Hichki


Rani Mukherji’s ‘Hichki’ is a feel-good film. It is made with pure heart, full dedication and with love. The film marks Rani Mukherji’s comeback film post the birth of her child, Adira. There is a newness in the script though it is in adaptation of the Hollywood television film – ‘FRONT OF CLASS’ based on the true story of Brad Cohen from the book ‘Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had”. ‘Hichki’ helmed by Sidharth P Malhotra speaks about strong bondage of slum students and a dedicated teacher, who suffers from Tourette Syndrome.

Rani Mukherji plays the role of an aspiring teacher Naina Mathur, who suffers from Tourette Syndrome. Despite shortcomings in speech, Naina aspires to be a teacher. She had a life changing experience in her school which motivated her to be teacher. Initially, Naina had a tough time getting job in a school. Finally, she gets a job as a teacher in St. Notker elite convent school, thanks to the right of education.

She is assigned as a teacher of class 9F. 9F class includes 14 slum-dwelling students residing on the other side of the road. They previously went to a municipality school which is now taken over by the elite English school.

Teaching the 14 slums students who are deprived of education, lacking in social conducts was not a smooth journey for Naina. Initially, she had a hard time in dealing with the students but gradually, she developed a good rapport with the students.

‘Hichki’ is emotionally motivating film. It reflects the student-teacher relationship. It proved that students of all categories can be well-mannered and well educated if they get a loving and dedicated teacher like Naina.

‘Hichki’ will make you cry, laugh. It is a simple film made with a pure intention which sends strong message.

Speaking about the performances, not only the script but Rani Mukerji is also the boss of the film. She wins the heart of the audience with her free flow acting.

Sachin Pilgaonkar and Supriya Pilgaonkar as Rani’s parents are charming. Other supporting star cast like Shivkumar Subramaniam, Asif Basra, Hussain Dalal  are excellent. The kids deserve big round of applause.

Technically the film is very sound. Editing is nice. Director Sidharth P Malhotra’s direction is praiseworthy. He has been successful to extract the best out of Rani.

In the nutshell, YRF’s ‘Hichki’ is an enjoyable film. Strongly recommended for teachers and students.