By – Sonal Srivastava | Entertain Buddy
When asked about the best memories of childhood we automatically go back in our school and college days. The time when friends were family and midnight cravings went hand-in-hand. And once you grow up it’s a very weird and nice feeling at same time after seeing a bunch of carefree college students living their life.
The film starts with Aniruddh and Maya’s (Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor) son involved in a tragedy after failing to secure a coveted seat in India’s top engineering college, unlike his father and mother, who were rank holders. This leads to a reunion between Aniruddh and his college friends – Varun Sharma as Sexa, Tahir Raj Bhasin as Derek, Naveen Polishetty as Acid, Tushar Pandey as Mummy and Saharsh Shukla as Bevda.
The gang starts telling stories of their eventful college life to the kid, who can speak clearly in the film despite the circumstances, hoping that their story can improve his condition. So we go into flashback and see the actors narrate to Aniruddh and Maya’s son, and us, tales of their lively college life.
The tone of the film is as inconsistent as it can be. In one scene, you will see Sushant sobbing while talking to his son, and in the next, he is planning pranks with his friends in college. The transition is not seamless.Tracks run parallel to each other, but it simply doesn’t work. The sudden change of the background score from gloomy tunes to upbeat music too doesn’t help the audience to understand what is happening.
College dramas like these require strong performances, but in Chhichhore, Sushant and Shraddha will leave you lynching. It’s the film’s supporting cast, a shout out to Varun Sharma, who carries the burden of the entire film on his shoulders.
Sushant’s performance as the middle-aged father is nothing less than a caricature.
Shraddha, as Maya, isn’t much convincing either. Varun Sharma delivers yet another remarkable performance in Chhichhore. He gets the best punch lines in the film and he delivers them in his own unique style. Naveen Polishetty and Tushar Pandey also leave an imprint with their performances.
The writing isn’t all too sloppy. Some scenes will manage to you crack you up, but they are stuffed with clichés.
Chhichhore delivers an important message on exam pressure, quite literally, with Sushant enunciating the message in a speech just in case you didn’t get it even after 2 hours of seeing the same. The film feels like a missed opportunity. Director Nitesh Tiwari had a subject that appealed to all generations, but he fails to create that magic that a memorable college drama should have had.