Bhakshak deals with a sensitive and disturbing topic based on a real-life case of abuse. The film rapidly climbed the top chart on Netflix since its release
Bhakshak has resonated deeply with audiences since its trailer launch. The film, inspired by a real-life case of abuse, tackles a sensitive and disturbing topic. Bhumi Pednekar's performance as a powerful journalist determined to expose the truth has garnered widespread praise. While her previous film - Thank You For Coming (2023), did not make a significant impact, Bhakshak has quickly filled the void, earning her immense respect and recognition within a few days of its release.
After observing the response, Bhumi Pednekar dropped a video to express her immense gratitude to the audience for loving the film so much. In the video she said, “Pichle 3 dino mein apne hamari film ko itna zyada pyaar diya. Social media pe humne aap sabke messages pareh hai. Ye sirf ek kahani nahi, ye hamara contribution hai. Ye film hum sabke dilo ke bahut kareeb hai. (We have checked all of your messages and responses on the internet. Me and my whole team thank all of you people for watching this film. Bhakshak is very close to our hearts).”
Bhumi Pednekar extended her gratitude to Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan in the caption, praising their initiative for bringing the impactful story of Bhakshak to life. For those unfamiliar, the film is a production of Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.
Bhakshak has taken the Indian audience by storm, currently riding high amongst the top films on Netflix. Social media buzzes with its impact, where viewers share their diverse reactions. Some praise it as a must-watch, lauding every minute of the film. Others, deeply moved, expressed outrage and discomfort at the intensity of the crimes. This spectrum of honest responses speaks volumes about Bhakshak's ability to resonate with Indian viewers, sparking both emotional engagement and critical discourse.
Bhakshak draws inspiration from real-life events that sent shockwaves across India, exposing a dark chapter in Bihar. While the characters and locations are fictionalised, and creative liberties taken in certain scenes, the film strives to capture the essence of the heinous tragedy. As depicted in the film, an independent audit conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 2018 uncovered shocking abuse occurring in 17 Bihar shelter homes. Girls in one Muzaffarpur shelter endured years of physical and psychological torture, kept silent by a system seemingly complicit. Despite whispers of the horrors within, Brajesh Thakur's influence held immense power, silencing dissent and perpetuating the abuse.