrivastava, Iti Agarwal, Bornila Chatterjee
Music: Anand Bhaskar, Sunny Dutta, Gautam Kaul
Production Company: Endemol Shine India, Endeavor Content, Chernin Entertainment
Cinematographer: Akshay Singh
Editors: Charu Shree Roy, Omkar Uttam Sakpal
Alankrita Shrivastava writes and directs powerful women's stories and Bombay Begums is another feather in her cap. The location, set in Bombay, is fantastic, as there is no better petri dish to explore the urban complexity of women's lives.
The show looks at women in the field of business, involved in the banking and corporate sector who struggle to carve their place in the workplace.
The six-episode series covers a laundry list of women's issues too, including motherhood, the #MeToo movement, gender and a quest for identity. The film refrains from being preachy despite covering important and burning issues.
The narrative weaves several complex issues peppered with male characters. But the series, of course, belongs to the begums.
The purpose of a web series is to create an immersive experience. The plot, the character and the story have to have enough complexities and conflicts that it deserves the long form approach to storytelling. Alankrita has done a remarkable job as she has a keen insight into women’s souls.