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Certificate: A

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey & Ashutosh Rana

Written by: Sudip Sharma, Abhishek Chaubey

SONCHIRIYA is a film based on a group of rebels in Chambal. It is based in the year 1975, when the then prime minister Indira Gandhi has declared an emergency in the country. Man Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) is the leader of a gang in Chambal, a place which is in a way, lawless. Vakil Singh (Ranvir Shorey) and Lakhna (Sushant Singh Rajput) are important members of the gang. Man Singh who is looking for money to procure new arms gets a tip from Lacchu (Jaspal Sharma) and based on the tip, he and his men head to Brahmpuri village. A marriage is taking place there where the groom is about to get loads of cash and gold, which Man Singh and his gang plan to loot. However, cops led by Virender Gujjar (Ashutosh Rana) ambush the gang. In this fight, Man Singh and half the gang are killed. Vakil, Lakhna and others manage to escape somehow. Now, Vakil who has become the leader of the gang accuses Lakhna of calling the cops on them. Lakhna is tired of being a rebel and wants to surrender. While they are running from cops, they run into Indumati Tomar (Bhumi Pednekar). She’s accompanied by her sister Sonchiriya (Khushiya) who has been brutally raped. She needs medical help urgently and she asks for their help. The gang agrees to help them out. They halt to seek blessings of their goddess at a temple where Indu’s husband and family arrive, there they accuse her of killing her father in law and ask the gang to hand over Indu and Sonchiriya to them. To this Vakil agrees but Lakhna says it isn’t fair and revolts. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The film has an interesting plot that touches issues like caste, religion and politics. It’s a well made film with a strong narrative and great performances from the actors. It has a dark premise but it surely is entertaining. One of the biggest downs of the film was that it was a bit slow in places and the run time seems long as well. Language is the other issue which will surely alienate a lot of its audiences as well.

Technically, the film is great. Cinematography by Anuj Rakesh Dhawan is brilliant and he captures the scenes and the surroundings beautifully. Editing by Meghna Manchanda Sen is good too but she could have improved the pace of the film. The script was beautifully written and it is gripping throughout. Action by Anton Moon and Sunil Rodrigues was simply amazing and it showed. No songs in the film are as memorable but they work in the context of the film. The production design and the costumes in the film are on point.

Performances from the actors were just brilliant. Sushant Singh Rajput delivers another fine performance. Bhumi Pednekar has a late entry in the film but she does great whenever she is on the screen. Manoj Bajpayee is simply superb in his special appearance. Anything less than brilliant isn’t an option for him even in a small role. Ranvir Shorey shines in the film and delivers one of his best performances. Ashutosh Rana was great as well. The rest of the cast offer abled support.

Director Abhishek Chaubey delivers one of his finest films till now. He tells an interesting story while gripping the audiences throughout. He does justice to this plot. While a few things let the film down, but on the larger scale he has given us a great film.

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At the box-office

The film has taken a shockingly low start although the reviews are great it looks like the movie will struggle to recover its cost.

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