October 24, 2020

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Chhichhore Review: Recommended!

Story:
Chhichhore takes you on an exuberant and hilarious journey of college life where you meet a bunch of interesting losers: Anni, Maya, Sexa, Derek, Mummy, Acid, and Bevda. They as a group go through a seamless transition from past to present and end up at a reunion they could never have thought of.

Plus Points:
• Director Nitesh Tiwari is a great storyteller and had full control over the film. The audience might compare the film with ‘3 Idiots’ but it’s entirely different & has conveyed a very strong message to the youth i.e. ‘Failure is not the end of life’.
• Sushant Singh Rajput & all other male actors performed very well. In fact, all are heroes. Most of the funny & emotional scenes belong to the entire group and none can take solo credit.
• Pratiek babbar is terrific. He should have been given more space.
• Story (Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta & Nikhil Malhotra) is well written. The screenplay is very interesting & full of light moments with plenty of doses of emotions. Dialogues are simply outstanding & hilarious at places.
• Cinematography (Amalendu Chowdhary) is of high standards & captured the time span of 1992 to 2019 fantastically.
• It is a complete family film. College & hostel life is superbly portrayed which every youth would connect with.
• In the entire film, flashbacks are beautifully rendered without any confusion.
• The film has all the ingredients for youth (hostel pranks, college romance, sports tournament & rivalry between two teams)
• ‘Chhichhore’ has a relevant message on the inherent attitude towards academic success and failure that will connect with many youngsters. It tells you that the journey is far more important than the destination and that losing is as critical a life lesson as winning.
• The film takes you on a nostalgic trip for sure!
• The song “Fikar Not” in the climax is beautifully picturized by mixing old & current makeover of each character.

Minus Points:
• Elderly look of Shushant Singh Rajput is not convincing.
• Shraddha Kapoor is strictly ok with a relatively smaller role & didn’t have much to do. Her presence hardly matters in the drama. She carries a single expression throughout.
• Not a single song (Pritam) is a chart buster.
• The tittle ‘Chhichhore’ doesn’t have much youth appeal.
• Editing (Charu Shree Roy) should have been sharper. The length of the film (2 hours 30 mins) is a big issue, needed atleast 15 / 20 mins trimming.
• Characterizations of the friends are not well established.
• Entire second half belongs to sports without any thrill of “Lagaan” or “Dangal”.
• Doctor’s entry after every 15 mins is irritating and should have been avoided.
• Film is strictly one time watch & doesn’t have repeat value. It has no magic of 3 idiots.

Short Review:
Chhichhore is so relatable that it felt like one is reliving his/her entire 4 years of engineering college before their eyes from every small detail to big. Director Nitesh Tiwari has followed up Dangal with another brilliant film where the laughs, tears, joy, & euphoria engulf you in a wave of emotions. Coming two the performances, Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor & the rest of the cast live every length, breath, & depth of their characters, but its Varun Sharma’s ‘Sexa’ who steals the show, by demonstrating a range that far exceeds comedy gold. Admittedly, the movie does dip in a few portions during the present timeline, but, thankfully, Tiwari comprehended that it was the flashbacks which were his strong suit, & focused majorly on them to deliver a heartfelt and out-an-out, feel-good film where everyone will go home both entertained & a bit wiser.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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