Cast: Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sachin Pilganokar, Harsh Mayar, Shivkumar Subraniam, Neeraj Kabi, Asif Basra, Ivan Rodrigues
Direction: Siddharth P Malhotra
Rani Mukerji makes her third comeback with a bang with Siddharth P. Malhotra’s ‘Hichki’ under her husband Aditya Chopra’s production Yash Raj Films.
Story: Naina Mathur (played by Rani Mukherjee) is an aspiring teacher with tourette’s syndrome who is loved by her mother (played by Supriya Pilgaonkar) and brother but rejected by her father (played by Sachin Pilgaonkar). She follows her dream to be a teacher at a school where she herself studied and was motivated to be herself by her mentor Mr. Khan. After having been rejected 18 times as a teacher, for the 6th time she gets selected as a faculty member at the school where she’s given a class of misfits pitted in class 9F who aren’t made to feel belonged in the school. Naina takes it as a challenge to not just save her job but give her students a push in the right direction. Her students harass her for even willing to educate them but Naina’s spirit remains unbroken. A series of incidents lead to the kids having faith in their teacher and while all this happens there’s the rival class 9A and their head Mr. Wadia (played by Neeraj Gabi) who is set to get the students expelled. Will Naina prove her potential with her students flourishing with flying colors? Will her and her students’ spirit break mid way? That’s what the film deals with.
The screen missed a natural performer like Rani Mukherji for a long time. She’s one actress who proves that she’s relevant everytime she makes a comeback. Her grace and the depth in her skill is unmatched. It’s Hiccup free!
Neeraj Kabi who plays the opponent teacher seems to have one tone to his acting. But it somehow seems to work for the film.
Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar are good in their parts.
The students of 9F have been perfectly casted. Their joyous and emotional sequences come through the audiences.
Other cast members do a great supporting job.
Music and Dialogues: The music of the film has been given by Jasleen Kaur and the songs are quite enjoyable. They are made to suit the tone of the film. So is the case with the background score by Hitesh Sonik. Dialogues like ‘There are no Bad students, only Bad Teachers’ and the dialogues where Rani motivates her students. You’ll definitely take them back with you and pounder over it.
Direction: Siddharth P. Malhotra is known to capture the emotions with his characters in the right way. With ‘Hichki’ too he brings real emotions to forefront in an incredible manner but his script gets a little predictable. Sometimes you may feel it’s more morals than education and also how could one teacher expertise in teaching several subjects to a 9th grade. Neglecting that, the film really gets you to think back on how efficient the Indian education system really is. Is it theoretical excellence over practical knowledge? The film does manage to answer those questions. The division of classes and the hatred between them, you’ll get to feel it on a personal level. The first half of the film is filled with moments of fun through the naughtiness that the kids portray and a sense of grief for the character of Naina when she struggles to communicate with her students. The part where she truly breaks the ice with them is adorable. The second half though brings the true idea of the film forward where we are made to realize that your weaknesses cannot come in the road towards success no matter how bad they are. To overcome your flaw and cherish your strengths in achieving greatness is mandatory. Having said that the screenplay has loopholes that hold its from being perfect. The cinematography is beautiful too. The school is shown in various directions and the slum sequences are captured in a realistic manner.
Cinespeaks Verdict: Great performances and an emotionally gripping story make this film a MUST WATCH. Cinespeaks gives ‘Hichki’ 3.5 out of 5 stars.