Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: Chhichhore

Release date: September 6, 2019
Running time: 143 minutes
 Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma 

Where were the best times of your lives?  In Chhichhore, that time was the first year of the India Institute of Technology where an unlikely group of friends form some serious lifetime bonds.  These bonds are tested when one of the friends experiences a serious family issue later in life, leading to a reunion that highlights just how strong this college friendship was and continues to be.  

The most enjoyable aspect about this film is the cast.  The film flashes between present day and college days, with actors that look similar enough to their counterparts to allow you to easily identify them.  The film focuses on six main friends that you root for from start to finish.  Each member of Hostel 4--the friend's living quarters--is quirky and lovable, and their very different personalities come together for an unlikely enjoyable cast.  I really liked how the group truly felt like a band of misfits forming a common bond when they needed each other most.  It is a very relatable film and message, and one that will instantly grab you and pull you through this heartwarming journey.  

The story is told through a series of flashbacks that keep the film moving, and it is a blast to see the differences between the these characters crazy and awkward college days and their more professional present day lives.  Chhichhore is a wholesome Animal House, with as much silliness and pranks with less creepy situations.  Since this is a Hindi film, there are some awkward situations between opposite sexes, but they are tame and not exploitative.  The story is endearing with a little of everything: there are some corny moments, some laugh out loud moments, and some moments that will make you cry.  But through it all you will be rooting for this strange band of misfit friends.  

If you are in the mood for an uplifting, wholesome Animal House, check out Chhichhore. It is both silly and sweet with a good message, endearing characters, and a story that will make you cry and laugh out loud. 

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