Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Prateik Babbar, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty and others
Nitesh Tiwari

From the trailers of the film, it was evident we will have a nice nostalgic trip around the days when dreams were still plausible and reality didn’t come to bite at every turn of the day. But nothing, absolutely nothing prepared me for the simple story that Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta and Nikhil Malhotra had in store with Chhichhore.

Raghav (Mohammed Samad) is battling with life, a life he seems to want nothing from. A life that he was willingly giving up because he couldn’t pass the entrance examinations for Engineering. With both his parents – Annirudh (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Maya (Shraddha Kapoor) successful in engineering, Raghav feels like a loser.

The estranged couple themselves don’t know what to make out of life, seeing their son grappling with his precious life that he almost lost with his attempt to commit suicide. Not knowing what to do, Annirudh calls the people he always could fall back on, his friends from college. Despite the years that have passed, despite the many calls they didn’t get around making – the friendship stayed. With the first call Sexa (Varun Sharma), Acid (Naveen Polishetty), Derek (Tahir Bhasin)… the entire gang once again stand together. Something they did decades ago, when they were the losers and thought winning would be everything. 

From the moment the film starts rolling, you are hooked.  You find glimpses of your past, present or perhaps even future, in some or the other characters that Nitesh has chalked. While a healthy dose of nostalgia can always make your heart smile, Chhichhore also gives you a healthy dose of heart. The simple story-telling doesn’t get preachy and yet, tells us all about how to take a punch on your chin and not back down from failure. Making it one of the most needed film for the millennials who spend days living a perfect life on social media not knowing how to deal with things when crap hits the ceiling.

The dialogues are hilarious and pretty whacky, nerds will dig into the lines about how a beautiful girl in engineering is like the Halley’s Comet coming once in 75 years and such. Every small nuance that fill the frame will fill up your senses. 

While the credit of it all mostly lies with Nitesh, the actors have all held their own very well. Sushant Singh is of course the highlight. He does complete justice to his role as a college goer and also as a parent. He is really turning out to be the bigger player in Bollywood. Despite the fact that he doesn’t manage to really set sparks through his chemistry with Shraddha, there are too many things happening to be bothered about the loss of romance. Varun as Sexa seems like an extension of Chucha from Fukhrey but he seems to have better lines this time around. However, as an actor it is about time that Varun reinvents. Shraddha looks very pretty through the film but doesn’t get a moment of glory to bask in. Prateik (sans the Babbar now) is really good in the film despite being a grey character. 

Chhichhore showcases adequately in terms of cinematography (Amalendu Chowdhary) and editing (Charu Shree Roy) but the songs are nothing to write about. The film’s troughs are few and far between in comparisons to its crests which is precisely what a good film should be. Cheers to Nitesh Tiwari from all cinema lovers!

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