Sonchiriya (transl. The golden bird; Hindi pronunciation: [soːntʃɪɽɪjaː]; देवनागरी: सोनचिड़िया , ISO: Sōnaciṛiyā ) is a 2019 Indian hindi language western action film  co-written and directed by Abhishek and starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana. The film presents a rooted tale set in Chambal. The film was released on 1 March 2019 in 940 screens worldwide, with 720 screens in India and 220 in overseas regions. The film received positive reviews from critics. Its dialogues are entirely in the Bundeli dialect.
|Directed by||Abhishek Chaubey|
|Produced by||Ronnie Screwvala|
|Written by||Screenplay and Dialogues:|
|Story by||Abhishek Chaubey|
|Starring||Sushant Singh Rajput|
|Music by||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Cinematography||Anuj Rakesh Dhawan|
|Edited by||Meghna Sen|
|Distributed by||RSVP Movies|
|Box office||est. ₹104.2 million|
Set in the ravines of the Chambal valley, the film tells the tale of dacoits in 1975, who termed themselves Baaghis, the rebels.
Lacchu gives information to Baaghis that a dowry of tons of gold and cash will be given to the bride by her father so Dacoit Maan Singh alias 'Dadda' should raid. Special Task Force (STF) headed by Inspector Virendra Singh Gujjar attacks them during the loot in which Dadda gets killed. This leads to a split between the gang. Lakhna wants to surrender to the police, while Vakil Singh wants to follow baaghi's dharm (way of life) of rebellion.
On the run, they meet Thakur's wife Indumati Tomar with a girl named Sonchiriya alias 'Lalli' whom Indumati's family head had raped. Indumati had killed him to save Sonchiriya and ran away to rescue her and take her to hospital. Indumati's whole family is chasing her to get her killed. She pleads with Baaghis to help her take Sonchiriya to the hospital. Baaghis agree.
Indumati's family arrives and tries to take away Khushi with them. At the same time, Vakil Singh agrees to let her go, Lakhna revolts and disagrees. In this melee, Indumati's own child fires a bullet on Vakil's brother and kills him by accident. Lakhna and the team, along with Indumati and Sonchiriya, escape and Vakil Singh vows to chase them and kill them. It is revealed that Maan Singh looted the dowry house to save Lacchu's father from inspector Gujjar knowing very well that it was a trap to kill them. Gujjar had taken him hostage and promised to free him only if Lacchu brings Baaghis to that village for the police to kill all Baaghis at once and get the reward from the government.
Midway to the hospital, Lakhna tells Indumati a background story about a curse of killing innocent children inside a room by mistake led Baaghis' whole group being killed turn by turn. And that they need to find Sonchiriya (a metaphor for a 'Saviour Girl') to get rid of the curse. Baaghis meet Dacoit Phuilya, and she joins Lakhna to save the bleeding girl and take them to Dholpur Hospital. They are joined again by Vakil Singh and the gang in the task. Vakil says, "to ward off the curse we need to save this girl from death. It is a chance to repent, this girl is "our Sonchiraiya, our saviour". Indumati's son wants to kill his mother, but Lakhna confronts and tells the truth that his grandfather was his biological father. Lakhna and Indumati makes it to the hospital.
While the girl is being hospitalized, Lakhna, who, being chased by Gujjar, was hiding behind the tree, comes out to surrender as his task of saving Sonchiriya was finished. But by the curse, Lakhna is shot dead by Gujjar.
In the aftermath, it is revealed that Vakil Singh has been killed by the police at the railway station, as his corpse is loaded in a tractor. Later, while traveling towards the police station after killing Lakhna, Gujjar is shot and killed by one of his thakur constable whose uncle (another constable with him in his gypsy) was earlier assaulted and insulted by him.
- Sushant Singh Rajput as Lakhan "Lakhna" Singh
- Bhumi Pednekar as Indumati Tomar
- Manoj Bajpayee as Maan Singh
- Ranvir Shorey as Vakil Singh
- Ashutosh Rana as Virendra Singh Gujjar
- Lankesh Bhardwaj as Inspector Fort
- Khushiya as Sonchiriya
- Wolf Rajput as Veer
- Jaspal sharma as Lachchu
- Gagan Dev Riar as Khalifa
- Ram Naresh Diwakar as Natthi
- Mahesh Balraj as Bhoora
- Mukesh Gour as Sheetla
- Harish Khanna as Kok Singh
- Shridhar Dubey as Badlu Songh
- Abhimanyu Arun as Balak Ram
- Sampa Mandal as Phuliya
- Satya Ranjan as Veera
- V K Sharma as Pujari at temple.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||20 February 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Vishal Bhardwaj chronology|
|1.||"Baaghi Re"||Mame Khan||4:42|
|3.||"Ruan Ruan"||Arijit Singh||3:41|
|4.||"Naina Na Maar"||Sukhwinder Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj||3:48|
|5.||"Saanp Khavega"||Sukhwinder Singh||4:01|
|6.||"Sonchiraiya" (Reprise)||Rekha Bhardwaj||4:59|
|7.||"Baaghi Re" (Remix)||Mame Khan||3:58|
The film was released on 1 March 2019. Unlike Udta Punjab, Abhishek Chaubey has a smooth ride with Sonchiriya as CBFC retains most of the abuses. British Board of Film Classification has certified the film with runtime of 143 minutes and the film is set for release. The film was released on 1 March 2019 to 720 screens in India and 220 screens in overseas circuit, making it 940 screens worldwide. The leading actor Sushant Singh Rajput was disappointed that many theaters used unofficial dubbed version of the movie.
As per Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 78% based on 7 reviews with an average rating of 6.33/10. Raja Sen reviewing the film in Hindustan Times rated the film with three stars out of five. He liked the lead cast in role of bandits but feels that the slow pace kept the film from becoming a great film. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it three and half stars out of five and praising the acting of the whole cast he says "Cast Live And Breathe Their Roles". Renuka Vyavahare writing for The Times of India gave three and half stars out of five and writes "Gripping, tense and unpredictable, despite being a slow-burn western, Chaubey's period thriller makes for a riveting watch." Taran Adarsh giving three and half stars out of five feels that it is a very well-made film but caters to a niche audience. Anupama Chopra of Film Companion gives three stars out of five and summarize the review as "A Stunningly Shot, Masterfully Staged Fusion Of Caste, Violence And Jungle Law." Akash Deshpande of High on Films wrote "Sonchiriya is a mix of a thriller and black comedy with the aesthetics of spaghetti western."
|Award[a]||Date of ceremony[b]||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref.|
|Filmfare Awards||15 February 2020||Critics Award for Best Film||Abhishek Chaubey [c]||Won|||
|Best Story||Abhishek Chaubey and Sudip Sharma||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Sudip Sharma|
|Best Cinematography||Anuj Rakesh Dhawan|
|Critics Award for Best Actress||Bhumi Pednekar|
|Best Supporting Actor||Ranvir Shorey|
|Best Production Design||Rita Ghosh|
|Best Sound Design||Kunal Sharma|
|Best Action||Anton Moon and Sunil Rodrigues|
|Best Costume Design||Divya Gambhir and Nidhi Gambhir||Won|
|Mirchi Music Awards||19 February 2020||Best Background Score||Benedict Taylor & Naren Chandavarkar||Nominated|||
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Primarily action films are plot-heavy and the plot is usually centred around an object which the characters of the film are trying to get at. This film is also a plot-heavy action film, but it is more about the soul of a man.
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