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BHONSLE (2020 / SonyLiv) - Wish this was a better film presenting the praiseworthy lead performance, strongly reminding you of the similar theme in Clint Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
28 Jun, 2020 | Movie Reviews / 2020 Releases / ALL ABOUT INSPIRED MOVIES / Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / B

When the lead performer of a bravely made film rises much above the film itself and the team behind the screen isn’t able to support the actor as it should have, then it’s not only sad but highly unfortunate both for the actor and the viewers together.

Putting it differently, BHONSLE written and directed by Devashish Makhija is a film, in which, I would love to praise the performances of the entire cast led by the ever dependable Manoj Bajpai. Would like to applaud the courage shown by the makers taking up the controversial subject of racism in these vulnerable times and would appreciate the production house too for backing such brave and off-beat projects defying the current norms. 

However would still not be able to praise the film in totality, as it sadly fails to make the best of its worth praising merits, and doesn’t turn out to be any engaging or a powerful, thought-provoking film, that strongly forces you to think about the ugly discrimination being practiced all around. To be fair, as seen in many other films of this genre (made with two minds), BHONSLE too, largely suffers due to its over-artistic and dark presentation of the subject that keeps struggling to impress the viewer despite the towering presence of a veteran actor.

Moreover, though many writing on the film haven’t mentioned the evident fact for their own reasons. But in reality BHONSLE can certainly be called a very dark and at your face kind of highly Indianized version of Clint Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO (2008), which honestly happens to be a far better and enjoyable film based on an exactly similar premise.

Gran Torino - BTCSo where BHONSLE can specifically be seen only for Manoj Bajpayi alone, GRAN TORINO should be seen for its overall impact and of course for Clint Eastwood, who produced, directed and enacted in the film at the age of 80+ and is still into making films at around 90.

Concluding on another blunt note, BHONSLE is yet another film that has thankfully released on the online portals (finding more audience), as it wouldn’t have got any kind of favourable response in the theaters for sure.

Rating - 2.5 / 5
 
(Note : At the time of writing these notes, BHONSLE could be seen at Sony Live and GRAN TORINO could be seen at Netflix for a subscription)

Tags : BHOSLE (2020) Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, BHOSLE and GRAN TORINO, Manoj Bajpai and Clint Eastwood, Inspired Hindi Films, Hindi Films Inspired From World Cinema
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