Religious scriptures refer to Brahmin/Sadhu/Pandits as reverent and honorable. These godmen are said to be intermediaries between us and the divine, however, we feel heartbroken when these figures of respect turn out to be liars and criminals. It’s hard to have trust in such individuals; it’s both unsettling and enraging. Manoj Bajpaylee brings a compelling story with Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai.
When we learn about the ugly side of a ‘Baba,’ a story like Bandaa can shake us from within. The movie Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai is based on true events, so you feel even more angry when they play with the innocence of people and treat women as mere sex objects. This is about a godman who was charged with POCSO for raping a minor.
A high-profile and extraordinary case is being fought by an ordinary lawyer named PC Solanki. An unusual case of POSCO came to him when he learned about the rape trial of a renowned Godman. Solanki took the job and made sure that the culprit was behind bars by any means. Solanki goes to great lengths to prove his point to the little girl. He is determined to give her justice, but it is not an easy job. Can he bring justice to the victim by winning the case against a powerful godman accused of assaulting a minor?
I consider Manoj Bajpayee to be one of the most exquisite actors in Bollywood. His performance is so effortless that I cannot even rate or judge it. He is an actor par excellence and for those who still have doubts, I don’t know what to say. This is another stellar performance from him, one of his finest.
In addition to him, Surya Mohan Kulshrestha, who plays the baba, has limited screen time. He did a good job of convincing me that he is the antagonist. Adrija Sinha also makes an impression as the victim.
The music used behind Manoj’s walk is electrifying. You feel goosebumps and feel that truth will win the day. There’s something tantalizing about the music used in the courtroom during a verdict or even during chase sequences. It gives you an adrenaline rush.
In the movie, Deepak Kingrani tells a crisp but impactful story about rape cases. Rape cases are usually a sensitive subject and he handles them with utmost care while making sure to portray them powerfully.
In the Bandaa movie, a similar thing has happened. The facts and the true incidents were presented well. The execution flourished accordingly.
I see no one else playing the role of the lawyer better than Manoj Bajpayee. He is innocent and mellow but very stern when it comes to fighting for justice. His smile and his expressions create just the right amount of hysteria. While there are jokes that are funny, some situations make it a little funny as well.
In conclusion, Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai is an engaging and thought-provoking film that should be seen and heard. The light doses of humor, along with Manoj Bajpayee’s powerful but sincere performance, add another layer to the story composed by Apoorv Singh Karki with a unique sensitivity and soundness. It can be intense at times and highly affecting, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. According to IMDb 7.6 stars out of 10 for Manoj Bajpayee’s true performance.