"Chhichhore" is a crowd-pleasing and feel-good movie with a very solid message. I liked the way the movie presented its story and characters and liked all of them in the movie. I thought the actors did a good job and the makeup department did a convincing job as well as the characters looked older when they were supposed to. The movie has two tonally different timelines so sometimes the shift from dramatic to more lighthearted sequences felt a bit jarring. This movie has recently been compared to the "Student of the Year" movies and while the story has similar elements, this movie is significantly better. I cared far more for the characters in this movie and felt like there were actual stakes for them. Comparing the two seems wrong because this movie is on a much higher level as it works as entertainment but is also heartwarming in all the right places.
5 of 5 stars
Really an amazing movie
It shows how to overcome the difficulties, obstacles of life and the characters, actings are really2 good
5 of 5 stars
This film is literally all in its writing. Which isn't to suggest that the performers on screen — Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty (and the rest) — don't match up to the material. Oh, all of them do. They collectively shine, without doubt.
The film opens with them congregated at their college hostel, in the '90s. It's in the next scene — as Rajput's leading man manages/transforms to the present, as a modestly dressed, relatively lanky, bearded bloke, with salt-and-pepper hair, talking soft, looking naturally grim/mature — when it dawns on you that the character before us is very much Nitesh Tiwari, the director of this film, himself.
Besides his manner of speaking, that Rajput has also borrowed Tiwari's vocabulary is obvious, since the latter has also written the film. By all means, this is a semi-memoir.It's almost like the writer-director, at a living-room, is regaling you with anecdotes and blokes from his hostel life in an engineering campus. In fact, that's how this plot is also narrated in the film — to the lead character's son, who, along with the audience, is hearing all of this for the first time.
Should that be an issue (of the script being too specific, that is)? Hell, no; if you consider that the story being told is so deeply universal that I can't imagine anyone not instantly relating to it — whether or not they've even been to college at all! Surely we've all been through growing-up.
It's like the way Hangover, a pretty random flick in 2009, turned out to be the highest-grossing, R-rated (A-certified) comedy in movie history. Later, it became the highest-selling comedy DVD ever. Why?
There were essentially three men recollecting all that happened, one night when they stepped out and got seriously shit-faced. What do three drinking buddies usually do, when they meet, in life? Yup, recollect 'that' night, when... Similarly, what do friends from school/college inevitably do, when they hang out? Exactly.
They effortlessly become how old they were when they first met, and go, "Remember, this one time…." Doesn't matter which college you went to. There's no way you haven't met, among seniors or classmates, characters from this film, like Anni (Rajput), Derek (Bhasin), porn-addict Sexa (Sharma), Acid (Polishetty), Maya (Kapoor) et al, in some form or the other.
Chhichhore is the sort of film that we can all add to, with our own versions of the same story — a user-generated series, if you like. This has the makings of one. You've probably navigated the same rite of passage — from ragging to enrichment, through deep bonds/friendships that last forever.
Why's this unique? Because I can't recall any Hindi mainstream movie, in the colour of its language (first-rate dialogues), and the tone of its very being, that's managed to capture what it's actually like to be on an Indian campus — "freshy" (fresher), onwards. It is, in that sense, polar-opposite to the wilful dumbf***ery of, say, Student Of The Year (SOTY), that had as little to do with India as a campus. For its time, Mansoor Khan's Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (JJWS) might appear close to this, but more so for a similar 'joy of life'. Hip Hip Hurray (HHH) remains my under-rated favourite.
Speaking of which, one of Quentin Tarantino's gyan-full screenwriting tips is to fit a script into the frame of a genre. Without that, enjoying the "novelistic process", he says, he could keep writing a film forever — ending up with a seven-hour feature!
Chhichhore — a li'l like HHH, JJWS, SOTY — you must know, is a 'sports film'. It is set in what seems like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). The friends/characters, as you know, age, through the script. Tiwari's last feature was the incredible, Aamir Khan blockbuster Dangal. Comparisons to the Rajkumari Hirani path-breaker, 3 Idiots (also starring Khan), is inevitable.
