Bhonsle is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language drama film written and directed by Devashish Makhija. The film stars Manoj Bajpayee, who co-produced the film alongside Piiyush Singh, in the title role: a retired Mumbai police officer who befriends a North Indian girl and her brother who are targeted among other migrants by local politicians. Its first look was launched at the 2018 Cannes Film Festiva
Constable Bhonsle retires from the Mumbai Police to live in a dilapidated chawl (a small apartment block for factory workers). He occasionally meets with his former superior about extending his service. An idol is shown being prepared for the ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Homeless taxi driver Vilas is a foot soldier for a local political party which upholds local cultural identity, and blames migrants from North India for taking local jobs. He frequently gets into conflicts with Rajendra, who wants to lead the migrants. Vilas networks and unites influential locals to assert their identity. Bhosale is respected in the community, but refuses to join Vilas.
Sita and her teenaged brother Lalu move next door to Bhosale. Lalu refuses to join Rajendra’s gang, but one night is tricked into vandalizing the billboard of Vilas’s political party. The next day Vilas is irate and Lalu is frightened. After confessing to Sita, they inform Bhosale who warns them that he will tell the police if it happens again.
A few days later, there is a grand procession for Ganesh Chaturthi which involves everyone from the chawl. Bhosale collapses in his room from fading health. Lalu gathers their neighbours to take him to the hospital where Sita works, and she nurses him to health. She also takes care of the paperwork at his discharge, and he is given a discount on the assumption of being her family member. Bhosale forms a bond with the siblings and helps Lalu secretly repaint the billboard. Sita receives Bhosale’s medical tests and informs him that he has a terminal brain tumor. Having acquired supplies to fix the billboard, Vilas takes credit when he finds it repainted in the morning. Bhosale exposes his lie, and Vilas is humiliated that Bhosale took the migrants side instead of his own.
Bhosale is heartbroken when he is informed that his service extension with the police is contingent on a medical check-up. As Sita returns from her night shift, Vilas kidnaps her and then rapes her. Bhosale finds Sita badly injured, and confronts Vilas, finding bloodstains in his taxi. The two fight and are both fatally injured, while on the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi the idol is sunk into the ocean.
Manoj Bajpayee as Ganpath Bhonsle
Santosh Juvekar as Vilas
Ipshita Chakraborty Singh as Sita
Virat Vaibhav as Lalu
Abhishek Banerjee as Rajendra
Rajendra Sisadkar as Talpade
Kailash Waghmare as Sawant
Shrikant Yadav as Mhatre
Neetu Pande as Mrs. Jha
Dev Mehta as Ismail
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