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Sonchiriya

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Critic Rating

6.1

9 Reviews
7 Ratings
86%
in favor

Audience Rating

5.5
3 Reviews
2 Ratings

Movie Info

Director

Language

Hindi

Synopsis

"Sonchiriya" follows the story of a legion of dreaded, warring dacoits who once terrorized the Indian heartlands.Wikipedia

Sonchiriya Reviews

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

4

Abhishek Chaubey’s very scenic Sonchiriya, tramping along those nooks and crevices of the Chambal, expending hundreds of bullets and quarts of spraying blood, made familiar by countless ‘daaku’ films of the 70s and 80s, almost always feels like a retread.

Raja Sen
Hindustan Times

6

Sonchiriya claims to be about a band of outlaws in wild search of a golden bird — but that bird may just be a goose. The film skims topics of caste, gender, religion and politics, and proves to be a film about the desperation to belong to something larger than oneself, the all-consuming desire to believe in something. Even birds of prey need to pray.

Anupama Chopra
Film Companion

6

Sonchiriya tries to blend Spaghetti Western style-action drama with social commentary but it isn’t entirely satisfying on either count. You might also struggle with the language – Bundelkhandi – and it will help to see it with subtitles.

Rohit Vats
IBNLive

7

Director Abhishek Chaubey (Ishqiya, Udta Punjab) glides us into the harsh lifestyle of bandits or rebels as they like to call themselves. They speak of their difficulties in as many words but can’t leave this life because they have never known anything better. It’s cruel, pointless and vengeful. Everything is personal and nothing is personal.

Deccan Chronicle Team
Deccan Chronicle

7

Anchored by terrific performances by its star-ensemble, Chaubey brings his assured directorial mind to an eerily beautiful film.

Renuka Vyavahare
Times Of India

7

Gripping, tense and unpredictable, despite being a slow-burn western, Chaubey’s period thriller makes for a riveting watch. It manages to engage, suspect, shock and transport you to a world where people yearn for salvation over survival.

Director Chaubey tries to get into the dynamics of the group and their equations with each other, but his and Sudip Sharma's script is too heavy-handed. Sometimes, it is farcical and suddenly gives way to an emotional scene.There is a half-hearted attempt to weave in real-life bandit Phoolan Devi's story, but that falls flat. The film's dialogue is entirely in the Bundelkhandi dialect, which lends authenticity to the proceedings.

Meena Iyer
DNA India

6

It's unlikely that those in the cities will identify with this offering. But yes, if you're a curious cinema fiend, Sonchiriya will entice you.

Namrata Joshi
The Hindu

-

Sonchiriya is a rare bird, the metaphorical redemption that everyone is seeking. Apni apni Sonchiriya, apni apni mukti. It’s ultimately a journey towards finding your own bird of salvation.

Audience Reviews for Sonchiriya

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    259 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    7

    The sky is bleached of all the hues in 'Sonchiriya', which, very specifically, is a bloody Abhishek Chaubey film. By an Abhishek Chaubey film, I mean a sincere ensemble of performances foiling the most insignificant of the bumps in storytelling. No, seriously! We have seen him tickling our funny bone with Naseeruddin-Arshad-Vidya starrer 'Ishqiya', doubling the woman power with Naseer, Arshad and Madhuri Dixit and Huma. In 'Udta Punjab', he elevated the talent with Diljeet, Shahid, Alia and Kareena.
    But this time, he transcends the boundaries of a talented star-craft, with Bhumi Pednekar, Sushant Singh Rajput, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana taking leads and playing dacoits-in-distress, India, 1975. Chambal burns in the fire of Indira Gandhi's emergency, and after seven years of 'Paan Singh Tomar' we have another spirited, finely delved in story of daakus and their reason for killing. We are not specifically introduced to the characters, they practically present them. 'Sonchiriya' is a must watch because nothing's more enticing than a Bollywood people speaking in rustic language of badlands. Well, even Gangs of Wasseypur was well-versed in language. But what makes it special is the qualified approach, this one uses practically 1% Hindi. Chaubey diligently uses his casting choice to every limitless quotient, and has well-made a drama about humans, not butchers as they seem. This is a prapt from the daaku dramas we've seen in Bollywood. It also celebrates them, in a quiet way.

    December 25, 19
  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    259 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    7

    The sky is bleached of all the hues in 'Sonchiriya', which, very specifically, is a bloody Abhishek Chaubey film. By an Abhishek Chaubey film, I mean a sincere ensemble of performances foiling the most insignificant of the bumps in storytelling. No, seriously! We have seen him tickling our funny bone with Naseeruddin-Arshad-Vidya starrer 'Ishqiya', doubling the woman power with Naseer, Arshad and Madhuri Dixit and Huma. In 'Udta Punjab', he elevated the talent with Diljeet, Shahid, Alia and Kareena.
    But this time, he transcends the boundaries of a talented star-craft, with Bhumi Pednekar, Sushant Singh Rajput, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana taking leads and playing dacoits-in-distress, India, 1975. Chambal burns in the fire of Indira Gandhi's emergency, and after seven years of 'Paan Singh Tomar' we have another spirited, finely delved in story of daakus and their reason for killing. We are not specifically introduced to the characters, they practically present them. 'Sonchiriya' is a must watch because nothing's more enticing than a Bollywood people speaking in rustic language of badlands. Well, even Gangs of Wasseypur was well-versed in language. But what makes it special is the qualified approach, this one uses practically 1% Hindi. Chaubey diligently uses his casting choice to every limitless quotient, and has well-made a drama about humans, not butchers as they seem. This is a prapt from the daaku dramas we've seen in Bollywood. It also celebrate them,

    December 25, 19
  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair
    252 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    4

    Abhishek Chaubhey's Sonchiriya (Golden Bird) is a deeply distressing chronicle of the rebels of Chambal, Madhya Pradesh and their activities that defy local law enforcement in the most bloodiest way possible that brings various issues involving caste, politics, personal vendetta, and gender discrimination with much rawness albeit with a tiring frame that can put you off countless times in its 150-minute running time.

    March 18, 19