On Monday, Netflix released the first trailer for its new web series, Bombay Begums, set to release on 8th March, International Women’s Day. It’s clear from this first look that writer and director Alankrita Shrivastava (‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, ‘Dolly, Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare’) is back with another powerful story helmed by women, about women, for women.
Scroll to the end of the article to watch the trailer.
With an impressive ensemble comprising Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur, Aadhya Anand, Rahul Bose, Vivek Gomber, and Imaad Shah, the series explores the intensely emotional, layered, and complicated relationships that women share with their careers, the people around them, and themselves.
Bombay, the “City of Dreams”, has often been just that for the protagonists in several films and TV series – with the protagonist struggling, overcoming challenges, and achieving their dreams in the city. Most of the protagonists that immediately come to mind however, be it in feel-good films like Wake Up Sid or crime-dramas like Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, tend to be men.
Bombay Begums is centred around the lives of not one, but five women in Bombay – each with their own uniquely feminine perspectives, big dreams, and even bigger challenges.
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In an earlier statement, Alankrita Shrivastava had said, “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.”
The trailer introduces us to the entangled lives of these five working women, filled with ambition, love, and sisterhood – surely. But much like reality, the women continue to be pitted against each other, feel the need to constantly prove themselves as wives, mothers, managers or workers, and struggle with their desires, social perceptions, and patriarchal restrictions. The characters seem layered and grey – much like the city they inhabit.
“Survival is a battle for every woman,” Pooja Bhatt’s Rani says as the trailer concludes. Truly, most women have to fight to just survive, not rule, in a city like Bombay. But that doesn’t make them any less “queens”.
We can’t wait to watch Bombay Begums in its entirety – the perfect way to spend International Women’s Day, we think! What did you think of the trailer? Tell us in the comments!
Bombay Begums will be releasing on Netflix on the 8th of March. You can watch the trailer for the upcoming series here.
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