1. The dreaded dacoit genre
Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar‘s 2019 film Sonchiriya is all set for a world digital premiere. The dacoit drama is set to release on 18 April 2019 on ZEE5. Besides promising edge-of-the-seat-thrill and violent chills, we tell you five reasons why you should watch the movie.
Be it Amjad Khan’s Gabbar Singh in Sholay or Irrfan in and as Paan Singh Tomar, the dacoit genre hold quite the rustic charm to engage the audience. However, all the films in the genre have showcased a different side of dacoits. It’d be interesting to watch what Sonchiriya has in store for dacoit genre lovers!
2. An ensemble cast
Sonchiriya boasts of stellar performances by a brilliant bunch of actors namely Sushant, Bhumi, Manoj Bajpyee, Ashutosh Rana and Ranvir Shorey. Notably, Manoj has played a dacoit called Mann Singh in 1994 film Bandit Queen. Sonchiriya too features him as Man Singh!
Sushant plays Lakhna, Man’s aide while Ranvir plays his trusted sidekick Vakil Singh. It is mention worthy that Vakil’s character comes with shades of grey. Speaking of the same, Ashutosh is seen as Virender Singh Gujjar, a ruthless police officer. Bhumi plays Indumati Tomar, a fierce villager who picks up guns and stands up against her torturous in-laws.
3. Revisiting Chambal
Chambal has for long enjoyed a moment and more with Bollywood and its filmmakers. So much so that the place has become synonymous with dacoit drama films. Romancing another tale, the director shot at live locations in the valleys of Madhya Pradesh. The star cast adopted the Bundelkhandi accent and mannerisms of the residents of Chambal.
4. Abhishek Chaubey's direction
An interesting aspect of Abhishek Chaubey’s direction is that the director always maintains the local flavour of the regions covered in his movies. Be it the Ishqiya series of the controversial 2016 outing Udta Punjab, Chaubey offers a deeper insight into Indian interiors.
But conflict is common to all his film, as can be safely assumed after one watches them. However, a tongue-in-cheek approach seems to be his favourite way of putting it across. This is a reason enough to watch Sonchiriya, for a new perspective might just be on its way!
5. Catchy dialogues
Sample Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi-starrer Ishqiya and Dedh Ishqiya, if not anything, these films were lauded for its rich dialogues. Every word uttered by the actors was an extension of their character, its characteristics and the culture of the place they come from. As one can see in the trailer of Sonchiriya, these dacoits have an amusing banter.
Writer Sudip Sharma, who has contributed to NH10 and Udta Punjab, has penned lines for the film along with its story and screenplay.
6. Sushant and Bhumi's pairing
With great hits like Kedarnath and M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story in his kitty, Sushant has become a force to reckon with. As for Bhumi, she has been riding high on content-meets-commerce kind of cinema. Take Toilet: Ek Prem Katha or Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan, Bhumi’s performances have always been appreciated.
Thus, Sushant and Bhumi sharing the same frame is a delight and a treat for their fans. One can only expect cinematic excellence if you ask us!
7. Critically and commercially driven
Agreed, Bollywood has seen its fair share of dacoit dramas. But they haven’t all been made on a lavish budget. Bankrolled by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies, the Abhishey Chaubey directorial was made on a budget of about 30-35 crore INR. The sets were mounted on a massive scale.
What are your reasons for watching Sonchiriya? Let us know in the comments box below.
Are you a Sushant Singh Rajput fan? Don’t forget to watch his 2018 hit Kedarnath, now streaming on ZEE5.