Some movies are made entirely for entertainment, some are made to give a message and then there are some that deliver a message by entertaining us. Abhishek Chaubey's Sonchiriya is neither of them. It is a film that is pointless, scattered and wastes few of the finest actors we have in the industry. Frankly, after watching the trailer, we didn't expect much from Sonchiriya but Chaubey has given the audience some great movies like Udta Punjab and we banked on that reputation for Sonchiriya as well.
The film revolves around a group of dacoits headed by Man Singh, played by Manoj Bajpayee. In a shootout with the police, he dies and enters Indumati, played by Bhumi Pednekar, because of whom this group of dacoits is divided into two. Now, they are not just fighting against the police but are also fighting each other. What happens next? Never-ending scenes that are stretched unnecessarily. There are at least three times during the film when you feel that the movie is over, but alas, it’s extended further.
While the first half sets the story, the second half goes totally haywire. You feeling of ‘what’s going on’ begins to set in. The language the film employs is another setback. The makers have used subtitles through the film so people get a grip of the dialogues but that too proves to be distracting at times.
Though the writing of the film is all over the place, Chaubey gets full marks for setting the mood right for a movie like this. From the look of the actors to the locations, everything is perfect. It has that raw and rustic feeling, but even that can't save the movie because of the mediocre script.
The cast is loaded with talent but it’s a wasted attempt. It’s not to say that the actors have not performed well. In fact, all of them, from Manoj Bajpyee to Ranvir Shorey, Sushant Singh Rajput to Bhumi Pednekar and Ashutosh Rana, delivered with their respective characters, but they don't get a chance to shine. Apart from the last few minutes where Bhumi steals the show with her emotional breakdown.
Overall, Sonchiriya is hardly the golden bird we expected from Abhishek Chaubey.