Vidya Balan is a true professional when it comes to her work and a recent incident on the sets of her film Begum Jaan is a testament to her dedication. Readers may be aware that the actress is shooting for Srijit Mukherjee’s remake of his Bengali film Rajkahini in Jharkhand where the irregular weather condition seems to be posing a problem. While certain days are extremely hot, the rains on some other days make the ambience pleasant. And to add to that the film involves the usage of guns considering that it revolves around the time of partition.
A source confirmed that recently while Vidya was shooting for a climax scene she felt uneasy owing to the strong smell of gun powder. An ambulance was, however, parked outside the set to avoid any emergency situation. Thankfully there was no health issue and the actress resumed shooting in a span of five minutes. The crew was alright taking a break but Vidya, being the thorough professional that she is, did not want to delay the shoot. Talking about the incident, director Srijit Mukherjee said, “It is such a pleasure to work with Vidya. She is a thorough professional. Though one could see she was uncomfortable and the production called the doctor, she was back to shooting in 5 minutes. ”
Yet another incident that plagued the set was that of a camera assistant suffering facial burns whilst shooting for a crucial sequence in the film that involved torches. While speculations had it that these injuries were serious, Srijit maintained that they were minor and the said assistant was immediately treated for the same and that he soon resumed shooting.
Begum Jaan is a story of 11 fearless women standing up against the system amidst the changing political scenario during partition. While Vidya plays the protagonist, the rest of the cast includes Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Mishti, Ila Arun among others. The film is produced by Vishesh Films and Play Entertainment.