Hichki is a special movie in more than one way. We have been waiting for long for Rani Mukherjee to come back. She has done it with her classy finesse.
Hichki talks about a student-teacher relationship. It focuses on Tourette syndrome and how it affects the life of a teacher.
Naina Mathur (Rani Mukherjee) has Tourette Syndrome and she has always wanted to be a teacher. The best part about this movie is that it focuses on the problem and not the person. The issue at hand is how Naina copes with her speech disorder which is so evident with her choice of career.
There are hardly any movies that focus on a pupil teacher relationship, the last one being Taarey Zameen Par.
Rani Mukherjee is no doubt a great actress and this movie is just another great addition to her list. Directed by Sidharth P. Malhotra and is based on Brad Cohen’s book “Front of The Class.” The movie might not well and truly be an original plot but Rani has shown great promise (not even a surprise).
What was so great about the movie was that it does not romanticize the classroom. It shows it like it is. For instance, let’s look at Goodwill Hunting, Dead Poets Society or Freedom Writers that all show classrooms. Now compare it to Main Hoon Na and you will understand what I mean.
There were no flying Manish Malhotra chiffons and a hot Sushmita Sen dancing with her student. The classroom and the relationship between Naina and her students is how it should have been. The melodrama is so part and parcel of Bollywood movies that once in a while when something different comes up you cannot help but admire it.
Hichki is the story of a teacher and her syndrome. She was a misfit teacher, teaching a class of misfit students and that is why the relationship between them grows further. Naina is made to teach a class of 14 students that give her a really hard time, initially.
Since she is a compassionate person she finds the underlying problems and troubles of her students by their behavior. She becomes a great teacher and someone who students can relate to.
Everything great about the movie but what it failed to do was make a statement. There was a really good story, a powerful protagonist but there was no message. I feel the writer could have done so much more with the plot and the story.
Movies like the ones mentioned above made a solid mark with what they wanted to show. Although this was a wonderful effort but the plot itself was rendered weak at times. Much like the same thing with Taare Zameen Par, that focused more on the character than the problem. It preached but at the same time it was cocky.
I would definitely recommend you to watch this movie. The acting and the overall truth depiction of the movie is a nice change from the melodrama of Bollywood movies.
It is an overall 7.5/10 for me.