Story: Written and directed by Devashish Makhija, Bhonsle follows a retired Mumbai cop who befriends a North Indian girl and her brother, while the local politicians try to get rid of the migrants.
Review: Bhonsle addresses one of the biggest debates of all times in Mumbai, insider verses outsider, with the backdrop of one of the biggest celebration in the city, the Ganesh festival. While the story raises many big questions about the city, migrants and political agendas, it also manages to simply be about a beautiful selfless relationship between a lonely old man and his new neighbours, a pair of siblings.
At the beginning of the film, Manoj Bajpayee’s character Bhonsle is ending the most meaningful and longest relationship in his life. As the city gears up for the biggest festival of all time, Ganesh Chaturti, Bhonsleleaves his life behind as he hands over his uniform and retires reluctantly. Bhonsle is a man of a few words, he rarely interacts with anyone in his chawl, and chooses to stay away from the fighting and confrontations between the Maharashtrians and the migrants.
The only constant in his life is his everyday routine, without which his job starts to eat up his mind. From steady habits like washing clothes, cooking and feeding his dog, he goes to living in the dark along with pests, going days without proper food. At some point of time, Bhonsle himself dreams of dying alone in the 2×2 Ki Kholi without a soul to talk to. However, he hasn’t given up hope and often takes chai in a thermos bottle for his superiors, hoping that they will help him out in getting his service extended.