Hichki movie review: Rani Mukerji makes a ‘wah wah wah’ comeback with this one

Directed By: Siddharth P Malhotra
Produced By: Maneesh Sharma, Aditya Chopra
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Supriya Pilgaonkar
Duration:1 Hours 59 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

In 2010, I had seen a film titled ‘We Are Family’ directed by Siddharth P Malhotra. I remember crying during the climax of the film. I thought maybe its only me who is crying so much, but when I looked around I saw that mostly all eyes around me had tears. I remember hearing an aunty saying while leaving the theatre that Karan Johar (the producer of ‘We Are Family’) should have given tissue boxes with tickets. Cut to 2018, after eight years, Siddharth P Malhotra is back with his next directorial venture titled ‘Hichki’. The movie marks the comeback of one of the finest actresses we have in Bollywood, Rani Mukerji. Well, in this we won’t need a tissue box, but at least a couple of tissues in hand.

‘Hichki’ tells the story of Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji) who suffers from Tourette Syndrome. It’s a neurological condition because of which a person makes different types of noises. Since her childhood, Naina has been facing discrimination, even at home. But, one incident changes her life, and Naina becomes a confident girl. She dreams to be a teacher, but thanks to the hichkis (the voices she makes), she doesn’t get a job. Finally, Naina gets a job to teach some underprivileged children, but it won’t be an easy task for her. The movie then moves forward with some entertaining, inspiring and whistle worthy scenes, but has its own share of hichkis (hurdles) in the screenplay.

‘Hichki’ has two subjects as its basic plot – Tourette Syndrome and the inequality in our education system. Siddharth P Malhotra does a good job by gelling these two things. He very well explains what Tourette Syndrome is, but the hichki in the film is that at some places when the film takes a very good momentum, the next scene just flattens.

As I said the movie deals with Tourette Syndrome and the inequality in our education system, but the biggest take away is that ‘there are no bad students, only bad teachers’. We are sure that every individual watching this film will go back to his or her school days, and will at least once remember their teachers, especially the favourite teacher (we all had one). There are very few films that make your eyes moist but with a smile on the face and that’s what ‘Hichki’ does.

The movie marks the comeback of Rani Mukerji after a gap of around four years, and from first scene itself she proves that she is back with a bang. In a simple film, Rani plays a very complex character and she nails it. Watch out for her tics in the film which will make you say ‘wah wah wah’ for her performance. Neeraj Kabi’s character might be a bit disappointing as his hate towards the underprivileged kids is not explained well, but the actor’s performance is top notch. The movie has a bundle of very talented kids, each and every one has done a fantastic job, a special mention to Harsh Mayar and Sparsh Khanchandani. The film also stars Sachin Pilgaonkar, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Hussain Dalal, and they are good in their parts.

Overall, ‘Hichki’ is a sweet, simple and a refreshing film with Rani Mukerji once again at her best.

P.S. I am a self-confessed Rani Mukerji fan, and many might feel that this could be a biased review. But, let me tell you guys, I have written this review without having a hichki of being a fan.

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'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4

A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.

After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.

Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.

The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.

All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.

Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.

Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.

On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.

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Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars

Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.

Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.

Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.

From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.

Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!

So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!

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