Here's the key difference though: 3 Idiots was all about screwing college; pursuing your dream. Which is all fine, and a point well-taken. Chhichhore, by the looks of it, argues that there is in fact far more to college than exam-scores, and education. It's actually outside the classroom that you derive most of life's precious lessons — among fellow travellers, equally insecure, on the same boat — learning to row as you go along, often laughing all the way.
And who are these that you're with, in this movie, anyway? Chhichhore (supposedly) — so beautifully placed in the '90s, strutting around in their Flying Machine/Newport type loose jeans, Casio watches, devouring Debonair/Playboy, scribbling with their Reynolds pens...
What does Chhichhore mean? Don't think this North Indian slang has a direct English translation. "Unhinged," is the closest I can come up with. Which is really what we all are, for that short span of adulthood, when our greatest concerns are beating the college/hostel/block/boy/girl-next-door, at basketball/chess/debate/quiz/crush (whatever that you were so into, that your whole existence depended on it). Being with friends, of course, mattered the most. And nature conspires to make that happen in ways that it doesn't ever thereafter.
I know — nostalgia's an exaggeration and all that. But this is the kind of writing/film that genuinely makes you want to relive — in this case, go back to college. Okay, think will just go back and watch this movie all over again, instead. Much easier!
5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the movie. The character formation was really good. I was not bored for a single time. A worth(must) watch feel-good movie.
4.5 of 5 stars
A inspirational movie for every student. From school to college. All the parents should watch this movie.
4 of 5 stars
Oh my god! The movie hit the screen. Wonderful script and story. Though the movie lost its momentum for few minutes but it gains its original pace later which makes it ready for the huge boxoffice collection
3.5 of 5 stars
Nitesh Tiwari's 'Chhichhore' is effective and affecting in equal measure because the director has given the kick of a satisfying, entertaining crowdpleaser and added the pinch of inspiration salt, making it better than it's spiritual college movie predecessors like 'Student of The Year' and '3 Idiots'. The film also effectively conjures a great drama out of it's starcast, most of which is very good. I especially enjoyed Varun Sharma's Sexa Dhillon, and Shraddha Kapoor's sensationalistic mayhem Maya, there is some great overacting by design.
All this, when the truth is that the screenplay wears out rapidly and the truth being that the story, plot and character arcs are slim and totally outdated by their tone. See what entertainment can do! And yeah, also about the smile it'll go implanting on your face frequently.
4 of 5 stars
A good movie with good message. Everyone has lived their roles. Was impressed by acting of Prateik Babbar, Sushant Singh, Varun and Naveen Polisetty.
2.5 of 5 stars
A great story ruined by cringe-worthy acting, unrealistic victory moments, and NASTY MAKEUP.
Chhichhore, very quickly, turned unbearable because of the soulless acting done by the majority of actors. From the moment Sushant Singh Rajput showed up, there were very few moments of enjoyment. The only actors who acted well were Varun Sharma and Tahir Bashin, and to a moderate extent, Prateik Babbar. Sushant failed his act and so did Shraddha Kapoor. Sushant and Shraddha didn't play realistic parents at all. Naveen Polishetty and Tushar Pandey did only overacting, not entertaining even for 5 seconds.
Makeup head Preetisheel Singh did the worst makeup job that I've ever seen. One major move for showing the cast getting old was to make them bald, or push their hairline back. Absolutely no work was done on their skin to show them old for real.
In the story, the H4 people were facing unbeaten champions from H3. How easy was this job? Just yell at H3 players to bring their confidence down?! Is that how it works? How can a carrom player start shivering and lose a shot because a few opponents are yelling?? Only Chhichhore logic can make that happen. H3 champs fell prey to the Losers very easily, but the opposite didn't happen. H3 guys failed to bring H4's confidence down. Obviously, a reigning champion team can easily fall prey to Losers! That is straightforward, right?
By the mid of the third quarter, I couldn't watch the non-sense that was going on. It was utter bullshit how easily H4 marched towards victory after receiving the badge of LOSERS. It was super unrealistic.
This was a great story, but the actors ruined it. Add to that the unrealistic turns and, of course, their older selves.