Hichki - Movie Review and Offers
Cast:Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Harsh Mayar, Shivkumar Subramaniam, Neeraj Kabi
Director: Siddharth P Malhotra
Rating: 3.5 Stars (out of 5)
Like the rest of the film - Hichki is adapted from the Brad Cohen autobiography How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, which yielded the American TV film Front of the Class - the denouement is over-dramatic and driven by the hackneyed devices of the underdog-triumphing-against-all-odds genre.
A novel plot idea is buried under an avalanche of narrative cliches in Hichki. In her comeback film, Rani Mukerji gives the role of a Tourette Syndrome-afflicted teacher all she has. Full marks there! However, Hichki,
directed by Siddharth P Malhotra, isn't the kind of class act that does
justice to the film's larger purpose of underscoring the need for
Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji) is a trained and qualified teacher. However her various applications for teaching positions over five years have been unsuccessful. The primary reason is her speech impediment. Naina has lived with Tourette Syndrome since childhood, and made peace with it in adulthood. But the world around her, including her father (Sachin Pilgaonkar), is uncomfortable with the involuntary sounds and movements that emanate from Naina’s mouth. “Tourette is in my speech, not in my intellect,” she says.
Very early on, Naina (Rani Mukerji) educates a panel of school administrators, and the audience, about the nature of Tourette’s. When she bags a job commandeering a classroom of misfits, inducted into the school system under the Right to Education mandate, she educates the 14 delinquents (and us) on what it’s like living with a tic. The school principal (Shiv Subramaniam) has appointed an underdog to school division number 9F which is populated with underdogs who come from the wrong side of the tracks.
Rani Mukerji's energetic, engaging performance manages to move you. Rani Mukerji who is back on screen after four years. I don’t know enough about Tourette syndrome to know if her rendition of it is accurate but within the context of this film, her performance is solid and sincere.
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