‘Bastar: The Naxal Story’ movie review | …an eye opener

Movie: Bastar: The Naxal Story
Starring: Adah Sharma, Indira Tiwari, Yashpal Sharma, Subrat Dutta, Vijay Krishna, Shilpa Shukla, Raima Sen
Director: Sudipto Sen
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 15.03.2024
Rating: 4/5

By Yogesh Mishra
‘Bastar: The Naxal Story’ is a well-researched and brilliantly written story on the prevailing network and brutal actions of naxals in the Bastar area of Chhattisgarh.

The story revolves around a small tribal family of Ratna (Indira Tiwari) living with her husband (played by Subrat Dutta) and her two kids. They live in the Bastar area of Chhattisgarh, which is considered the most naxal-affected area. Lanka Reddy (Vijay Krishna), the leading face of the naxal group in the region, brutally cuts her husband’s body from an axe in 32 parts publicly for hosting the Indian flag in their village, which according to the naxals was against their rules. They forcefully take Ratna’s son to join their group and give her the parts of her husband’s body. This was not just the only case, but they repeat the same brutal story with every villager who has even a little respect for India. In such a scenario, IPS officer Neerja Madhavan (Adah Sharma) takes charge of the Bastar region and starts operations against the naxals. Does she become successful in her mission? Does she become able to give justice to Ratna or the many other Ratna-type people in the area? The climax is the real crux of the story. So, to know what happens at the end, one must watch the film.

Actress Adah Sharma is the centre of attraction in the film. She has impressed the audience with her mind-blowing performance. Actor Vijay Krishna is another attraction of the film. Although actor Subrat Dutta has a small role, he made his presence felt. Apart from them, other artists like Indira Tiwari, Yashpal Sharma, Shilpa Shukla and Raima Sen have also done justice to their parts.

A few brutal murder scenes are portrayed in such a way that we can’t see them. Director Sudipto Sen has brilliantly executed every frame in such a way that it seems real and becomes really an eye-opener. So, this is strictly avoidable for people with weak hearts. If you are planning to watch this film, strictly avoid taking kids to the cinema.

Overall, we can say that after The Kerala Story, this is another masterpiece by director Sudipto Sen and filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Director has done a brilliant job of bringing this to the public. So, why wait? Go and watch it in your nearest cinema hall.