Chichhore Review: It’s funny, inspiring; supporting cast specially Varun Sharma steals the show

The movie starts slowly, almost disappointing you with its sad overtones. But gradually, it becomes funny, gripping, interesting

Chichhore Review: It’s funny, inspiring; supporting cast specially Varun Sharma steals the show

Pragati Saxena

The movie starts slowly, almost disappointing you with its sad overtones. But gradually, it becomes funny, gripping, interesting.

Broadly saying, the theme looks like another 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar' ; a rivalry between the privileged and the underdog. But closely looking at it, the film is an interesting fusion in the narration of two major themes dominating college life; one is the college (especially hostel life) life, and another is the aspiration to get admission into the college of your choice.

Though the story focuses on a suicide attempt by the only child of successful parents because he is not able to clear an entrance exam, it deftly goes back to the parents' past and tells another and funnier story of the struggle of a bunch of engineering students to prove themselves in sports. There is this story of love and divorce of the kid's parents too. Director/ writer Nitesh Tiwari successfully strikes a chord with the audience taking up a sensitive issue of suicides due to academic pressure, giving the plot a funny twist without actually highlighting more serious (read controversial) aspects of the issue.

But the paradox in the story is that while it does focuses on the fact that failures and successes are a part of life and not life itself, the struggle of college students focuses on success only. Although, well, at the end the protagonist does mention that success is not as important as the fight we give to achieve it.

The good thing is that the film highlights the obsession of our younger generation with passing the reputed entrance exams. But it does that without actually pointing towards parental pressure or flaws in our education system which inadvertently ends up giving so much importance to these exams.

The film belongs to all the supporting cast. Mummy (Tushar Pandey), Acid (Naveen Polishetty), Derek (Tahir Bhasin) and especially Varun Sharma in the role of Sexa steal the show. Sushant and Shraddha do justice to their roles. In fact when the story is good and the director tells it deftly, the actors, even if with average capability tend to fall in line.

Music is mostly situational and not much to talk about. ‘Fikar not’ is the only song that remains in mind when you leave the hall besides the nostalgia of the college life.

The film belongs to mainly the characters and should be watched for the sheer fun and 'lesson' that it carries within.

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