Hichki Movie Review: Be prepared to be schooled by Rani Mukerji who plays an inspirational teacher with Tourette syndrome.
If maternity is considered as a break, then Hichki is Rani Mukerji’s comeback movie. If you are craving for a generous dose of idealism and logical entertainment, then Hichki’s drama about teacher-student bonding will be your medicine. The actress plays a teacher living with a nervous system disorder.
Release Date: 23rd March 2018
Director: Siddharth Malhotra
Music Director: Jaslenn Royal, Hitesh Sonik.
Production: Aditya Chora, Maneesh Sharma.
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kaabi.
Mukerji plays the unconventional teacher Naina Mathur who lives with Tourette Syndrome, a nervous system disorder marked by involuntary motor tics and grunting sounds. She has made her peace with it, but it’s those around her who find it difficult to be inclusive and graceful about it. The movie begins with her nerve-racking hunt for a teaching position. She’s rejected despite being armed with multiple degrees as the deciding authorities fear that her disorder will stand in the way of her teaching. The feisty Mathur doesn’t take it lying down as she gives them a crash course on Tourette Syndrome unflinchingly.
The plot of the film revolves around the rise of an underdog (namely Rani) and how she overcomes being a teacher to difficult, rebellious students.
Hichki is impressively made at a restrained budget of Rs. 20 Crores. Rani Mukerji’s gracious performance makes you connect with Naina Mathur’s character. Taking the focus off the women-central or social issue trend, Hichki is a slice-of-life, a breezy film without the romp and rattle of being unique for centering around a woman. It is surely a refreshing change for Rani as well as the audience. The vibes are very similar to ‘Tumhari Sulu’ and it seems to be on the right track.
The first half is dominated by Mukerji winning the reluctant misfits — acted out nicely by young talents such as Harsh Vyas as the rebellious Atish — over with her grit. Since they are children from the slums, there are ghetto-style rap songs inserted to communicate their angst.
The second half unveils a twist during the examinations, which is a tad too dramatic. Few scenes look forced but we have a comic rescue to go through with the plot. Casting by Shanoo Sharma is apt for the entire project.
The hipster rap music with slum children doesn’t fit with the genre of movie. It surely seems a little contrived. The bond that grows between the teacher and the students seems forced. Their kinship doesn’t feel organic, which is also one of the biggest let downs of Hichki. The child-like innocence and attention to minute details are missing, which are great exponents in these plots.
The climax of the movie is very predictable and unnecessarily dramatic. There are no sub-plots to support or anchor the main story and the wow factor is nearly dead with the ending.
Apart from a few minor hichkis (Hiccups), Hichki is a feel-good drama and slice of life movie. Rani Mukerji’s top for will surely remind your school days.
Comparedada rating: 3/5