Sonchiriya starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar is a tale of revenge, vengeance, emotions and a lot of drama revolving around the dacoits of the infamous Chambal valley.Here is the complete film review…
Movie : Sonchiriya
Director : Abhishek Chaubey
Rating : 3.5/5
Sonchiriya directed by Abhishek Chaubey is a two and a half hour tale of the rebels and the dacoits fighting everything out so as to follow their aim as a ‘baaghi’ in the valleys of Chambal. A movie with an utmost strong narrative portraying the true life-struggles & emotions of the dacoits, Sonchiriya can easily be termed as the modern day Sholay to say the least. The film has a rocking dark humor which stays from the start till the end and is a treat! Chaubey along with the writer of the film, Sudip Sharma have teamed to give us a reckoning story-line with some brilliant performances and could be a winner in coming days.
The film has it all right from the dacoit drama to the issues of caste-system, the gang politics and an impressive feminist in Bhumi. While every actor from this impressive cast was at the top of their game, the movie’s main underlying conflict was every character’s lookout for the meaning to their lives. Also, every actor right from Sushant to Bhumi has done full justice in their dialogue-delivery by acing the local dialect to the T. The direction, cinematography, performances and the story-telling are all crisp and praiseworthy.
Plot : Based in 1970’s, Sonchiriya deals with the dacoits who are called baaghis living in the infamous Chambal valley where Maan Singh played by Manoj Bajpayee plays the head (sardar) of the gang who is strong on his ideals and his so called dharma as a rebel. His two main men, Vakil Singh played by Ranvir Shorey and Lakhna Singh played by Sushant Singh Rajput are fearless dacoits who help Maan Singh in executing his loots and crimes along with a big gang. Ashutosh Rana who plays the role of a cop with a vengeance, Virender Singh Gujjar is on his mission to kill everyone from the Maan Singh’s gang because of reasons which are personal more than professional. A twist comes in the tale when Bhumi Pednekar as Indumati Tomar appears along with a raped minor girl and the whole gang of dacoits are in double minds about what to do or not. What follows next will blow your mind away!
What We Loved : Right from the gripping storytelling and the crisp narration, the film is a complete paisa vasool if you are looking for a different and never tried before dacoit drama. The performances are intense and the dark humor doesn’t cease to impress us. And only Chaubey who has given us a brilliant Udta Punjab can do justice to a story like this. The cinematography is impeccable and the emotions fly seamlessly throughout the film making us think deep down about the various characters and their personal conflicts in the film.
Performances : When we write about actors like Manoj Bajpayee and Ashutosh Rana, there is very little left to praise them. Bajpayee, in his little screen time, has dominated every other actor whenever he is on the screen and everyone knows that he is one of the most gifted talents we have. Ashutosh Rana as a revengeful cop is sharp as an eagle and has impressed us with his local dialect and his gritty performance. Coming to Ranvir Shorey, the actor has shown another side of his acting skills in the role of a dacoit who is impulsive and doubt-ridden oh-so-naturally! Bhumi is one of the most dependable actors of the industry and she proves the same again with Sonchiriya. Her character who is a strong-willed woman and never says never definitely will push Bhumi’s space as an actor many more miles. Last but not at all the least, the true winner is Sushant Singh Rajput who has delivered a master-stroke performance among these stalwart actors and he again proves that his range as an actor can always surprise you. Sushant has the meatiest part and he makes sure he makes it worth the watch.
Final Rating : 3.5/5