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Chhichhore Review: An Excellent Blend of Nostalgia and Harsh Reality
Of all the 30 chapters among the three parts of Atlas Shrugged, the most favourite one for most of Ayn Rand’s fans is the story of Francisco d’Anconia and Dagny Taggart. Heartwarming as it is it’s packed with a brutal punch of how a man should be and the same chapter ends on a sad note on the surface but it’s ultra optimistic if you go deeper.
Life is like Francisco d’Anconia’s laughter. And on the surface, it may look bleaker for most people. But if you peel off the layers of influences and masks, what you have is an unbridled happiness. That’s why the wise often say look into yourself. The inner self. The real you. You only. You. On the surface, Chhichhore may means lack of respect. But if we dig deeper it means laid-back. Glib. Talkative.
The story of this film with an ensemble cast led by Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor starts with the suicide attempt of a teenager who needs not just physical but mental recuperation. He’s lost. He needs urgent attention. Not just if medical doctors. But the doctors of love. That is... his parents. But they are divorced. Because... you know.
Stress and anxiety is a reality for many young students in India. It may be due to high competition but in reality it is because of expectations from the parents, society and the peer pressure which is always there which is mostly self-imposed. Raghav, the above said teenager ends up in hospital. His parents now feel the anxiety of saving their son.
The film then on take a different route than what we expect and Anirudh aka Anni, the father -played by the excellent Sushant Singh thinks that going down the memory lane is the only way to find the right solution for the predicament of his son. He is joined by his estranged wife who was also from his own college and it is mostly the story of Anni and his six friends, their college and hostel life, the sports competitions, love and bonding.
Writing and direction
The writing of the film is thicker when it comes to the flashback episode and lacks such depth when it comes to the present day. But the message it set out to give is relevant and essential. The narration is heartwarming for the most part and the student life both present and past is presented in an authentic manner. But Bollywood writers need to come out of the 3-Idiots-mania when conceiving of the college scenes. There may be a few scenes we may cringe at but it’s reality of youth’s life. No?
The screenplay is breezy in the first half. It moves at an even pace. The story and its theme are established earlier and the tense moments of the parents desperation to save their son are done well. The actors need credit too of course. But the second half has take a beating and the majority of it feels dragged. The long runtime might not have been a problem had the second half also proceeded at an even pace like the first half. But the film gets back into the track once again in the final half hour. The climax is energetic.
Sushant Singh Rajput is terrific in the youthful sequences of the student life (flashbacks) but is just passable in in the elder avatar. But Shraddha Kapoor carries the present day scenes on her shoulders. She’s confident. And in the college day scenes she’s a delight to watch. Back to her best after an indifferent performance in her latest blockbuster biggie.
Now, coming to other actors in the bunch of friends, Varun Sharma steals the show in many of the scenes with his comic timing. He’s the backbone of the college scenes. Tahir Raj Bhasin is impressive as the intense Derek. Naveen Polishetty who scored a memorable hit in Tollywood recently is freakish good in a few scenes.
Prateik Babbar is neat in his (grey-shade) character. Tushar Pandey and Saharsh Singh also enhance the film with their likeable performances. All the actors shared a great chemistry and really appeared like long time friends on the screen. The director has brought their best in this respect. Full marks to Nitesh Tiwari.
The music is neat and the background score is excellent. The cinematography is dynamic. The manner it captured various moods of the film is excellent. Visuals are cool. The production design is superb. The editing is decent without unnecessary jerks but could have chopped off at least 15 minutes to make the narration look more slick in the second half. The production values are top-notch.
Chhichhore is a lighthearted film to begin with and is a fun look back at college days and also blends it with the harsh reality the students face these days. The cutthroat competition and the gap between the children and parents which add more to the stress related problems are done pointed out well. You can watch it for the present day situation of the youth or for the nostalgic factor of the 1990s part of the film. Either way, you’ll be satisfied.
• Essential message packed with nostalgic trio down the lane and fun
• Excellent cast and the chemistry
• Fun narration
• 3 Idiots vibes
• Second half feels like a drag
Pycker Rating: 3 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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After Dangal, Nitesh Tiwari's next hard-hitting film Chhichhore is making all king of right noises at the box office. The campus drama is winning over people and the audiences are calling it one of the best Bollywood movies of 2019. With such a huge star cast, Nitesh knew how to accommodate such talented actors in one frame. There are some great reviews coming in for the movie. Let's check out what critics and audiences are saying about the movie.
The campus drama is being loved by the audiences as the film has its heart in the right place. People are appreciating the acting of lead characters: Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor. But special mention is being given to Varun Sharma's Sexa character. Celebrities, critics and audiences, everyone is in awe of this film. The movie is striking right chords with the viewers.
What is Chhichhore About?
It has been a comedy holiday for quite some time in Bollywood with last major release which entertained the audience unconditionally was De De Pyaar De and it was four months ago. Everyone likes to enjoy a few good laughs which don't insult the intelligence of the audience or makes them forget the day to day rut of life. Here comes Nitesh Tiwari's Chhichhore.
The film tells the story of a group of friends in two timelines (no, not like what you think of) and obviously it's a sort of multi-starrer. Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor whois fresh off the box office success of the biggest action-adventure of the year Saaho (of course, at least in its Hindi version) lead an excellent cast which comprises of Varun Sharma and Prateik Babbar. Tollywood's latest young star and known to Bollywood audience through AIB, Naveen Polishetty also joins the ensemble.
Quirky but neat comedy
The official storyline of the film says that Chhichhore is about a group of seven friends and follows their lives from 1992 to today. And we know that it has to show our lead actors in their aged-avatars. The film climaxes with the friends' search for Anni (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Maya's (Shraddha Kapoor) son in their old age and saves him.
The film promises a unique take on friendships and reunion of friends. Apart from this, the Nitesh Tiwari directorial promises a lot of fun moments. Prateik Babbar will be seen playing a negative role. There will certainly be nostalgic moments and the youthful exuberance (when the protagonists are young) adds to the charm.
The ensemble cast
Chhichhore boasts of a host of talented actors in the form of Sushant Singh Rajput who was last seen in the classic Sonchiriya as a morally upright bandit. And there couldn't be a better contrast between the roles he played than this film when compared to Sonchiriya. Shraddha Kapoor after a big-ticket actioner joins the small scale fun once again. Exactly a year ago she had delivered one of the most memorable horror comedies in a long time, Stree. Seems this pre-Dasara season is a happy hunting ground for the actress.
We have Varun Sharma whose comic timing saved more than a few badly written setpieces in his recent releases and then there is the baddie (OMG!) Prateik Babbar. Newcomer Naveen Polishetty is also fresh off a highly acclaimed detective film in Tollywood. trust us, his comic timing matches that of the best in the business. Tahir Raj Bhasin, Tushar Pandey rounds off the ensemble.
Nitesh Tiwari and his team
Like his previous directorial is India's biggest grossing film of all time (worldwide), Dangal, Nitesh Tiwari has taken a simplistic and low on stakes comedy this time as a change of pace. Chhichhore may not become another biggest grosser but it sure has everything to become a solid hit. While Pritam composed the songs, Sameer Uddin handles the musical score. Amalendu Chowdhary's cinematography promises to present the film in a vibrant manner.
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