Movie Review by Rishi Kapoor
A perfect mashup of Dil Chahta Hai , 3 idiots & Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander , the end product is brilliant. Third solo directed movie by Nitesh Tiwari after Bhoothnath returns & the blockbuster Dangaal ( he debuted with chillar party which was co-directed by Vikas Bahl of queen fame) will take you on a nostalgia trip to your college days with an engaging narrative and flashback sequences.
The film starts with Aniruddh and Maya’s (Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor) son involved in a tragedy after failing to secure a coveted seat in India’s top engineering college, unlike his father and mother, who were rank holders. This leads to a reunion between Aniruddh and his college friends – Varun Sharma as Sexa, Tahir Raj Bhasin as Derek, Naveen Polishetty as Acid, Tushar Pandey as Mummy and Saharsh Shukla as Bevda. The gang starts telling stories of their eventful college life to the kid, who can speak clearly in the film despite the circumstances, hoping that their story can improve his condition. So we go into flashback and see the actors narrate to Aniruddh and Maya’s son, and us, tales of their lively college life.
Brilliant writing loaded with comic punches, one-liners and genuinely funny jokes makes Chhichhore a winner. Full credit to the writers for ensuring that the humour is not even remotely slapstick.
Keeping the storytelling simple, Nitesh made an intelligent move to weave flashback sequences into the present day, and keep audiences attentive. Though mostly predictable, the build-up towards the climax manages to look intriguing,
Everyone in the cast aptly fits in their respective parts and doing full justice to their screen-time. The way each character is introduced in the film with minute detailing and individual traits, it makes you sit up and take notice.
While Sushant & Shraddha leads the pack but movie strength lies in the sheer brilliance of its supporting characters. Sexa (Varun Sharma) wins you over with his impeccable comic timing as the porn-obsessed good-at-heart cutie while Derek (Tahir Raj Bhasin) leaves quite an impression as the intense, brooding senior who’s been trying to cut off the tag of a ‘loser’ since the past three years. However, it’s ‘Acid’ (Naveen Polishetty) who shines in a role that seems to be tailer-made for him. You might recognise him from several AIB videos (if not, do yourself a favour and go watch him nailing his act there as well), which seem to have been prepping him for his finale performance in Chhichhore. ‘Bevda’ (Saharsh Kumar Shukla) and ‘Mummy’ (Tushar Pandey) bring the utmost sincerety in their flawed characters with their earnest performances.
Special mention to Pratiek Babbar who plays the antagonist with aplomb (how we wish we’d get to see him more often on screen)! Once again, Nitesh Tiwari deserves applauds for managing to extract such performances from the huge cast and giving each of them their moments of glory while telling us that life’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s about how you play the game! The music by pritam syncs well.
The prosthetic Make-up of all the cast in the older age could have been better .Overall it’s a must watch movie , go with your friends and revisit your college days.