While Bollywood has always had space for alt or parallel cinema, the advent of streaming platforms has brought progressive and mature content to the fore. With less regulations and restrictions, filmmakers are able to express themselves more honestly, and the content they put out is not limited to a handful of screens across the country, but is available to people all over the world. Bombay Begums is one such product of a distinctly feminist filmmaker, Alankrita Shrivastava. Alankrita’s Lipstick Under My Burkha was faced with every possible hurdle under the roof before its release, and the whole issue picked up much heat as people began discussing the nuances of censorship. Bombay Begums is no stranger to controversy either, with people demanding that Netflix stop airing the show. However, it isn’t right to dismiss the whole product, and we have to admit that Bombay Begums makes some poignant points about women’s place in society, their bodies, and what we expect of them. With all that said, we bring you some of the best dialogues from Bombay Begums on Netflix.
Now, let’s get back to the best dialogues from Bombay Begums by Alankrita Shrivastava.
1. Rebels are always more interesting than those with inherent power.
Some women are born to rule. We call them queens. They bleed from their dreams and expect others to bleed for them. I’m not sure I want to be that kind of queen. I think I’d rather lead the rebellion. – Shai
2. It is our duty to critically analyse our culture and its consequences.
Karva Chauth! Patni ke kartavya ke naam par aurton ko bhookha maarte hain aur tum log apne fayde ke liye prachaar karte ho inn pichhde rasmon ka. – Lily
3. Sometimes our bodies cannot keep up with the people we are becoming.
Then there is desire. It just burns, like a flame, coursing through my whole body. I feel so many things… like I’m becoming a woman. But my body is not in sync. – Shai
4. Everybody deserves respect.
Tere bete ke paas jo mauka hai, apun ke bete ko bhi chahiye. Tera beta zero hai, phir bhi achchhe school jaata hai. Apun ka beta hoshiyar hai, usko bhi achchhe school jaane ko mangta hai. Apun ko sirf paise nahi, izzat chahiye. – Lily
5. Nobody gets to tell anyone what they do with their body.
There’s nothing wrong with being a prostitute if it’s your choice, I mean you own your body after all. – Shai
6. You shouldn’t think before you love.
Tu karle na ishq, jisse bhi karna hai, dil kholke… kisi se bhi. – Lily
7. It’d be so much easier for everyone if we could willfully forget things.
Sometimes what we want is to push it all away. To forge, to pretend that it never was. But the memory stays alive inside of us, like a living, breathing thing. – Shai
8. You are responsible for what you believe in.
Aap mujhe believe karein ya na karein Fatima ma’am, sachchai toh sachchai hoti hai. You’re choosing to believe the person who assaulted me, woh aapka faisla hai. – Ayesha
9. We should all be kinder to our bodies. At the end of the day, our body is all we really have.
It’s like I’m constantly at war with my body. Making it do stuff and hating it, being angry with it. It’s like I’m constantly on a treadmill, and there’s no getting off. People have all these expectations of me, and I have them too. But I’m just failing. It’s like I don’t know what I want anymore. But right now, being here with you, I can feel myself breathe. I can actually feel joy in my body. Or maybe I’m just a little less angry with it. – Fatima
10. Or maybe sometimes, we forget respecting the limitations of our bodies.
Sometimes our bodies just betray us and we hate our bodies for not letting us live the life we want. – Shai
11. The society reduces women to a few pointers.
Kabhi kabhi lagta hai ki society humari body aur choices ke aage dekh hi nahi sakti. – Ayesha
12. Not everyone is privileged enough to choose their way of life.
Tere paas jo choice hai na woh apun ke paas nahi hai gudiya. Apun ke sapne humesha murda hi paida hote hain. – Lily
13. No boy deserves the effort you put in them.
I want you to know that you don’t have to do anything to please a boy, okay? Fuck that asshole. You need to own your life. Risk your life for your art. Not for some stupid boy. – Rani
14. To own your life is to own your wounds.
To own my life means to own my wounds. To let the blood flow and grow me up. To wear my scars with pride and find the courage to survive. – Shai
15. Life can sometimes feel like a vicious cycle.
What matters is we mend the pieces and move on, until it happens again. Because it will happen again. – Rani
16. To be able to seek justice is a privilege, too.
Insaaf ki ladaai ladne ki luxury nahi hai apne paas. – Lily
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