“You know what they say, life happens to you when you’re busy making other plans,” begins Pooja Bhatt, who was offered Bombay Begums when she was assisting director-father Mahesh Bhatt on Sadak 2. The Netflix series marks her foray into digital entertainment. In a way, the all-women drama is also a comeback vehicle for the actor-filmmaker, who stayed away from the big screen since the early 2000s, barring a cameo in Sadak 2.
As Rani, CEO of a leading bank, Bhatt leads the Alankrita Shrivastava-directed venture that tells the story of five women navigating their dreams and desires in a male-dominated world.
“I have been a producer. I know how biased the business can be, so I drew from that [experience]. Alankrita told me that I don’t need to [emphasise] my power because true power doesn’t scream. That became the bedrock for the character.” The series brings the #MeToo movement in sharp focus, examining it from a woman’s gaze. Bhatt remembers that filming the sequence was emotionally draining for the actors. “The scene sees Plabita Borthakur’s character [the survivor] recount what happened to her. It was an uncomfortable day for all of us because you are making the person go through the entire experience all over again. There is not a single false note in the show’s [treatment of the subject].”