Chhichhore: Exclusive Movie Review By A Teen
Chhichhore revolves around a group of friends and their adventures in college. After passing out, they go their own separate ways in life. What happens? Will they eventually re-unite? Find out!
By Vanshika Devuni Kalanidhi • 7 min read
As a student, I unfortunately get to experience what it’s like to be under a lot of pressure (hint: it’s not fun). Every adult in my life seems to expect things from me that I might not be able to meet. The film Chhichhore seems to perfectly capture the anxiety and stress we go through, especially during exam season.
Raghav, a stressed-out student, gets rejected by IIT-JEE. He cannot handle this failure and attempts suicide. In order to prove that it’s okay to be a loser, his father, Anirudh, tells him tales of his college days. Raghav is ably supported by his friends and their adventures, their heartbreak, their joys form the crux of the movie.
Movie caters to a specific audience
This movie is difficult to place into one category. On one hand, the movie covers beautiful topics and has a few interesting moments. On the other hand, some parts are plain boring and some jokes don’t hit with someone like me. The movie is good only for a certain type of audience, and I might not fit that quota.
One of the best things about this movie is the theme. There are a lot of movies about trying hard to succeed, but not enough about being happy just the way you are. The premise of the movie shows the raw reality for most students.
There were also a few funny bits that were genuinely enjoyable to watch. For example, I loved the scenes of them controlling themselves, and the methods to keep the other teams from winning. That being said, a majority of the jokes didn’t make me laugh. The movie is full of slapstick comedy, and there are too many inappropriate jokes that may not be suitable for certain age groups.
Movie has no scope for female character
The movie has a lot of rampant sexism. The only female character was written for the sole purpose of ‘line maarna’. Throughout the movie, she has no authority and remained a passive witness to everything the boys do. The movie treats women like nothing more than sex objects, especially with the frequent jokes.
I also hate how mummy’s character is treated. Bollywood is responsible for shaping the worldview of many youngsters, so it shouldn’t be promoting the idea that men have to be strong and aggressive, or they’re cowards.
The movie fails to keep the audience engaged. I didn’t enjoy the first half at all. I enjoyed a part of the second half, but I literally fell asleep when it turned into a sports movie. The utter predictability of the movie made it even worse. Despite the movie’s best intentions, I felt no suspense since I already knew what happens.
Timings of scenes could have been better
The timings of the scenes are also quite weird. The movie introduces new characters just as you become comfortable with the already-introduced set. The reason behind the ‘losers’ tag isn’t revealed up until the second half.
I also found the actors a bit strange. They played both the old and young versions of their characters, but none of them really nailed playing their old self. Their eyes didn’t have the maturity or experience you see in most adults.
Chhichhore, while it has some good parts, is painfully average. It is nothing out of the ordinary, and in fact seems to copy elements from 3 Idiots, as well as a Telugu movie called 100 per cent love. It’s the kind of movie you watch on a lazy Sunday on TV, not a movie you rush to book the tickets for.
My takeaways from Chhichhore:
- It’s okay to be a loser.
- Despite working hard, we can face failure.
- We are so focused on winning and losing that we forget about the good in life.
- Success can require sacrifices.
- Having a friend makes everything better.
Also read: Super 30: Exclusive Movie Review By A Teen
About the author:
Written by Vanshika Devuni Kalanidhi on 7 September 2019.
The author is a writer/blogger who blogs at www.vanshikadevuni.blogspot.com
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