‘Me Too’ Has Been a Failing In India: 'Bombay Begums’ Director

Pooja Bhatt talks about how the film industry forces you to put on a facade.

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Director Alankrita Shrivastava's Bombay Begums is all set to drop on Netflix on 8 March. The series features Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand.

Through the life of these four women, Shrivastava tries to to show the complexities of life and how they manage to navigate responsibilities that come with being a woman and manage the roles that society imposes upon them.

Talking to The Quint, Pooja Bhatt says she got to embrace herself all the more through her character Rani. "When I was first approached for Bombay Begums, I was quite taken aback that they even thought of me. Alankrita threw us women in a room together and got us to really bare our souls and that became such a great trust exercise, that as women we let our defences down. There was no posturing and there was no judgement that came from anybody. And I think it was wonderful to be given the privilege of playing a part where I was playing my age, dealing with issues like menopause, ageing. And these are things that allow to be spoken about, and we don't deal with it especially in the commercial framework of filmmaking. I have a baggage of stardom. There's a generation of men and women who had my poster on the wall and then you don't want people to age because your memories age."

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