What is the story about?
The story revolves around a small close-knit community where Bhonsle (Manoj Bajpayee) befriends a North Indian girl and his brother, during the time when Politicians are trying to get rid of the migrants in Maharashtra. The film is directed by Devashish Makhija and Produced by Manoj Bajpayee.
Manoj Bajpayee is without a doubt an amazing gifted talent who has been performing in different roles diligently. He has essayed some difficult roles which other actors of his calibre wouldn’t have dared to venture. Definitely, in Bhonsle he delivers a landmark performance that will go on his wall of fame. His character in Bhonsle is of calm nature and when that voice speaks up it surely does makes a difference. Following his amazing performance was Santosh Juvekar (Vilas) who gave a commendable performance along with Ipshita Chakraborty Singh (Sita). Among these seasoned actors, there was a silent performer Virat Vaibhav (Lalu) who did an amazing job. A film like Bhonsle demands diligent performers and it had a brilliant set of actors completing it.
Bhonsle garnered great acclaim at its release at 2018 Busan International Film Festival and also it was featured in MAMI Film Festival, and 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam also it won Best Director and screenplay award at Asian Film Festival Barcelona. The film handles a delicate racist subject which once in Mumbai was a trivial issue among the people of Maharashtra and the migrants from North India, usually termed as (Bhayya Log), one such opportunity to foray into the politics an aspiring politics fanatic Vilas tries to instigate hated among the people inside a small community. The writers were very careful and did an amazing job in handling such a trivial issue in a most matured way without hurting the sentiments. It throws a hard light on the beliefs among the people towards their faith and a subtle underlying message which hits you hard. Bhonsle does tests your patience during the first half with its pacing, but the performances of the cast keep you invested in the film.
Music and other Departments
Music by Mangesh Dhadke was subtle and had a good grasp of the regional flavour. Jigmet Wangchuck did a great job with the cinematography. Editing by Shweta Venkat Mathew was straight forward and simple.
Diligent performances and mature writing. Manoj Bajpayee was a delight to watch playing the role of Bhonsle.
Except for the pacing in the first half, there weren’t any drawbacks.
Did I enjoy it?
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love films which entirely focus on the subject in hand than wander with no direction.
Do I recommend it and why?
I strongly recommend it. If you could sit through the first 50 minutes, you’ll appreciate what the movie has to offer you.