SEVEN & A HALF STARS!
For all of you with any heart condition, think twice about watching this tale. This movie is not like the ordinary sister tale from somewhere away from the cry and chaos of metropolitan cities rather it is the horrific and heartbreaking story of sisters who are separated and hurt by the mean world. But what keeps them going? Well, their love and strong bond.
Set in a land unknown, Love Sonia is a story of two inseparable sisters Sonia (Mrunal Thakur) and Preeti (Riya Sisodiya). Belonging to an average farmer family, the sisters loved each other more than anything else. However, fate had other plans. Their poor farmer father Shiva (Adil Hussain), who is on the verge of dying under monetary pressure of Dada Thakur (Anupam Kher) decides to do the worst thing (not suicide but something much worse!)
Shiva sells his daughter Preeti to Dada Thakur, who then sends her to Mumbai in a whorehouse; sad reality and a heartbreaking truth. Little did we know, Sonia is on the dangerous road of finding her loved sister Preeti in a place full of inhumanity! Cut to the brothel which is managed by Faizal aka Baabu Bhai (Manoj Bajpayee) and Madhuri (Richa Chadha). Things that go inside are much worse than your worst nightmares but still, Sonia leaves no stone unturned to reunite with her sister, even if those decisions were against her conscience.
Love Sonia is a work of art and time, however it is also one such film that you cannot visit again. The movie captures every emotion and tears your heart away. From showcasing the most disturbing places to making you weep, Tabrez Noorani has perfectly compiled these knotty and shocking facts of life. The creative team of the movie has been on point at all times. From Ritesh Shah’s barbaric Hindi dialogues to Shahid Aamir's realistic costumes and Seema Kashyap’s sets in India that is an illusion of the reality.
I don't think it's possible to not applaud at the fantastic performances of ever individual star. Beginning with the newbie, Mrunal Thakur aced it in her debut movie! It’s said an actor’s test is when he/she can cry well and Mrunal along with Riya Sisodiya (Sonia’s sister Preeti in the film) score full marks in this department. Mrunal, with her performance, was a perfect choice to portray what Tabrez needed to say. Though having a limited scope, Riya Sisodiya shines with her edgy portrayal of Preeti. Manoj Bajpayee potrays the role of Baabu Bhai, the hard-boiled brothel owner and honestly, he owns’ it in every way. The way Manoj has worked with his wicked voice is remarkable. Richa Chadha as Madhuri showcases herseld as a flawless pimp. Rajkummar Rao, limited screen time as just as expected. Frieda Pinto is a delight to watch because of her motion and gestures however, she overplays. Adil Hussain continues his hard work and does a fine job as a helpless farmer and father he expresses well. Sai Tamhankar, please do more Bollywood projects! And lastly, veteran Anupam Kher totally nails it in the disturbing build-up of the movie.
How is Love Sonia for a debutant director? Well Tabrez, why so late? His direction and metaphorical end are beyond compliment-worthy! Nies Bye Nielsen’s background music is ‘just there’ throughout and there is nothing path breaking. One feels it might be a conscious decision to not go all out with the music given the rawness the makers needed with the scenes. A.R. Rahman ends the movie on a high note with his song I Am More performed by Bishop Briggs.
With nothing more to stay, please do go and watch this movie ONCE. It portrays the harsh reality which we all know exists somewhere between us all. However, do keep your appetite in mind. SEVEN & A HALF STARS!