Sonchiriya (transl. The Golden Bird) is a 2019 Indian action film co-written and directed by Abhishek Chaubey and starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana. The film presents a rooted tale set in Chambal. The film was released on 1 March 2019 in 940 screens worldwide, with 720 screens in India and 220 in overseas regions. The film received positive reviews from critics. Its dialogues are entirely in the Bundeli dialect.
The story of film is set in ravines of river Chambal valley. It tells the tale of dacoits in 1975, who termed themselves Baaghis, the rebels.
Lacchu gives information to Baaghis that a dowry of tons of gold and cash will be given to the bride by her father so Dacoit Maan Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) alias ‘Dadda’ should raid. Special Task Force (STF) headed by Inspector Virendra Singh Gujjar (Ashutosh Rana) attacks them during the loot in which Dadda gets killed. This leads to a split between gang. Lakhna (Sushant Singh Rajput) wants to surrender to police while Vakil Singh (Ranvir Shorey) wants to follow baaghi’s dharm (way of life) of rebellion.
On run they meet Thakur’s wife Indumati Tomar (Bhumi Pednekar) with a girl named Sonchiriya alias ‘Lalli’ whom Indumati’s family head had raped. Indumati had killed him to save Sonchiriya and ran away to rescue her and take her to hospital. Indumati’s whole family is chasing her to get her killed. She pleads Baaghis to help her take Sonchiriya to the hospital. Baaghis agree.
Indumati’s family arrives and tries to take away Khushi with them. While Vakil Singh agrees to let her go, Lakhna revolts and disagrees. In this melee, Indumati’s own child fires a bullet on Vakil’s brother and kills him by accident. Lakhna and team along with Indumati and Sonchiriya escape and Vakil Singh vows to chase them and kill. It is revealed that Maan Singh looted dowry house to save Lacchu’s father from inspector Gujjar knowing very well that it was a trap to kill them. Gujjar had taken him hostage and promised to free only if Lacchu brings Baaghis to that village for the police to kill all Baaghis at once and get reward from the government.
Midway to hospital, Lakhna tells Indumati a background story about a curse of killing innocent children inside a room by mistake led Baaghis’ whole group being killed turn by turn. And that they need to find Sonchiriya (a metaphor for a ‘Saviour Girl’) to get rid of the curse. Baaghis meet Dacoit Phuilya and she joins Lakhna to save the bleeding girl and take them to Dholpur Hospital. They are joined again by Vakil Singh and gang in the task. Vakil says “to ward off the curse we need to save this girl from death, it is a chance to repent, this girl is “our Sonchiraiya, our saviour”. Indumati’s son wants to kill her mother but Lakhna confronts and tell the truth that his grandfather was his biological father and not his grandfather. Lakhna and Indumati makes to hospital.
While the girl is being hospitalized, Lakhna who, being chased by Gujjar, was hiding behind the tree comes out to surrender as his task of saving Sonchiriya was finished. But by the curse, Lakhna is shot dead by Gujjar.
In the aftermath, it is revealed that Vakil Singh has been killed by the police at the railway station, as his corpse is loaded in a tractor. Later, while traveling towards police station after killing Lakhna, Gujjar is shot and killed by one of his thakur constable whose uncle (other constable with him in his gypsy) was earlier assaulted and insulted by him.
Manoj Bajpayee as Maan Singh
Sushant Singh Rajput as Lakhan “Lakhna” Singh
Bhumi Pednekar as Indumati Tomar
Ranvir Shorey as Vakil Singh
Ashutosh Rana as Balkhandiya Singh Gujjar
Lankesh Bhardwaj as Inspector Fort
Khushiya as Sonchiriya
Wolf Rajput as Veer
Jaspal Sharma as Lachchu
Gagan Dev Riar as Khalifa
Ram Naresh Diwakar as Natthi
Mahesh Balraj as Bhoora
Mukesh Gour as Sheetla
Harish Khanna as Kok Singh
Shridhar Dubey as Badlu Songh
Abhimanyu Arun as Balak Ram
Sampa Mandal as Phuliya
Satya Ranjan as Veera