Everything you need to know about the infamous Indian web series Bombay Begums for Netflix
When did Bombay come out?
Bombay Begums is an Indian web series on Netflix created by Alankrita Shrivastava and it was released on 8th March 2021 with 6 episodes of 50-60 minutes each.
Cast and characters
- Pooja Bhatt as Rani Irani
- Shahana Goswami as Fatima Warsi
- Amruta Subhash as Lily
- Plabita Borthakur as Ayesha
- Aadhya Anand as Shai
- Manish Choudhary as Deepak Sanghvi
- Rahul Bose as Mahesh Rao
- Imaad Shah as Ron
- Vivek Gomber as Arijai, Fatima’s husband
- Danish Husain as Naushad Irani, Rani’s husband
- Nauheed Cyrusi as Piya
- Vivek Tandon as Cyrus Dastur
- Deepak Soni as Raj Parkar
What is Bombay Begums all about?
As you can see the name of the series Bombay Begums, the story is based on the Queens of Mumbai. The story is about 5 different women who are ambitious in their own field and deal with different problems every day, just like season 3 of Big Little Lies with 5 women dealing with problems!
In the beginning, we see Rani Irani, who used to be a regular bank clerk in Kanpur and how she became the Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Bank, after overcoming all the difficulties with men in the world of banking career. As good as her career is, the worst part is her personal life, with stepchildren hating her and a husband who hasn’t left his dead wife.
Then we see how Fatima, who works at the same bank, struggles to balance her personal and professional life as she has a disaffected husband and a desire to be a mother, but loves her boss at the same time, complicated right? There is more!
Then you see Shai Irani, Rani’s stepdaughter, who gets in bad company without her mother when her vision dreams the horror of her dead mother, too much for a teenager !! you should check out Never Have I Ever if you like teen drama
Next we see Lakshmi, best known as Lily, a bard dancer and also the only mother to her child, like any other mother tries to place her child in a top school (English medium), but despite having a lot of money, her child does not take school because of Lily’s background. The disrespected lily then plans to set up a steel factory.
And we see how Ayesha Agarwal, who likes any other ambitious girl, does not give up on her dreams, even after being fired from Irani’s bank. Seeking an opportunity to boost her profession, Lily who wants to open a steel mill and is driven too much ruthlessly ends up sexually assaulted by a senior in the same place where she works.
These 5 women are all women in the real world dealing with the problems they face; gender discrimination, workplace sexual harassment, maltreatment partners, fear of life, drug abuse and injustice towards women. We see how all women face difficulties in some way in both personal and professional life and since there were some inappropriate scenes in the show related to Shai Irani, it became a controversy.
So let’s see what the controversy was!
Bombay sparks controversy
After the release of Netflix, NCPCR (The National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights) is asking Netflix to stop streaming this series as there are scenes of Rani’s stepdaughter Shai (Aadhya Anand) improperly influencing and depicting children.
The message NCPR sent to Netflix said that “Netflix should be extra careful with children or when streaming content for children. It is an order to investigate the matter and streaming of this series must be stopped immediately with a detailed report filed within 24 hours. If not, the Commission is required to take appropriate action under the provisions of section 14 of the CPCR Act, 2005. ”, but Netflix has still not discontinued the show and is still under discussion.
Reviews and critics
With a not-so-great review of 4.7 out of 10 by IMDb, this show has failed to deliver where the concept could have been improved and the story too over the top as there were episodes that weren’t needed. I think the show is a one-time watch on Netflix.
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