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Sonchiriya (2019)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 March 2019 (India)
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Set in the Chambal valley, the film follows the story of a legion of dreaded, warring dacoits who once terrorized the Indian heartlands.

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Abhishek Chaubey

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Abhishek Chaubey (story), Sudip Sharma (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sushant Singh Rajput ... Lakhna
Bhumi Pednekar ... Indumati Tomar
Manoj Bajpayee ... Man Singh
Ranvir Shorey ... Vakil Singh
Ashutosh Rana ... Virender Singh Gujjar
Gagandev Riar Gagandev Riar ... Khalifa (as Gagandev Singh Riar)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mahesh Balraj ... Bhoora
Jayesh Bhargava Jayesh Bhargava ... Guard
Ram Naresh Diwakar Ram Naresh Diwakar ... Natthi
Solanki Diwakar Solanki Diwakar ... Beni Ram's Guard (as Solanki)
Vijay Kumar Dogra Vijay Kumar Dogra ... Dr. Bhadoriya
Shreedhar Dubey Shreedhar Dubey ... Badlu Singh
Harish Khanna ... Kok Singh
Rahul Kumar Ranjan Rahul Kumar Ranjan ... Vikram Mallah
Satya Ranjan Satya Ranjan ... Veera (Man Singh Gang Member
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Storyline

This is the story of a group of rebels in Chambal. The year is 1975. The Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, has declared Emergency in the country. Man Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) meanwhile leads a gang in Chambal, a region that more or less is lawless. Vakil Singh (Ranvir Shorey) and Lakhna (Sushant Singh Rajput) are important members of this gang. Man Singh is in need of money to procure new arms. Based on a tip from Lacchu (Jaspal Sharma), he and his men descend to Brahmpuri village. A marriage is taking place in this hamlet where the groom is about to get a huge amount of gold and cash. Man Singh and his gang reaches the marriage venue in order to loot this wealth. However, the cops, led by Virender Gujjar (Ashutosh Rana) ambush the gang. In the tough fight, Man Singh and half of the gang get killed. Vakil, Lakhna and others escape. Vakil, now the leader of the gang, accuses Lakhna of betraying them and calling the cops. Lakhna is fed up of being a rebel and wants to surrender. Meanwhile, ...

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

1 March 2019 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,170, 3 March 2019

Gross USA:

$86,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,413
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The movie title, Sonchiriya is the name of a bird, the Great Indian Bustard, that is found in Chambal. See more »

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Ruan Ruan
Vocals by Arijit Singh
Lyrics by Varun Grover
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
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If Red Dead Redemption 2 was to ever have a Bollywood version...
4 March 2019 | by cshafkat-79041See all my reviews

When the movie was announced, I was a little skeptical mainly because Bollywood always ruin movies with unnecessary songs and romance. But after seeing the trailer I got super excited.

I was very impressed with the movie and its pacing as well as how close it is to reality. The direction, acting, story, locations are on point.

Sushant Singh Rajput delivers his career best performance here. He was outstanding in every aspect and he seemed totally natural in his character. Manoj Bajpayee as usual nailed his role as the leader of the gang. He was able to portray the notoriety that the bandits of Chambal possess. Bhumi Pednekar was fantastic as the woman on the run. Ranvir Shorey was absolutely mind blowing as the second in command. The intensity he portrayed was perfect. His character was brilliantly written. Ashutosh Rana was an absolute treat to watch as the police captain trying to hunt down the gang.

The director has done his job very well. It clearly shows how much research he did before making this film since everything was so natural including the language spoken throughout the movie and how birds react to dead bodies. The story was very well paced and high on intensity. The scenery was bound to be good since the film was shot on location. The action sequences were very well choreographed and very enjoyable.

This movie kept me hooked from the start to the end. It has a very deep meaning that a lot of people will fail to understand. This is not the typical Bollywood film with songs and romance. This is a film based on true events and carries a deep meaning and message. The pacing was good and those who appreciate pure cinema will love it given the fact that it's very close to reality and perfectly portrayed the harshness that was present in Chambal back in those days.

Overall it's a wonderful movie and a pure cinematic experience. If Red Dead Redemption 2 was made in India, this is exactly how it would be. If you're someone who enjoys reality based action films, then I strongly recommend this one.


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