How successful was Anubhav Sinha in showing the painful story of migrant laborers in lockdown?

Through Anubhav Sinha’s recently released film ‘Bheed’, has the director been able to show whatever he wanted to show? Also, read in this article what are some of the worst weaknesses of the film?

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director-producer Anubhav Sinha ,Anubhav Sinha) once said in an interview that he is very angry and will continue to make films on gray subjects as long as he is angry. This Friday when his film Rush (Bheed) When it was released, I remembered that statement of his. We have seen his alleged anger in films like Mulk, Article 15 or many more. On the same leak, the crowd seems to be creating a national debate once again. But, does he seem to be getting that success in this like his previous films.

The subject of mob is neither a history book nor a fiction written by any author. It only shows the painful aspect of the lockdown that started two years ago, which is in our eyes like a terrible past, we have all experienced it. Obviously, it was a risky task to show that horror through the story on the screen. The biggest challenge before Anubhav Sinha was to save the entire film from being a documentary drama.

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How original is the story of the crowd?

Writer (Saumya Tiwari, Sonali Jain) and filmmaker have tried their best to save their film from being a docu-drama. To avoid this, they have not used clippings of media reports of major incidents, but when laborers sleeping on the railway track are cut, a girl carrying her father on a bicycle or carrying a truck loaded with a cement mixer machine. If they show the scene of laborers, then they cannot escape from it.

Yes, a story has been woven through many characters in the story. who have their own problems. The place becomes – Tezpur border. The borders of the states are sealed due to the Corona lockdown. Rajkumar Rao is in charge of the temporary outpost on this Tezpur border. They have to handle the crowd of migrant laborers here. Pankaj Kapoor becomes the rebel leader of troubled workers. Diya Mirza gets stuck here, who has come out of the car to bring her daughter who is stuck in the hostel. Bhumi Pednekar is a practicing doctor and Kritika Kamra is a TV reporter. In fact, Tezpur border is a symbol of the borders of all the states.

Amazing acting, direction and cinematography

As shown in the trailer itself, the film is black and white. Obviously the subject is so poignant and shocking to everyone that it is not even fair to make it colourful. All the actors of the film have given their hundred percent best performance. Rajkumar Rao, Pankaj Kapur, Ashutosh Rana, Aditya Srivastava, Virendra Saxena, Bhumi Pednekar, Dia Mirza, Kritika Kamra – all of them have been given a chance to flourish in their characterization.

According to the role, no one can be called better or lesser than each other. As a director, Anubhav Sinha is present in the same attitude as he was in the previous famous films, just a few censored scenes and dialogues ruined his purpose. But Soumik Mukherjee’s cinematography will be imprinted in everyone’s mind forever.

Was Anubhav Sinha successful in his mission?

In films like ‘Mulk’, ‘Thappad’ or ‘Article 15’, Anubhav Sinha undoubtedly succeeds in his aim. But, ‘Bheed’ remains a weak link in comparison to those films due to many reasons. First of all, they tried to show the tragedy of the lockdown only by making it a story of migrant laborers, despite being a bitter truth, no one likes to see it, let alone remember it. There are many painful stories of lockdown.

Secondly, there is a slight lack of imagination in this film. Media reports of some big incidents have been cited but the story does not reveal the full story. Yes, it is possible that after the release of the first trailer, he had to make many changes as per the instructions of the Central Board of Film Certification, the effect of which is clearly visible in the form of scatter.

Despite these shortcomings, the film is successful in conveying its message. The film questions the entire system. The tragedies that migrant laborers had to go through due to the decision of national lockdown overnight and the system that resulted from it’s failure, have been shown here. Especially those who were given the responsibility of handling the crowd, how serious they themselves were about social distancing or masks or government orders – the whole film reflects this.

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Some serious weaknesses of the film

The beginning of the film is very loud, with the laborers sleeping on the railway track being cut off by the train during the night. The filmmakers try to document it in the story but for the audience it is just a loud montage part.

In the next part, some sex scenes between Rajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar are shown. Those scenes and the dialogue between them during that time have no meaning. So on the other hand, there are caste and religious comments throughout the film, they also have nothing to do with the actual story of the film.

Rating – 3 Star