The teaser of “Bheed” has just dropped, and it promises yet another gritty drama from director Anubhav Sinha. Starring Rajkumar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar, Kritika Kamra, Ashutosh Rana, Dia Mirza, and Pankaj Kapoor, the ensemble cast is in top form. What can be assessed from the teaser is that the film revolves around the mass migration of underprivileged people during the first lockdown witnessed during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. It was a really tough time for all of us, but especially for the daily wage earners. The film seems to be about their plight and how they were essentially left with no choice but to migrate back to their hometown in a very short span of time.
Anubhav Sinha is known for his hard-hitting dramas and does not hold back on his opinions. His recent films “Anek,” “Article 15,” and “Mulk” all deal with certain national ideas that have become the topics of some heated debates. This film seems to be made in the same vein.
The “Bheed” teaser starts with a voiceover by Rajkumar, while the title on the screen implies that the film is based on true events, albeit “invisible.” It’s these small creative jabs taken by Anubhav Sinha that make his cinema hard-hitting. We see random faces of both the old and the young almost trapped in this “crowd,” migrating back to their hometowns and facing many hardships. Rajkumar’s voiceover continues by stating that there was no plan for this “crowd” in the villages, so they came to the cities; now, there’s no plan for them in the cities either. The realization hits that maybe there never was any plan for them, and hence it is this “crowd” that will now take charge of their destinies. It’s the electrifying dialogue delivery by Rajkumar that makes us his fans, and it seems that this new directorial venture by Anubhav Sinha is going to be as electrifying, if not more. Kritika Kamra is introduced, Ashutosh Rana’s character is shown in a jeep, Dia Mirza is shown to be in a deeply emotional state, Pankaj Kapoor is shown in his ever-sturdy avatar, Bhumi Pednekar is shown carrying a mask, and last but not least, Rajkumar Rao is shown in a cop uniform, riding a bike, and running frantically amongst the crowd as the voiceover ends.
Rajkumar has been going through some ups and downs in his career. Although his performances have been praised, his films have not done well at the box office. “Hit: The First Case” was labeled a flop, “Badhai Do” had a lukewarm reception, and “Monica, Oh My Darling” was released on Netflix alone. This is going to be Rajkumar’s first collaboration with Anubhav Sinha. Sinha, who has previously shown his confidence in actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, is now trying his luck with Rajkumar, who is touted to be one of the best actors of his generation with films like “Shahid,” “Omerta,” and “Trapped” under his belt.
Bhumi Pednekar is on a roll. Since the beginning of her career, she has made it a mission to be seen for her acting range. Last seen in “Govinda Naam Mera,” Bhumi seems to have moved away from comedies or even dramedies for a while and focused on much more serious subject matters, showcasing her versatility. It’s a big outing for Kritika Kamra, as she has not done such a gritty film before. In the teaser, we can see her wearing a solemn expression, and she seems ready to give the best performance of her career.
Ashutosh Rana is a household name by now. He is not new to the Anubhav Sinha style of filmmaking. He has previously starred in Sinha’s “Mulk” and received great critical acclaim. In the trailer, we can see him with a concerned expression on his face as he sits on the edge of his seat in the jeep. Rana was last seen in “Pathaan” as Colonel Luthra, and here he is yet again, giving his best as an authoritative voice. Now, whether he is for or against the common man is a mystery to be unfolded. We will have to wait a little longer for that.
Dia Mirza is seen in an extremely vulnerable state. Mirza has also worked with Sinha before on “Thappad.” Her acting chops will be tested in this one, for sure. The Great Pankaj Kapoor appears sporting a dashing mustache and gives a sense of strength. His role will probably be a game-changer in the film.
It’s going to be a clash of so many characters, and we can trust Anubhav Sinha to extract great performances while also not shying away from uncomfortable truths at the same time. We can’t wait for the movie, and we know you can’t either. In the meantime, we will keep you updated with any news related to “Bheed.”