The story of the film starts with different people and their lives, but in the end all are seen helpless and helpless on the same side of the scales in front of the system. Surya Kumar Singh (Rajkummar Rao) is made station in-charge for a day during the lockdown, ordered to stop people coming to the state’s borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Surya realizes the seriousness of the situation when a crowd of thousands of people slowly gathers in front of him. He instructs people to stay in the field near the police station till further orders from the government.
In this crowd is a mother (Diya Mirza), who is desperate to go to another city to meet her daughter. But despite having an AC car and all the facilities, he is helpless in front of the system. There is Balram Trivedi (Pankaj Kapur) and his entire family, who want to go back to their village from the city so that even if death comes, it comes among their loved ones. There is a bus full of Muslim passengers, on whom people are accusing of spreading corona by coming in rumours. Besides, there are thousands of people, some of whom are walking 100 kms, some 500 kms, but there is still a long distance between them to reach the village. And in the midst of all this is the fear of an unseen-unheard-of disease like Corona, which Dr. Vidhi Prabhakar (Bhumi Pednekar) is battling. However, in the midst of all the pain, there is a glimpse of humanity in the film, which seems like a consolation.
It would not be wrong to say that the starcast is the strong point of this film. Rajkumar Rao has done an impressive job in the character of Surya Kumar Singh. There is a helplessness in his character. He has been carrying the pain of being discriminated against on the basis of caste since childhood. But he lives in a belief. Some of the scenes shot between Pankaj Kapur and Rajkumar Rao look fantastic. In the character of Balram Trivedi, the journey from caste arrogance to poverty is seen. At the same time, Bhumi Pednekar, who is playing the role of Rajkumar’s girlfriend and doctor, has also done a good job. Although some more strong scenes could have been given on his part. Dia Mirza is tremendous in her character. At the same time, TV journalist Kritika Kamra and Ashutosh Rana in the role of Inspector Yadav also impress. Special praise goes to Aditi Subedi and Sushil Pandey. Both may be on screen only for a short while, but their character stays with you.
Anubhav Sinha is known for his hard hitting films. After Mulk, Article 15, Thappad, he has come up with the social drama ‘Bheed’. The special thing is that he has not sensationalized this whole incident anywhere. Have not tried to spread sensation by adding any chilli-masala. The film focused on the condition and problems of the migrant laborers from the beginning till the end and this is the most positive aspect of the film. The first half of the film took some time to establish the characters, which felt a bit stretched. But before the interval, the story picks up pace and keeps you hooked till the end. The special thing is that the director has shown only one day of the lockdown, seeing which you will be uncomfortable. Whereas in reality the laborers had to face difficulties for a long time. However, there is also a glimpse of humanity in the film, which gives relief to the heart somewhere.
techno and music
The background score of the film is given by Mangesh Dhakade, which is very powerful. Music makes every scene more effective. Whereas, the song ‘Herail Baa’ composed by Anurag Saikia leaves the heart fluttering. Cinematographer Shoumik Mukherjee has captured the lockdown scenarios in the best way. At the same time, Atanu Mukherjee’s editing is good. He has covered the whole story in just 1 hour 52 minutes. By the way, some things have been cut from the sensor, which is felt. Let me tell you, this entire film has been kept in black and white, through which the director wants to tell how all the colors had disappeared from the lives of some people during that period of lockdown.
Rating – 3.5 Star
The time of lockdown was not easy for anyone. Every person was struggling with some kind of troubles. Some health related, some economic and some family related. But while some of us were solving our problems sitting at home, thousands and lakhs of laborers were walking on the roads under the scorching sun in the hope of reaching their villages, their homes. They had no food, no place to stay, no vehicle, no hope of help. Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Bheed’ shows the story of this class. It affects you emotionally. Hence, even after the film is over, you cannot detach yourself from it. 3.5 stars to ‘Bheed’ from Filmbeat.