BHONSLE

OTTAWA PREMIERE

INDIA • 2018 • 128 MIN • DRAMAHINDI, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Devashish Makhija | scr.: Devashish Makhija, Sharanya Rajgopal, Mirat Trivedi | cin.: Jigmet Wangchuk | ed.: Shweta Venkat | mus.: Mangesh Dhakde | cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Santosh Juvekar, Ipshita Chakraborty Singh, Virat Vaibhav | prod.: Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Sandiip Kapur, Piiyush Singh, Saurabh Gupta, Abhayanand Singh

DEVANSHISH MAKHIJA

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 8:40 PM • SCREEN A

In tumultuous Mumbai, at a time when scheming Maharashtrian politicians use violence to rid the state of Bihari migrants, terminally‑ill lone wolf Maharashtrian cop Bhonsle, retired against his will, finds one last battle worth fighting for. Bhonsle is that rare breed of lawman who has more regard for the human condition than for the rule book. A solitary man all his life, he now suddenly finds himself forging an unlikely companionship with young Sita and little Lalu, his new Bihari migrant neighbours in this mostly Marathi chawl. Harassed for being outsiders by the boorish local political goon, Vilasrao, they turn to Bhonsle. His noble, but desperate action takes a vicious and unexpectedly violent turn. It is his fault and he must now face the consequences, or risk losing the only two people in the world he has only just started to love.

DEVASHISH MAKHIJA was a researcher and assistant director on Black Friday, and has written numerous screenplays, notably Anurag Kashyap’s Doga. As a writer, he is known for his bestselling children’s books When Ali became Bajrangbali and Why Paploo was perplexed. He is set to direct a feature based on his short story By Two, published in the Mumbai Noir omnibus. He has written and directed a number of short films (Taandav, El’ayichi, And then they came for me, Don’t cry for Rahim LeCock, Absent), as well as feature film Ajji (Granny).

Bhonsle is his latest film.