Chhorii movie review: When Bollywood tries its hand at a horror film, it is not the first expectation one has to expect something good. Movies like Raat, Bhoot, Tumbbad or even Even though is a once-in-a-blue lunar occurrence. Otherwise, we get rejections on South, Korean, or Hollywood horror movies, or otherwise tiring expansions of franchises that sell more on cheap scares and sleaze. Chhorii, fortunately, belongs to the better variety. It’s creepy, it’s scary in some places, it’s good performance, and it sends a message that does not feel pressured down your throat. Chhorii: Nushrratt Bharuccha opens up about her role as a pregnant woman in the upcoming Amazon Prime Videos horror movie.
It helps that director Vishal Furia only needs to make his own acclaimed film in Hindi. Chhorii, for the uninitiated, is the official remake of the 2017 Marathi movie Lapachhapi. But just because a director remakes his own film, does not mean it has to be good. See what happened Dybbuk, the Hindi remake of Ezra, who both share the same director and yet the re-recording turned out to be an inferior copy of the original.
So what did Chhorii do right? First, it did not compromise on either the storytelling or the compromising aesthetics of star value, and managed to create the same atmospheric feel as the original Marathi film. That said, I wish Vishal could have fixed some of the original’s typos to make the remake a little better. More on that later.
Chhorii revolves around Sakshi (Nushrratt Bharuchha … hope she does not add more letters to her name at her next film), a teacher who is eight months pregnant. When her husband Hemant (Saurabh Goyal) runs into debt with debtors, they decide to lie down in the village for their driver Kajla (Rajesh Jais).
Kayla’s house is located in the middle of a huge sugar cane field with no other houses nearby, apart from his deceased little brother’s abandoned house where the couple lives. Kayla’s wife Banno (Mita Vasisht) takes care of Sakshi, though there are times when her behavior turns into strange. As Sakshi’s stay at this residence extends further, she begins to see and experience strange sights and sounds. We get to see ghostly children, a radio singing a creepy lullaby, and Banno’s behavior becomes foreign to each day.
When Sakshi decides that enough is enough, she convinces Hemant to leave the place, but before they can do so, a major evil prevents her from making her flee.
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Horror movies are the scariest thing when it involves a pregnant protagonist, whatever it is Rosemary’s baby or Inde (please do not see this if you want to lose your week’s sleep). Chhorii gets the extra creepy advantage, but becomes even more creepy when the film involves horrors of real life like social misogyny and child murder in the mix. For about the first hour, Chhorii takes a bit of a leisurely pace to arrange the scary setup. It entices you to think that you might get a creepy flick, with a few false jump scares.
There are a few scenes that stand out. Like the uncomfortable opening scene that I had to see through my fingers. Or the shocking tale of a crow, a dead tree and a snake, which Banno tells Sakshi, which may end in an emotional tone, but which predicts to the viewer what to expect ahead.
Chhorii, but takes a turn for the better, after Sakshi catches sight of the first ghostly child. Still, the film keeps you under some false assumptions about how it will go. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the film puts Sakshi in a very shaky maze that allows her to experience some frightening hallucinations and witness some events that can tickle your nerves. The BG result, the visuals and the clever use of some great makeup and CGI, not to mention using the sugar cane fields as a confusing setup, amplify the chill factor. Events take some surprising turns here and there is some unexpected pathos we encounter. The second hour of Chhorii is a true highlight of the film.
However, there are two decisions to make stories that annoyed me even after the movie ended. One is when Banno tells Sakshi another story that I do not think the latter once needed to hear. I think the narrative – not wanting to ruin what it is – was meant for the audience as a kind of difficult exhibition. Second, the turn in the climax about a particular character that is easy to guess is further aided by Banno’s narrative. It fails a bit the finale that does not exactly give the complete satisfaction that you want from the end. Dybbuk movie review: Emraan Hashmi and Nikita Dutta’s horror thriller lack good ghosts.
The performance is quite good. Nushhratt gives enough credibility as the confused but brave enough protagonist. The second half depends heavily on her action, and Nushhratt skillfully handles the difficult scenes with sufficient confidence and a touch of vulnerability. Mita Vasisht is absolutely first class as the older woman who definitely keeps some very dark secrets close to her chest. Rajesh Jais and Saurabh Goyal perform their roles well. Did you know that Shah Rukh Khan’s #SiwaySRK ad co-star Rajesh Jais made his Bollywood debut with a King Khan movie?
– The performances
– Second Half
– Slow pace in the first half
– A few dubious storytelling twists
Like a horror movie, Chhorii is a very pleasant surprise. When I say ‘comfortable’, I mean a pretty creepy surprise! With a clever combination of minimal setup, cooling images and effective performance, the film keeps you invested in the horror story to the last. Chhorii streamer on Amazon Prime Video.
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