CHHICHHORE MOVIE REVIEW
Critic's Rating: 3.5/5
Based on friendship
Story: Raghav, son of high achieving parents capitulate to the pressure that comes with killer entrance exams. As he battles for life in a hospital, his parents regroup with their friends after decades. Together, this older generation, goes on a recollection trip reminiscing their college days, hoping their bittersweet memories will help save a teenager, who has lost all will to live.
Review: Stress and overwhelming anxiety is a reality for many young students in India. More so, for those who appear for highly competitive engineering and medical entrance exams. And the ones who do not make it through the criteria often find themselves in a whirlpool of doubt and depression. Unable to take the failure in the face of family and peer pressure, they often resort to actions which can cause irreparable damage to themselves and their families. While this bleak reality is at the center of Chhichhore's narrative, its heart and soul is purely reserved for the carefree college and hostel days that shape lifelong bonds and life lessons.
As the film's narrative walks us down the hostel corridors, director Nitesh Tiwari creates an authentic world that is evidently filled with nuggets of nostalgia and a breezy, vibrant energy. There are some genuinely very funny moments that click but also be prepared for a generous helping of low-brow, frat boy jokes, all of which may not be palatable. However, there is no doubt that in its flashback mode packed with romance, comedy, a sporting championship and some hard realities of hostel life Chhichhore soars. And when it zips back to the present day, where the group has an unlikely reunion, its heartwarming to witness that their friendship has survived the test of time and distance.
Chhichhore has a relevant message on the inherent attitude towards academic success and failure that will connect with many youngsters and parents of today. The film scores on many accounts and is certainly worth watching.
Varun Dhawan also shared pictures with the three "very close" friends he mentioned - Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma and producer Sajid Nadiadwala - from the screening. Chhichhore also stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Naveen Polishetty, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Prateik Babbar in key roles.