Director Nitesh Tiwari’s nostalgic drama takes you back to the good ol’ days, fueled with some tight humour, genuine moments and a not-so-convincing Sushant–Shraddha coupling!
Rating – 2.5 / 5 ⭐⭐½
I’ve been reading a lot of reviews comparing Chhichhore to Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. Well, before you read this one, let me just tell you – the two cannot (and should not) be compared. While they’re both built on a competitive Indian engineering college base, 3 Idiots was more of a multidimensional take on real world hardships of IIT-type schools, whereas, our film of the hour, Chhichhore, focuses primarily on the fun times, with regards to the social struggles of hostel students.
This reminiscent college drama revolves around Anirudh Pathak aka Anni (Sushant Singh Rajput), whose son Raghav attempts suicide after failing his engineering entrance exam, with the fear of being labelled as a ‘loser’. Anni and his ex-wife Maya (Shraddha Kapoor) call their long-lost buddies for a reunion to share their collective experience as being the official college losers!
Chhichhore achieves its goal in every way possible by being one of those 100% positive vibes film! Featuring some inexplicably relatable feel-good moments, this movie brings on a smile and hits the emotional chords right from the start. The first scene itself, consisting of a so-called “tub fight”, sets the stage perfectly and the remainder of this 2 hour 26 minute show is a collection of everything that comprises university life – pulling off absurd pranks, unfiltered jokes about masturbation, hostel ‘jugaads’, innocent love, and of course, competition. But the film gains most of its points for its undoubtedly accurate humour timing, all thanks to our Fukra Varun, of course – Chhichhore’s heartfelt comedy peaks during the pre- and post-interval segments, mostly centered around the General Championship, leaving you with that stomach-pain laughter and watery eyes.
“ Pata nahi kya jaadu hai college life mein, jahan anjaane milte hai aur dost ban jaate hai, zindagi bhar ke liye! Aur aise vaise dost nahi…kutte dost!”
But let’s take a moment to appreciate the fabulously sketched out supporting characters (before I discuss the quite average leads) – right from the chubby Sexa (Varun Sharma), whose pervy sex jokes eventually became an addiction, to the rage-filled Acid (Naveen Polishetty), who only had ‘maa-behen ki gaaliyaan’ in his dictionary! Each one of the squad members had a spotlight of their own, sharing an equal responsibility of constantly entertaining and engaging the audience. What’s cool is that there was absolutely no overlap in their personalities (very very strategic move) that came out all the more distinctly during a scene where each of them pledge to give up on the thing they love the most. Having said that, our main hero-heroine of this film totally failed to impress! Okay, maybe Sushant chocolate-boy looks worked in his favour during the college scenes but other than that, Shraddha & he both slumped big time!
My biggest complaint? Chhichhore’s base plot with Anni’s son Raghav attempting suicide came across as greatly superficial, taking away slightly from the urgency and honestly of this genuine attempt. While the parts involving college life were spot on, the old age hospital scenes lacked soul, coming across as rather pretentious and laughable. Also, are receding hairlines the only way to depict old age? Except Shraddha, who still looks bomb!
A sincere, fun watch for those of you up for a nostalgic trip down college memory lane, the kind that makes you simply want to give your buddies one tight hug!
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