Sonchiraiya is all about Maan Singh (Manoj Bajpayee), Vakil Singh (Ranvir Shorey), Lakhna (Sushant Singh Rajput), and last but not the least Indumati (Bhumi Pednekar), who is a woman on the run along with a young rape survivor. The one common factor that unites all the characters is their dark past and their search for a new meaning in their lives.
Set in 1975, the film talks about a bunch of fugitives, who take law in their own hands. Shot in the dense landscape of the Chambal valley, Sonchiraiya focuses a lot on the caste system and the untouchables. All the characters in the film and trying to break free as they all have a dark past.
Throughout the film, the dacoits are always on the run and are desperately trying to survive. In all of this, we also get to meet the policeman, Virendra Gujjar (Ashutosh Rana), who is all out to get them.
Abhishek Chaubey‘s Sonchiraiya is not about the power or threat that the dacoits have over the people, but it is about their struggle, their helplessness and also their humane side.
Almost everyone in the film have given their hundred percent to the film, but the one person who stands out is Manoj Bajpayee. Even though he has a small cameo, Manoj Bajpayee has once again proved why he is one of the best we have.
All in all, having seen films like Bandit Queen (1994) and Paan Singh Tomar (2010), for me, Sonchiraiya does not work at all. The film lacks the aggression and brutality, which one would expect in a film of this genre. Also, for me, the pace of this film is a huge downer. After a point, one is hoping for the film to either pick up or just end.
If you are keen to watch Sonchiraiya, then wait for some time as you shall very soon catch this on an OTT platform.
Rating: One And A Half