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Bhonsle (2018)

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Bhonsle is a retired policeman and is living a non-interfering life in a colony dominated by locals, diagnosed with stage 4 brain tumor. When the migrant resident politics take a nasty turn, he chooses to take a stance and deal with it.

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Devashish Makhija
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Credited cast:
Manoj Bajpayee ... Bhonsle
Santosh Juvekar ... Vilas
Ipshita Chakraborty Singh Ipshita Chakraborty Singh ... Sita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aditya Agnihotri Aditya Agnihotri ... Bus Conductor
Abhishek Banerjee ... Rajendra
Krishna Bansal Krishna Bansal ... Drunk Man 1
Shardul Bharadwaj Shardul Bharadwaj ... Pandey
Gauravansh Gauravansh ... Govind
Chittaranjan Giri Chittaranjan Giri ... Mishra
Geeta Guha Geeta Guha ... Chachi
Sagar Gujar Sagar Gujar ... P.o.headquarter
Mohd Iqbal Mohd Iqbal ... Canteen Cashier
Rajendra Jadhav Rajendra Jadhav ... Police jeep driver
Sunil Jadhav Sunil Jadhav ... Dange
Suhasini Jaishankar Suhasini Jaishankar ... Akhilesh Granny
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Through 'Bhonsle' we have tried to ask that most pressing question of our times - who is a Migrant? What defines someone as an Outsider to a land? Where is that line that demarcates boundaries? Who decides who stands inside and who stands outside of that line? If each of our histories is traced back far enough are we all not migrants to our lands in some way or another? Can Man even stake claim to Land? When did we become so arrogant as a species? And finally, at what cost, this arrogance?

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Manoj Bajpayee rocks in a dark disturbing arty movie
27 June 2020 | by nadkarnisumeetSee all my reviews

Bhonsle review :

First things first; if you are looking for typical Bollywood entertainment here, Bhonsle will probably doze you off to sleep within first half hour or so. Be aware, this is pure unadulterated Indie arthouse cinema with long repetitive scenes of its main lead doing mundane household chores and a pace slower than your garden snail.

Ganpat Bhonsle (Manoj Bajpayee) is a retired police hawaldar who stays alone in a dilapidated Mumbai chawl named after Churchill (probably belongs to that era). Its residents are divided in to the Marathi folks on one side and the North Indians largely considered 'outsiders' on the other end.

Vilas (Santosh Juvekar), a cabbie cum goon affiliated to the regional political party with strong anti migrant stand, tries to create ruckus during the ongoing Ganesh Festival in the chawl. Bhonsle is unwittingly drawn in to the mess.

Speaking volumes through silence, Manoj Bajpayee is simply brilliant in the titular role. He hardly gets any dialogues and yet owns the film completely. Kudos!

Santosh Juvekar is absolutely convincing as the local ruffian. Abhishek Banerjee, fresh from success of 'Paatal Lok', has a small role and does well with what he gets.

Director Devashish Makhija keeps the proceedings dark and disturbing just like his previous film 'Ajji' (2019). However, the pace is super slow most of the time and the climax may not appeal to one and all. There was scope to add further dimension to some characters like Vilas' boss and the reason why he ignores him. On the positive, the anti migrant issue in Mumbai is highlighted effectively without taking sides.

Interestingly, Devashish had collaborated with Manoj Bajpayee for a short film 'Taandav' (2016) which was about a hawaldar losing his cool and breaking in to an impromptu dance in a stressful situation. Bhonsle seems to be that same character carried forward. Try it if you love arty type movies.

Regards Sumeet Nadkarni


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