Chhichhore Movie Review: Nitesh Tiwari is the real hero of this heart-warming tale of friendship and life’s failures

What is it about…

Aniruddha Pathak (Sushant Singh Rajput) is a divorcee who has the custody of his teenage son, Raghav. The kid has devoted two years for his life to clear the engineering entrance exams but fails to do so in the first attempt. He attempts suicide but survives with critical brain injuries. His father decides to recount his hostel days to his son and how his bunch of losers (friends) emerged as winners in their own eyes. It also leads to an emotional reunion between Aniruddha and his buddies.

What is hot…

The film beautifully captures the period of the early ’90s. Nitesh Tiwari, Nikhil Mehrotra and Piyush Total deserves full marks for their writing. The one-liners are hilarious and their execution is even better. You will laugh your hearts out in the hostel scenes. Coming to the performances, Varun Sharma steals the show as Sexa. He nails the role of the cute horny collegian to perfection. Sushant Singh Rajput has a ball playing the young Anni and his comic timing is good. Shraddha Kapoor does not have much to do as the young Maya but fares excellently in the emotional scenes. Naveen Polishetty, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Prateik Babbar play their parts well. However, Tushar Pandey as Mummy and Saharsh Shukla as Bevda are fabulous. In short, Nitesh Tiwari has made his cast deliver and how! Khairiyat and Pagle Fikar Not are songs you will enjoy. In a light-hearted manner Chhichhore delivers a message about how our self-esteem is what matters ultimately in life’s journey. It touches upon the flaws of the education system but it is not preachy.

What is not…

If you feel that Chhichhore is like 3 Idiots then you are mistaken. It is not even a middle class version of Student Of The Year. Yes, there are similarities but on a surface level. One of the things that people might argue about is that the tale is told from a male perspective.

BL Verdict

Chhichhore is a film that leaves you with a huge smile on your face. It is heart-warming and introspective. You will enjoy irrespective of whether you ever lived in a hostel or not. This should be on your must watch list for September.

Rating:3.5 out of 53.5 Star Rating