No need for melodrama

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No need for melodrama

Sunday, 08 September 2019 | Shalini Saksena

No need for melodrama

Chhichhore

*ing: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Prateik Babbar, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty, Tushar Pandey, Nalneesh Neel

Rated: 5.5/10

Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 idiots highlighted how parents put pressure on their children to pursue a certain career path even if the chosen path is not something that the child had envisioned for himself. Since then, there has been a lot of talk how parents need to stop pushing their children, that each child has a calibre and perform accordingly.

Chhichhore, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, walks a similar path. And this is where the movie begins to disappoint. Comparisons are bound to be made with 3 Idiots. The subject matter is the same; actors are different. Also, Sushant Singh Rajput is no Aamir Khan. While as young Ani (Anirudh Pathak), he fits the shoe. As a first year student in an engineering college, he is what is his friend said — he is from a small town. His blubbering in trying to impress the new girl is sweet, cute and funny.

It is the the older version of himself that sits uncomfortably on him. The beard does him no good either. Nor does the tearing every few minutes.

A film that wants to tell parents not to put any pressure on their kid should be pushed subtly and not stare at you in the face. We have seen how Hirani managed to deliver the message. Tiwari should have taken a leaf out of that.

The one-liners, the nick names and life during the college days are funny and keep you engaged. However, the melodrama could have been done away with.

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