Exclusive Movie Review Of Bheed: Anubhav Sinha’s Rajkummar & Bhumi Starrer Film Depicts An Important Chapter Of History With Balanced Point Of View, A Must Watch

‘Bheed’ was in middle of controversy as it juxtaposed COVID lockdown crisis with partition of India. Due to controversy later producer T Series backed out of the credits from trailer and even PM Modi’s speech and some voiceover was deleted too. Finally film is in cinema and it highlights the plight of migrant workers during the nationwide Corona virus-induced lockdown and their painful and heartbreaking journey to make their way back home.

Plot:

Rajkummar Rao as Surya Kumar Singh Tikas, plays a cop who is made in-charge of a check post while thousands are trying to cross state borders to return home. Pankaj Kapoor, Balram Trivedi is a watchman who wishes to return to his hometown with many of his friends and fellow workers. Thousands more, like them, arrive at the Tejpur border, which is 1200 km from Delhi. However, the borders are sealed, and the officer in charge, Surya Kumar Singh, refuses to let anyone pass through. As a result, Madam Ji (Dia Mirza), who comes from a wealthy family, is also trapped with them.

Meanwhile, medical student Renu Sharma (Bhumi Pednekar) organises a camp near the border to provide basic medical aid to Covid patients. The magnitude of each person’s problems varies but they are all trapped in this tragic situation with little recourse, and only faith to hold on to. As people continue to line up near the check post and tempers flare, fault lines of caste conflict, class conflict, and more emerge. The film also dives into how irresponsible coverage during the COVID pandemic only made existent xenophobia and Islamophobia worse. Kritika Kamra as well intentional journalist Vidhi Prabhakar comes and goes from the plot.

Performance:

Rajkummar Rao is brilliant as cop as he gets an excellent role after long. His face conveys more than his lips speak. Bhumi Pednekar shines in a little cliche but she delivers a restrained performance. Pankaj Kapur is solid and Kritika Kamra is fairly good. Dia Mirza fits the bill.

Analysis:

Soumik Mukherjee as the DOP shoots a stunning film despite constrain of Black & White medium. Atanu Mukherjee as the editor makes it feel powerful with right balance of crisp scenes and ‘let it breath’ approach. Anita Kushwaha’s apt sound design and Mangesh Dhadke’s poignant background score lift the film further. Film is fantastically written by Sinha, Saumya Tiwari, and Sonali Jain.

Anubhav Sinha talks about relevant topics. For example, he talks about a functional mall right at the border where the immigrants are stranded. Some of these are the ones who were the daily wage workers in building that mall but are now not allowed inside. A character even says at one point, ‘Mall ban jaane ke baad uske andar mazdoor ke jaane ki parampara nhi hai.’ It says so much about the way society treat people. Though lot of issues have been left like medical and middle class issues, we don’t know intentionally or due to avoid packing too much in one film.

Verdict:

Film is a powerful yet poignant portrayal of COVID pandemic situations and adversities different part of society faced. It might irked lot of people who want to ignore such harsh realities or due to their political leanings. Film is straightforward human drama of a really important chapter of humanity in recent times and should not be looked from political lens. Though sadly, it might struggle at box office.

Rating:

Critics Rating: 4/5

Box Office Rating: 1/5

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