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Chhichhore

(7/10)

Movie Synopsis

A tragic incident forces Anirudh, a middle-aged man, to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce his college days along with his friends, who were labelled as losers.

Movie Review

This review is a tribute to the actor, Sushant Singh Rajput, who has transitioned brilliantly from TV to mainstream cinema. I won't critique any aspect of his work in this movie, as it won't be right to write anything in his absence.

All I would say is that when we went to the watch the movie it was more due to his presence than the reputation of the director. My wife & I, both love watching his movies & have paid to watch him on the large screen, a number of times. We feel terrible at the thought that we won't be able to watch this "Chichhora" work his magic & smile on the screen anymore.

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This is a long overdue review. I have even forgotten most of the plots and sub-plots of the movie. What I still remember that there was a non-linear story-telling which kept moving between two time periods, as if these were laid on a ping-pong table. However instead of becoming a pain in the neck, trying to follow the ball, only in this case, the ball is deftly put into different positions on the board.

Coming from the "Dangal" man, Nitesh Tiwari, the expectations of smart direction were high. The writers, Piyush Gupta, Nikhil Mehrotra & Nitesh Tiwari, also come with a lot of promise from their previous outing.

What also stands out are performances by the lead-cast of on-screen friends, oscillating between present-day & college-times. Dealing with the serious & largely misunderstood topic of suicide & success, the film avoids being preachy. The challenges of modern-day parenting also comes out in some bits.

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