It’s not easy to touch a sensitive topic of academic pressure, depression, anxiety all mixed in one. But this one not only stumbles upon the topic but also clearly delivers the message which in most of the case only happens to be just a part of a movie.
The story is based on the son of high achieving parents, Raghav who succumbs to the pressure that comes with cut-throat entrance exams. As he battles for life in a hospital, his parents reunite with their friends after decades to go on a nostalgia trip reminiscing their college days in a hope that these memories will help save a teenager who has lost the will to live.
Stress has become the root cause of problems especially for the young students who are always in a race to compete with one another in their respective field of work. At times, they have to deal with repercussion due to unable to take failures which cause irreplaceable damage to themselves and their families.
The narrative of the movie is what is the center and the heart and soul are reserved for the college and hostel days that gives life long bonds and life lessons.
Annirudh (Sushant Singh Rajput) lovingly called Anni by his college buddies and Maya (Shraddha Kapoor) is a divorced couple who find themselves in a desperate situation when their teenage son Raghav attempts suicide. As per the doctors, he is critical physically and mentally. Annirudh believes the only way to save him is to take him to a walk down memory lane. From there the journey back to his hostel days from engineering college begins.
That was a place where he not only fell in love with Maya but also forged friendships with Sexa (Varun Sharma), Acid (Naveen Polishetty), Derek (Tahir Raj Bhasin), Bevda ( Saharsh Kumar Shukla) and Mummy (Tushar Pandey).
Director Nitish Tiwari amazingly creates an authentic world as the narrative walks down the hostel corridor which is filled with nostalgia and vibrant energy. The flashback scenes are filled with romance, comedy and hard realities of hostel life. In the present times where they have an unlikely reunion, it’s heartwarming to witness that their friendship has survived the test of time and distance.
The screenplay is mostly predictable and has a hangover of the film Three Idiots. Although the pace of the movie suffers a bit in the second half where the emotional drama, fun quotient and surprise element in the climax keeps you invested.
On the performances front, Shraddha Kapoor is terrific as Maya and delivers a solid performance both in the young and old version. Sushant Singh Rajput outshines as Anni but playing the older version, he seems to be a bit uncomfortable. Varun Sharma steals the show with his humor and comic timing. Tahir impressive in his intense role and others also enhanced the film with their performances.
Overall, Chhichhore has its heart in the right place and delivers the relevant message on the subject of academics, success, and failure and it will surely connect with many youngsters and parents. The film is worth watching and scores high on various accounts.
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