Anubhav Sinha’s directorial Bheed has finally been released in theatres and needless to say it has touched the hearts of netizens. It seems almost like a scripted tale right now but three years back, this was the reality that India and the world at large were grappling with. Bheed is the reflection of a time when the COVID-19 pandemic took the lives of millions of people, and rendered them homeless. Shot in black and white, this film tells the tragic ordeal of migrant workers in 2020. Early reviews of Bheed have already started pouring in on Twitter and Twitterati is applauding Sinha and the film’s cast for such a masterpiece.

Starring Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednedkar, Ashutosh Rana, Pankaj Kapur, Dia Mirza, Kritika Kamra and several other actors, Bheed is another brave attempt by Sinha highlighting the crisis faced by the country in 2020. A government-imposed lockdown, the migration of lakhs and lakhs of workers from urban to rural areas, and the challenges faced by the people overall – Bheed showcases the heart-rending reality of the pandemic. The helplessness that came with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic is adeptly portrayed by the stellar cast of Bheed.

Bheed: A documentation of the precarious times

Bheed’s trailer gave a glimpse of how people from different strata of society dealt with the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown. Police officer Surya (Rajkummar Rao), a competent and righteous cop is seen navigating through the turbulent times of COVID-19 whilst handling the caste, creed, and religious prejudices that come along with the pandemic. A rich woman (Dia Mirza) tries to cross cities’ borders while sitting peacefully in her car. Meanwhile, a young woman who worked as a maid in the city risks her life to get her father home to their village. We also see an elderly security guard travelling on a bus back to his home; a journalist from a TV news channel is seen covering a ground report. Bheed is reminiscent of the tumultuous time that India struggled with almost three years back.

Bheed review on Twitter

Produced by Indian studio T-Series and Benaras Mediaworks, the international distribution for Bheed is being handled by Reliance Entertainment.

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