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OTTplay Lost and Found - Sonchiriya

Abhishek Chaubey’s 2019 drama Sonchiriya, is a strange film, with quietude binding its most poignant moments, even as guns are fired in the background. Set during the Emergency in the arid ravines of Chambal, the film follows a group of baaghis or rebels in their struggle for survival.

Nikhil Kumar
Jan 13, 2022
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Welcome to OTTplay Lost and Found, one podcast that gives you all the info about critically acclaimed films but lesser-known. I'm your host Nikhil, stay locked.

Abhishek Chaubey’s 2019 drama Sonchiriya, starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Manoj Bajpayee, Bhumi Pednekar, Ranvir Shorey and Asutosh Rana, arrived and left the theatres with little fanfare. It is a strange film, with quietude binding its most poignant moments, even as guns are fired in the background. Set during the Emergency in the arid ravines of Chambal, the film follows a group of baaghis or rebels in their struggle for survival. 

Unlike how Bollywood has portrayed its dacoits, most famously in Sholay, the baaghis in Chaubey’s film are broken shells of human beings trying to find a sense of purpose in their rebellion. Caught in a cycle of endless violence and bloodshed, this group of outlaws, led by Manoj Bajpayee’s Maan Singh, seek a sense of salvation and freedom from the life they once considered honorable.

The brilliant cinematography by Anuj Rakesh Dhawan and Vishal Bharadwaj’s heartbreaking score make Sonchiriya a heady sensory experience. There is nothing comforting about the film, and it is only a matter of time till the baaghis are caught by the police. Yet, it is so immersive that you would not complain about following the arduous journey with the film’s characters. 

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Well, that's the OTTplay Lost and Found film for today, I shall be back with another critically acclaimed film but lesser-known soon. This is your host Nikhil signing out for now.

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