Hichki (2018) – Movie Review

Hichki (Hiccup in English) is a comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Sidharth P Malhotra. The film is an adaptation of the book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen, of which Yash Raj Films acquired the rights. The film stars Rani Mukerji in a lead role, where she has made her come-back to the silver screen after her last appearance in Mardaani (2014).

The film tells the very refreshing and inspiring story of an aspiring teacher Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji) who is suffering from Tourette syndrome. This neurological disorder causes her to make unusual but funny sounds like ‘chak-chak’ or ‘waa-waa’ while talking. With this troubled condition, she faces many obstacles to make her dream come true. After facing so many interviews and rejections Naina finally lands her dream job as a full-time teacher at an elite school, but she soon realizes that the class she has been assigned comprises of rebellious and trouble making students. Remaining is the film, where Naina must keep her patience and do whatever it takes to ensure that her students realize their true potential, and rise against all odds.

Nowadays there are very few films which are focused on content, story, and performances, and which are the full family entertainer at the same time. Hichki is one of those rare films which lights a spark in us, make us laugh, pull our emotional strings, and finally make us feel good. Rani’s performance is truly believable and outstanding. The film gives many messages like broken are the strongest, hard work and patience always pays off, there are no bad students only bad teachers, and how teachers play a prominent role in shaping their students’ future. The motivational journey of aspiring Naina, to be a guiding star in her students’ lives and literally becoming one is worth watching, worth talking, and worth sharing.

Verdict : Worth watching, worth talking, and worth sharing. Go for it with your whole family.

Rating : 4/5


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