Finished watching Bhonsle the other night and honestly, I’m still a bit hungover by the sheer BEAUTY of film-making and the performances! Here are some thoughts that I had while watching Bhonsle.
The opening sequence sets up the film perfectly & also foreshadows what’s about to come!
It’s the story of a recently retired Ganpat Bhonsle who lives in Churchill Chawl, Maharashtra. He worked night shift for Mumbai Police his whole life & now he doesn’t know how to function in the day. He silently observes things & keeps to himself as he tries to make sense of his new routine.
But he finds a friend in an 8 year old boy Lallu, who has just recently moved next door with his sister. They have come from Bihar and to say they’re not welcomed is an understatement. Vilas is the Marathi dude boy who despises migrants and feels they’re taking away their resources and opportunities.
And the result of this plot is a film about fear and kindness. A powerful film that doesn’t hold back. It punches you right in the guts again and again but also comforts you.
Also, LOVED how movie is filled with metaphors, and the well-thought parallel of Ganpati Visarjan along with Ganpat Bhonsle’s life is amazing.
Buuuut. you might have a bit difficult time to get through the first 15 minutes, because it’s slow for today’s taste. But I promise, it’s worth the slow build-up. And it only adds to how REAL the movie feels. Especially with all those bomb performances and hauntingly beautiful background music.
Just good is Manoj Bajpayee??! My chotu sa brain cannot think of any other person who could’ve pulled off the character of Ganpat Bhonsle better than our very own Bihar ke Lala, There’s a scene where Manoj Bajpayee and Abhishek Banerjee look at each other over their shoulders and you will understand how they speak to each other without a word.
The movie implies powerful instances of silence where there is an invisible tension between the characters and they communicate with each other without speaking,
AND a certain scene in the film that will absolutely scare you and break your heart, but you might wanna forgive the director because IT IS SO WELL SHOT.
There are so many scenes I want to talk about, especially the ending but I don’t want to spoil it either. It might feel unfair, but it’s true. Indeed a promising representation of reality.
A must watch indeed, streaming now on Sony LIV.