Sonchiriya (The golden bird – in English) is an action crime-drama film co-written and directed by Abhishek Chaubey, who has previously directed Ishqiya (2010), Dedh Ishqiya (2014), and Udta Punjab (2019).
The film sets in 1975, in ravines of the river Chambal valley. It tells the story of dacoits, who terms themselves as the rebels. Maan Singh (Manoj Bajpayee), the leader of dacoits, decides to loot a marriage in the village. But things go wrong when inspector Virendra Singh Gujjar (Ashutosh Rana) along with his team attacks them during the loot. The failed loot makes dacoits run from there and sets them on a different path altogether.
Along with Manoj Bajpayee and Ashutosh Rana, the film also stars Ranvir Shorey, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. Performance-wise the film is filled with sheer talent. There are no moments in the film, where the acting feels out of place. Its dialogues are entirely in the Bundeli dialect, and every actor has taken care that not to break that chain. And resultantly, the dialogues feel very powerful and impacting at those particular moments.
The direction of the film is very grounded and raw which gives the thrill of the situations. The storyline of the film is gripping and tense enough to keep you invested in it until the end. The setting and the action sequences in the film made me remember Paan Singh Tomar (2012). It is a very well made film that touches on the topics of casteism, violence, and lawless lands. The only drawback it has is its slow pace in some places. And unfortunately, there is a limited audience in India that appreciates a film like this.
The film is available to watch on the Zee5 streaming platform.
Verdict : The film is worth a watch for its gripping storyline and some great performances. The film is highly underrated and one of the best films in 2019.
Rating : 4/5
Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aejAkKGiimk