Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee as Man Singh, Sushant Singh Rajput as Lakhna Singh, Bhumi Pednekar as Indumati Tomar, Ranvir Shorey as Vakil Singh, Ashutosh Rana as Inspector Virender Singh Gujjar, and Khushiya as Khushi aka Sonchiriya.
Sonchiriya tells the tale of a band of dacoits who call themselves the Baaghis and the curse which leads to their eradication. Man Singh is the leader of the pack while Vakil Singh is the second in command. Lakhna is a relatively younger member of this group which is haunted by Special Task Force inspector Virendra Singh Gujjar who hatches a plan to kill all the dacoits at once. It was during the time of Emergency in India. And the story happens in the Chambal area.
The leader Man Singh is killed protecting the father of their informer of sorts, Lachchu, who gave them information about a big dowry given to a bride when the Baaghis attempted to loot. While escaping, the rest of the gang is divided whether to surrender to the police as their survival is getting tougher with each passing moment or to continue to lead their life following Baaghi Dharma. Lakhna suggests surrendering while Vakil Singh disagrees.
This is when the wife of Thakur, Indumati along protecting a little girl named Khushi, bumps into them. She has been running away from Thakur's men who are out to kill her and Khushi. Khushi was raped by one of her family members and in anger, she killed that person and escaped with the girl. She asks Lakhna and the gang to help her take Khushi to the hospital.
Lakhna perceives Khushi is the Sonchiriya (a metaphor for savior girl) who could save them from the curse and vows to help her. But Inspector Gujjar is hot at their heels and so is Vakil Singh who vowed to kill Lakhna and his followers. Will the curse be lifted off the Baaghis? Could Lakhna and his gang help Indumati and Khushi reach the hospital? And if and how they escape from the wrath of the Thakur's and the inspector form the rest of the story.
Sonchiriya received universal critical acclaim from Indian film critics who proclaimed the film as an instant classic. Some of the top critics rated the film as one of the greatest films of this genre in the world and compared it to such films as Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. The performances are termed pitch perfect and the direction masterful. Despite initial positive word of mouth, Sonchiriya failed to set the box office on fire but remains a popular film among serious movie buffs.