Sonchiriya Review: Watch The Film To See A Brand New Bhumi Pednekar And Sushant Singh Rajput

    Sonchiriya Review: Watch The Film To See A Brand New Bhumi Pednekar And Sushant Singh Rajput

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    Sonchiriya Review: Watch The Film To See A Brand New Bhumi Pednekar And Sushant Singh Rajput
    Updated : March 01, 2019 11:56 AM IST

    Chaubey’s tribute to Bandit Queen is a riveting tale of revenge and salvation

    At the very beginning of the review, I would really like to clear out that mentioning just the name of Sushant and Bhumi in the headline is not fair at all. They might be the one who can pull audiences to the film, but they aren’t the strongest performer. One, the word constraint in a headline is restrictive, and two, they deserved the spot because they could hold themselves in the presence of seasoned and super talented bunch of actors like Ashutosh Rana , Manoj Bajpayee and Ranveer Shorey.

    Sonchiriya has been a drama that kept me gripped throughout. This is a typical dacoit drama set in Chambal where a set of ‘daaku’ are leading on their lives in the ravines, trying to find their ‘dharam’ and their ‘sonchiriya’. Sonchiriya in the film has a lot of connotations here. It stands for something that everyone seeks for, but people would never find. It stands for salvation.

    The film has a lot of undercurrents running here. It is a tale of revenge, of dharma and of seeking salvation, and it has been put together in such a way that it would leave a deep impact. Like most of Abhishek Chaubey’s film, this too is heavy and you might not like it if you are looking for a light entertainer. This is a film that is Chaubey’s tribute to Bandit Queen and it would take you back to the Shekhar Kapur film every now and then.

    In fact, such has been Chaubey’s genius that he cast Manoj Bajpayee,  who played Man Singh in Bandit Queen as Man Singh here as well. This is Man Singh’s gang, and Phuliya is mentioned quite often as well. Ranveer Shorey plays Vakil Singh and he perfects the character of this hardcored, short tempered and fierce dacoit. He is everything that the image of the word dacoit would induce in you- fierce and unforgiving. Manoj Bajpayee is just being the perfect and he is shining as the dacoit who is fighting his own inner battle. Sushant Singh rajput stands in contrast to Ranveer’s Vakil where he is trying to find his ‘daaku dharma’, fighting the demons of his past. He is subdued and soft-spoken, but intelligent. Sushant might not be able to match upto the seasoned actors around him, but he put up a great face. It was his performance that the film depended on and he has not disappointed even one bit.

    But the actors who deserved special mention are Ashutosh Rana and Bhumi Pednekar . Ashutosh plays Gujjar who is out on a personal vendetta to kill all the dacoits. He has villainy dripping from his eyes- merciless and hard-hearted. He seeks what the dacoits are also seeking for- revenge and salvation. He is no different but on the different sides of the law. He blurs the line between right and wrong.

    Bhumi Pednekar is the true revelation here. It has been almost 4 years that she has been in the industry and man, she steals the show as Indumati- the troubled woman who has rebelled, who will go out of her way to save a young rape survivor who she considers like her own child. She is brilliant and she has gotten everything perfectly. It is really time for Bollywood to explore her potential.

    The film is layered and how. Director Abhishek Chaubey is laudable for how he has carried this on his shoulders. The film has mentions of caste, of one of the most dreaded female dacoits insulting others by calling them women and superstitions, but they fall correctly in the group that it portrays.

    But one thing that is best about the film is its music. The music is perfect, be it the background score or the songs. Varun Grover is fantastic.

    Watch the film if you want to see a dacoit drama that is true to the genre and if you have missed seeing a good film for a long time.