Feature Name: Sonchiriya
Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey, Ashutosh Rana
Run Time: 143 minutes
Sonchiriya explores the era of dacoits in Chambal, India. The story revolves a group of dacoits in Chambal and how they dodge the law to do what they feel is right.
Director Abhishek Chaubey and writer Sudip Sharma add a female element in this film with Indumati (Bhumi Pednekar) who goes from escaping her oppressive family along with her child to becoming a conscience keeper. Man Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) is the leader of Man Singh Gang with Lakhan (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Vakil (Ranvir Shorey) as his main men. Gujjar (Ashutosh Rana) is a police officer seeking to settle an old score with them.
There isn’t a single person who might have any slip-ups in the film – you may mistake them for real dacoits. Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey, Sushant Singh Rajput and Ashutosh Rana have done a fab and totally believable job. Bhumi Pednekar was rightly cast for the role.
Abhishek Chaubey establishes the film’s premise and all characters in the first half perfectly but the second half seems stretched. The music goes in sync with all scenes. Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s cinematography is spot on.
We give Sonchiriya four jars overflowing with honey.