director: Anubhav Sinha
Major Starcast: Bhumi Pednekar and Anubhav Sinha
Where to watch: theaters
What is the story: Anubhav Sinha’s film Bhoodi shows the pain of those people who leave their village, home or city and move to another place due to work. Those people who were stuck due to the 2020 covid lockdown. Those who had neither food to eat nor water to drink. Every day was passing worse than death and in such a situation, he just wanted to go to his home by any means. Overall, the mob throws light on the problems of migrant workers. Surya Kumar Singh (Rajkummar Rao) is a young policeman, then in charge of a border checkpost, which has been closed. Surya is in love with Renu Sharma (Bhumi Pednekar), a doctor by profession and taking care of symptomatic patients who were stuck at the check post. There are many other characters in the film like Kritika Kamra as a journalist, Pankaj Kapur as Trivedi Babu who wants to help his brother and other bus passengers. A line said in the film ‘Ghar se nikal kar gaye tha, ghar se aa rahe hain aur ghar hi ja rahe hai’ touches the heart.
What is special and where did you beat: The script of the film is very well written, due to which each character automatically moves forward with time and gradually his back story too. There are many such dialogues in the film, which also take a sharp stance on the situation. Many dialogues like ‘Our justice is out of our limits’ and ‘There is never any arrangement for a poor man’ make you think. There is a scene in the film, where Pankaj Kapoor taunts the health care present in the PPE kit and tells gimmicks, this scene describes the time when this was seen a lot during the Kovid era. Incidents of assault with health care workers were also seen at many places. The rest is not that everything is perfect in the film, some scenes seem a lot over, where in the middle of the film, Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi’s lovemaking scenes do not make any sense. Hot scenes are not needed to show love, so this sex scene could have been ignored. At the same time, some scenes are overrated in the name of caste. At the same time, even the policemen are not seen wearing masks in the film.
How is the acting and direction: On March 24, 2020, when there was a lockdown in the country, the borders of the states were closed, so that Kovid could be prevented from spreading. Anubhav Sinha has not only chosen such a topic which is really courageous, but has also shown it equally well that every time it breaks the heart to see the problems of people. Anubhav Sinha has beautifully captured the pain of the migrant laborers on the big screen. Some visuals are heart wrenching, like workers sleeping on railway tracks, walking for miles barefoot, children crying hungry, a watchman trying to dig a mine, people hiding in cement mixers, etc. In the 114-minute film, absolutely no time has been wasted on character building etc. and this is the quality of the director. The casting of the film is very good and the actors have done a good job from body language to diction, which makes the film strong. Rajkumar Rao, Dia Mirza, Bhumi Pednekar, Pankaj Kapoor, Rana and Srivastava etc. did a strong job. Whereas Kriti Kamra’s character starts as a narrator and gets added in many parts, but still seems incomplete.
View or not: Overall, Crowd is a film in which nothing fancy is tried, although you will get to see some cinematic liberties. Anubhav Sinha has shown class, power, caste and religion in the film by handling it well till the end. You can definitely watch the film, however, after watching it, all those scenes will float in front of your eyes for a long time, which you want to forget.
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