Sonchiriya Review: The Story of Dacoits Depicted in a Realistic Way


Abhishek Chaubey’s film “Sonchiriya” hit the theatres on 1 March and all the fans and critics are praising the performance of all the actors as they have given their best performance in the movie. This movie explores the ravines of Chambal and it is all about a gang of dacoits. Casting director Honey Trehan has done a fabulous job with the actors which makes all the fans completely lost in the film. The fans have experienced many twists and turn with a heavy dosage of humor. The ambiguous title Sonchiriya implies a great subtext to the ‘dacoit’ angle of the film.

The dialogues of the movie are really appreciating which has created a great effect on fans mind just like the dialogs from Udta Punjab and Ishqiya. Abhishek Chaubey opts for Bundeli and Kudos to Sudip Sharma for all the dialogues of the movie. The cinematography by Anuj Dhawan is really very beautiful which helped to build up the narrative instantly. The music by Vishal Bhardwaj is best and all the fans loved the background score as well.

The movie revolves around a gang of rebels headlined by Maan Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) and his gang comprises of practical and ruthless Lakhna (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Vakil Singh (Ranvir Shorey). The chance comes to Lakhna and gang when they come across Indumati Tomar (Bhumi Pednekar), who is on the run along with Sonchiraiya who was raped and needed the medical attention. Bhumi Pednekar’s Indumati, run from her family to help the girl and later sets his gang. While Lakhna’s has already set him on the path that Man Singh would’ve wanted for him.

Sonchiriya tells of rebels and ravines in the Chambal which takes us to Set in 1975, but without the usual trappings. All is hardcore, from language Bundelkhandi, which necessitates subtitles to laughter. The film mainly tackles the subjects of morals, salvation, and principles in the heartland of India. This movie is shot beautifully across the barren valleys of Madhya Pradesh. The director has not wasted a single minute and stays on point from the beginning of the movie.

Sonchiriya is centered around ambush, battles, confrontations, guns, and violence. The film is about crime and also the after effects that curse the perpetrators of violence. It is also essentially a metaphor for the elusive saving grace that can save a man’s soul doomed for torment. The movie describes the journey of dacoits from darkness to light. Every character in the film has undertaken their own choices until the film’s end.

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