Bombay Begums is an Indian net drama series released on March 8, 2021 and streaming on Netflix. The show was created and co-written by Alankrita Shrivastava, along with Bornila Chatterjee and It Agarwal. The series is centered on Shrivastava and Bornila Chatterjee was created by Chernin Entertainment and Endemol Shine Group.
The series with Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand. The very first series consisted of six episodes. The story is about five women who dare to cross the line that society has set up for women, and they explore their dreams and wishes after coming out of their ordinary life in modern-day Mumbai.
Plot overview and storyline
Rani, played with Pooja Bhatt, is the CEO of the Royal Bank of Bombay. A matriarch figure in her loved ones and a self-made woman in male-dominated society, she also faces it in her workplace. She is a former banker in Kanpur. To make matters worse, her private life isn’t going well either. Her husband mourns the loss of the first wife and holds on to her memories. Her children also do not accept her as their mother or their caregiver.
Another woman in the story is Fatima, played with Shahana Goswami, Rani’s assistant. She is a determined and determined lady, just like her boss, Rani, but a vulnerable person nonetheless. She struggles to find a balance between her work and her private life. She does everything she can to please her moody and grumpy husband. She is perplexed and struggles between her sexual desires and her professional ambitions.
Then the next girl is Shai Irani, a young storyteller who is also Rani’s young stepdaughter. Like her father, she did not progress after the death of her mother. She still holds on to her memories. She is powerful, as she grew up without a mother figure to guide her, and she only battles the fears and insecurities of puberty, which also inspires her arts and imagination.
The next woman is youthful blood, whose name is Ayesha Agarwal, played by Plabita Borthakur. She is determined to create her place and name in Rani’s company, even though she gets fired afterward. She has a hard life because she is confused about her sexual tastes, her profession and finding a suitable home in Mumbai. Rani, after learning about her problems and decides to help her. She indicates that Ayesha works with Laxmi “Lily” Gondhali, played with Amruta Subhash, who is energetic and courageous, and also a sex worker, pub dancer who finds disgrace for her profession. She is now working hard to get a better life for her son. As she helps Lily, she discovers her inner sexual appetite in her.
Ayesha helps Lily by setting up a factory as part of the lender’s corporate social responsibility program. Her constant struggle to make her name in her work and to improve herself and work hard continues. But things go wrong because with her senior staff, whom she admired a lot, she ended up sexually. Research in the company begins on this problem to get to the truth, and uncovers more shadowy histories and secrets of those vital characters in the workplace. Problems of misogyny and sexual harassment in the office are getting mild, these are factual issues that women face almost everywhere.
Critics and Audience Review
The series centers around five women, who are powerful and determined in their careers, but they have their flaws, just like any other women out there. They make bold decisions that society disagrees with, but it’s for their good.
The series was created by Lipstick manufacturer Underneath My Burkha and Dolly Kitty Aur Who Chamakte Sitare, who had delivered some solid storytelling and are woman-oriented. The show features female protagonists taking charge of offices and breaking old socio-economic stereotypes about women. The series depicts most of the real issues faced by women. However, at many times it showed pseudo-feminism as there is also misrepresentation of children and cheating is glorified in a relationship.
Bombay Begums Season 2 Release Date
The series faced a lot of backlash for glorifying drug abuse and cheating, as well as its inappropriate portrayal of children. Many people are protesting for NCPCR’s protection of children’s rights and demand that the series be boycotted. The show’s future looks grim and the next season could still happen as Netflix is proven to reject these issues and produce their shows. Should it happen, we’ll see Bombay Begums Season 2 release sometime in 2022.