Cast: Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Asif Basra, Shivkumar Subramaniam, Kunal Shiinde, Neeraj Kaabi
Director: Siddharth Malhotra
Producers: Maneesh Sharma, Aditya Chopra
Rating: 3/5 Stars
It has probably been a while that we have seen the people who have indeed established themselves as the definition of fine actors grace the silver screen, but, thankfully, Rani Mukerji and her latest outing, Hichki have filled in that void with panache and grace.
So, without beating around the bush further, let us give you our take on it!
The film opens to Mukerji’s Naina Mathur, a hell-bent-on-being-a-teacher woman who is living with a certain condition known as Tourette’s Syndrome, which makes her indulge into involuntary acts and behaviours (as many may have already guessed it from the promos so far). But, her search ends only five years later after she is made the teacher of a particular class 9F, who are supposed to be a bunch of underprivileged rebels who the teachers of that school have totally written off. Naina, living with a challenge already, takes a yet another one and what follows is something that is best if experienced.
As far as individual performances are concerned, Mrs. Mukerji-Chopra is clearly in her top form and we can only imagine her state of being after the filming of this one is done with. The fluency and the believability she brings to Naina Mathur is unparalleled. As far as the supporting cast goes, Neeraj Kaabi as the quintessential bad guy in this drama and her group of 14 juvenile-level outlaws are also not that far behind. But, we do have some complaints here. The ghetto-rap song, which is supposed to give us a peak into the private lives of these little ones seems to be misplaced and the relationship arc between Rani Mukerji and her group of students doesn’t feel all that organic. We have NO complaints whatsoever in the matters of casting. This disasters that unfolded on the screen seemed to be a writing issue.
Also, we could also say that the climax scene, although we understand the motive behind it, seems to be a tad bit overdramatized for its own good. Just a load of unnecessary drama at the end, but nothing major.
Overall, well, if you are making a film of hiccups and are spreading the message to embrace and build on it, we might as well start learning right away from it, and, for the record, these minor shortcomings don’t spoil your movie watching experience.
Go watch this film to see Rani Mukerji redefining fine acting standards once again and if you’re in the mood of some feel-good drama.