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Hichki Review, Rani’s Powerful Act Overruled Cliches.

Hichki is a 2018 Indian Hindi Drama film. Directed and Written by Siddharth P Malhotra, released 23rd March, 2018. Produced under the banner of Yash Raj Films, starring, Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Harsh Mayar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shiv Kumar Subramaniam, Neeraj Kabi, Asif Basra, Ivan Roderigues, Jannat Zubair Rahmani and Sparsh Khanchandani.

Hichki is an adaptation of Front Of The Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen.

What ‘HICHKI’ is all about?
Hichki is about one such person who is determined to give compassion, knowledge and understanding to the world. Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji) suffers from a neurological condition called the Tourette syndrome since childhood. We are told it’s a speech defect that bothers whenever she gets nervous. She makes unique sounds. She wants to teach because years ago a teacher stood up for her and she understood the impact she could have if she stepped out into the world and did the same.

After 5 years of trial and 18 rejections, one of Mumbai’s prestigious schools gives her a chance to teach. Ivan Rodrigues played very intellectual role as an understanding and sensible principal, who knows the worth of inculcating true knowledge, accepting and praising Rani’s hearty efforts to provide knowledge to the world with real dedication, he gives her a chance to portray her skill. The teenagers she is supposed to teach are unruly, live in a bad neighbourhood and feel alienated among students from other social strata. Naina, however, is determined to give them a sense of purpose.
Proving Mr. Wadia (her colleague) wrong for not trusting her students and under-estimating them. Her endeavours do wonders and as challenged, her students score good marks but were accused of cheating, onto which Mr. Wadia takes a stand for them as well as falsely holds him guilty for leaking the question papers a night before exam because this act was done by one of his trustworthy student. Standing against Rani throughout the film, I really liked the way he stood by her in the end supporting the truth.


Rani Mukerji told, “The film’s primary message is to turn your weakness into your strength. When people tell you that you cannot achieve something because of your ‘weakness’, you have to prove them wrong in your own way. Naina is trying to say through this movie that nobody can decide what you can and cannot achieve in life. A person has to take charge of their own issue, overcome it and turn it into their strength.”

Hichki begins well with a focus on Naina’s struggles in life. She is battling a multifaceted war — within the family and outside it. A well paced 2 hrs film doesn’t consist of many dull scenes. Then there is Rani Mukerji, sassy, confident and completely aware of her circumstances. She operates within the boundary and tries her best to not let the film deviate from the central theme. She has got support from Neeraj Kabi and a bunch of happy-go-lucky adolescents, movie’s novelty was damaged by lack of depth in the writing. Hichki oscillates between a strong-willed teacher and some kids pushing against the wall. One can be a hero only at the cost of the other. One of them must get an easier win, and the director chooses Rani Mukerji.

Films where the lead suffers from a socially awkward condition but strives to accomplish an impossible task follow a predictable route. It’s almost textbook — infuse the character with intense determination and the unachievable becomes mission possible. The emphasis on drama takes the focus away from the class struggle between slum dwellers and the upper middle class. The anger to be counted as equals has been touched upon but not explored. To let Rani Mukerji’s unlikely winner teacher shine, evil characters are created without any justification. She, in a way, gets bigger than the cause.

To director’s credit he manages to make you cry plenty of times making it a way too much extended melo-drama.
It’s well-intentioned and will move you, but it could have been so much more.



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