Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty, PrateikBabbar, Tushar Pandey, Saharsh Kumar Shukla
Written by: Piyush Gupta, Nikhil Mehrotra, Nitesh Tiwari
CHHICHHORE is a film that tells an important story which is really relevant in today’s times. The film’s narrative constantly switches between the present and the past. Annirudh Pathak aka Anni (Sushant Singh Rajput) is a middle aged man who lives with his son Raghav (Mohammad Samad). Anni lives separately from his wife after a divorce and has gotten the custody of their son Raghav. Raghav has recently given the entrance for engineering and is visibly stressed out about the results. When the results are out, he finds out that he didn’t make it and in that fraction of moment when he has hit the lowest of the lows, thinks he is a loser and isn’t going to amount to anything in life, he decides to jump out of the balcony and tries to commit suicide. He is then rushed to the hospital and is very very critical. This is when his father Anni decides to tell him about how big a loser he and his friends were during their engineering days at National College of Technology. So the story keeps intercutting between the present and the past like that. In the past, Anni tells Raghav how everyone living in their hostel H4, was termed a loser and how he and his “Loser” friends Gurmeet Singh Dhillon aka Sexa (Varun Sharma), Acid (NavinPolishetty), Sundar aka Mummy (Tushar Pandey), Bevda (Saharsh Kumar Shukla) and Derek (Tahir Raj Bhasin) try to change their tag by winning the General Championship aka GC, an inter hostel sports tournament of the college. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The film starts off on a high note and doesn’t really drop the ball at all throughout. Once the film starts to unfold, one ca predict how the film really starts and probably how it will end, but the journey that it takes is evidently the USP of the film. The journey is what is important and within that journey the makers manage to give out their message and take it home. Although a few sequences seem stretched, the film does hit the mark. There are also a few minor issues here and there but you are willing to look them over because the film does truly entertain you.
Technically, the film was good. Cinematography by Amalendu Chaudhary is decent overall. He manages to capture the sports sequences well and even some of the hostel shots, especially one of the opening sequences. Editing by Charu Shree Roy is good and weaves together the past and the present narrative quite nicely. The production design is really good and looks authentic. Costume design is decent. The make-up and prosthetics of the actors was average but it could have been a lot better, because all of them except Shraddha Kapoor and Tushar looked older than their age in the film. The story and the script are obviously well written. The music by Pritam is not chartbuster worthy, but works nicely in the film.
Performances from the actors just takes this film up a notch. Sushant Singh Rajput plays his role with ease and makes his character look authentic. The part fit him like a glove and he makes it look effortless. Shraddha Kapoor does really great but the script limits her. She doesn’t have as important a role here as much as the “Losers” as a whole group did; it wouldn’t be wrong in calling their friendship the real protagonist of the film. But still Shraddha manages to shine with her performance. Varun Sharma is just so entertaining as Sexa in this film. He is a joy to watch and he manages to make you laugh everytime he is on the screen. Tahir Raj Bhasin gives a good performance and looks natural. He emotes really well in the film. Naveen Polishetty takes his character of Acid and breathes life into him. He does well. Tushar Pandey is fine and adds humour to the film with his character. Saharsh Kumar Shukla has a late entry in the film but he makes his presence felt and is superb as Bevda. In the climax, everyone manages to hold the audience and have done a fabulous job. PrateikBabbar leaves a mark in his small role. Mohammad Samad is decent. The rest of the cast offer good support.
Nitesh Tiwari’s direction in this film is good. He goes back and forth between the past and the prestn narratives with ease and weaves together an engaging and entertaining film. In the climax as well, he merges three different scenes which run parallel to each other very well.
At the box-office
The film has taken a decent start and it is the feel good movie of the year. The word of mouth on the movie is very good and that should help the film get to a great overall box-office total eventually as well.