A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the challenges women in India from different backgrounds and life experience must face to move up in the world. Sexism, marital problems, and other adult-oriented themes are present.
Positive Role Models
The women sometimes mentor each other, and sometimes compete with or hurt each other. All is done as a way to survive and move ahead.
Violence & Scariness
Yelling is frequent, and insults are hurled. A boy is shown with bloody injuries after a car accident, and a woman is shown with blood on her after a miscarriage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but there are simulated sex acts are visible. Prostitution is a theme.
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Strong curses like "f--k" are frequently used.
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Products & Purchases
Themes of commerical and financial success.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, hard liquor, cocktails) and inebriated behavior is visible, including drunk driving. Cigarette smoking is commonplace.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bombay Begums is an adult-oriented, women-centered, Indian dramatic series that contains simulated sex acts (no nudity), arguing, some bloody injuries, and lots of drinking and cigarette smoking. Sex work is a theme. There's some cursing, including "f--k," both in the English dub and the subtitles. It's a soap opera, but it contains strong messages about contemporary sexism in India, as well the pressures placed on women to balance traditional patriarchal expectations of them with their own personal and professional goals.
Is It Any Good?
This engaging, women-centered soapy drama, which is dubbed in English, features a group of strong women attempting to carve out, and hold on to, a place of power in Mumbai's patriarchal society. Each of the women, who Shai refers to as "begums" or "queens," are from different walks of life. They are all clearly strong and intelligent, but regardless of their lived experiences, they also find themselves constantly being challenged by old cultural traditions and contemporary misogyny as their personal and professional lives collide.
Despite it being a work of fiction, Bombay Begums delivers a strong statement about the struggle of women in India, regardless of education or privilege, due to the sexism that still exists in the country today. But viewers from other cultures and communities may also find the need of the begums to constantly negotiate a balance between what is expected from them as daughters, wives, and mothers, and what they achieve (or want to achieve) outside of these roles, all too familiar. Overall, it's an entertaining series, and one that may resonate with many women around the world.
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