• 07 Apr - 13 Apr, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

Rani Mukherji makes a grand comeback with Hichki where she plays a teacher with Tourette Syndrome. What exactly is tourette? The character played by Rani answers this within the first 5 minutes of the film. It is one of those films that are targeted at both the young and the old since the protagonist is different from the perspective of both. If you are an older person, you will be able to relate to the teacher Naina whereas if you are young, you will side with the students. In any case, Hichki will emerge as the winner because it caters to all. The film revolves around the struggle of Naina Mathur (Rani Mukherji) who is a highly qualified unemployed teacher because she suffers from a syndrome nobody knows about. Like all those who suffer from the Tourette Syndrome, Naina uncontrollably makes sounds like wa wa, cha cha due to the hiccups that occur from this neurological disorder. After 5 years of trying, she finally gets a job at her alma mater only to find out that the kids are from underprivileged families and that no one wants to teach these unruly characters. That is where Naina comes in since she has promised to coach these kids in her own way and make better students out of them. Does Naina win the battle or do the kids succeed in getting rid of her like her predecessors, watch the movie to know the answer.

Inspired by the TV movie Front of the Class, Hichki fits perfectly in the modern Indo-Pak world where teachers are the least favourite people because of various reasons. The children have become aggressive for no reason, the remuneration is low, there is no appreciation for the tough job and the private tuitions have taken over. Whatever the reasons, Hichki has covered all of the mentioned nuances through Naina’s eyes. Had this role gone to someone else, it wouldn’t have made the same impact. Besides Vidya Balan, no other actress in India is capable of acing in such a difficult role where you have to get the expression right as well as true to the syndrome you are suffering from. The co-actors namely veteran actor Sachin among others also remained in their characters – the teachers and the students may seem type cast but they were made to play the roles and that’s where the film excels. Director Siddharth P Malhotra (not the actor) must be commended for his brilliant execution that eventually made all in the audience applaud uncontrollably, just like Rani’s hiccups.