Release Date: March 23, 2018
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Ivan Rodrigues, Asif Basra, Shivkumar Subramaniam, Harsh Mayar, Suprio Bose
Director: Siddharth Malhotra
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
In what is being considered as a comeback movie for Rani Mukerji, Hichki highlights the struggles of an individual affected by Tourette syndrome. Hichki is inspired by the Hollywood film ‘Front of the Class’, which in turn is based on the novel, ‘Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had‘ written by Brad Cohen. Not many people know about the Tourette syndrome and it’s interesting to see an entire movie on the topic. The movie has a clear message that no matter how difficult the challenges might be, one can always overcome them with conviction, faith and perseverance.
Hichki follows on the life of Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji), who nurtures the ambition to become a teacher. She believes that she was born to become a teacher and would do anything to realize that goal. However, there’s a huge problem, as Naina suffers from Tourette syndrome. She makes strange noises and her head jerks in strange ways, things that prompt various schools to reject her application for the teacher’s post. The school administrators believe that due to her unusual behavior caused by Tourette syndrome, she won’t be able to teach the students properly. However, Naina keeps trying and eventually gets a job at a prestigious school. But, this is just the beginning of another challenging journey, since the students prove to be a handful. Far from accepting Naina, the students mock her and create new troubles for her every day. It’s up to Naina how she deals with them. She will have to adopt an approach that will allow her and the students to unlock their full potential.
Rani Mukerji has performed brilliantly in her role of an individual suffering from Tourette syndrome. She is consistent with portraying the abnormal behavior caused by Tourette syndrome and appears convincing on the screen. The young actors who play the chaotic bunch of students have also delivered good performances. There’s a natural mischievous flavor brought about by these young actors, which ensures a tight grip on the storyline. Credit also goes to director Siddharth Malhotra for his keen attention to details and intelligent screenplay.
Hichki is fresh, fun, insightful, engaging and entertaining; a good movie to enjoy with the entire family.