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Set in the 1970s, Udta Punjab fame Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya is a story about the Chambal dacoits and the first look of the female lead of the film Bhumi Pednekar is something which is setting the tone of the dacoit drama right. Bhumi who has proved her finesse as an actor in films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Toilet Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan has now transformed into a woman from the valley of Chambal who seems to be bold, fierce and menacing. She essays the role of a young widow in the movie. Sushant Singh Rajput plays the male lead in the movie.
Known for choosing her films wisely, Bhumi looks ready to deliver another impressive performance in Sonchiriya. In the photo, we see the actor in a de-glamourous avatar. She carries a gun on her shoulder and stares at you with dark cold eyes. Also, there seems to be a sense of authority in her character of a woman from a village. Talking about her new on-screen avatar, Bhumi said, “Abhishek is a master at creating characters and has crafted iconic protagonists through his films (Ishqiya, Dedh Ishqiya and Udta Punjab). My look is a stroke of genius. It was his vision that created a character who exudes vulnerability and yet is strong, gritty and bold. Working with Abhishek and Sushant has been one of my most fulfilling creative collaborations.” To get her part correct in the film, Bhumi learnt the Bundelkhandi dialect and interacted with the local women of Chambal.
The first look of Sushant, who essays the role of a dacoit, was dropped by the makers on social media earlier in the year. Sushant too wore an intense look and carried a rifle with him in the picture. The Ronnie Screwvala production Sonchiriya is co-written by Sudip Sharma who visited Chambal and interacted with reformed dacoits from the era as part of initial study. Talking about the extensive research, Sudip Sharma said, “Some of them have more than 80 murder charges on them. Everyone has heard horror stories about the dacoits of Chambal but I’ve realized the reality is quite different from what Hindi films portray. We aim to capture that reality”.
The story of Sonchiriya is inspired by the various myths and stories associated with Chambal. The movie also features Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles. Shot in Chambal and Mumbai, the team of the film has wrapped up the shoot. Bhumi on Sunday shared a photo from the film’s set on her Instagram story and wrote, “And it’s a wrap. So special Sonchiriya.”
The details about the release of the film are yet to be revealed but the first look of its two lead actors has piqued the interest of movie buffs in the upcoming dacoit drama. Before Sonchiriya, there have been some other Bollywood films like Sholay, Bandit Queen and Paan Singh Tomar which drew inspiration from the lives of dacoits.