The Story :
Anirudh Pathak/Anni, a fresher stepped into his college, one of India’s most prestigious engineering colleges. He got a room in H4 (hostel 4). The special thing about this hostel building was even though all students came into the college with good grades and hard work, this particular hostel carried the tag of “Losers”. Besides studies the college also placed a lot of attention to sports and extra curricular activities and every year a sports championship was held between all of the hostels.
H4 had not won trophy in last 15 years and H3 (another hostel of that college) had bagged the trophy consistently for years!
Back to the current time… Anirudh is a married man now, his has a son who is about to join college. He is anxiously waiting for his entrance exams result.
So much so that he can’t even sleep properly at night!
Anirudh takes his son Raghav to his mom… Raghav’s mother Maya is Anirudh’s college-life sweetheart. But unfortunately their marriage didn’t work out and they got divorced. Anirudh got the custody of his son but he used to bring his kid to Maya regularly.
Anirudh was getting emotional as it was about time that his son would leave home and start a new phase of his life. He was reminiscing the days of the old days and how Raghav grew up. He just wanted to be with Raghav every moment until he had to leave for hostel. He bought a bottle of wine to celebrate his son’s result with him! Anirudh looked like a cool dad indeed.
Raghav’s result wasn’t as he had expected… He didn’t get chance into the college that he wished for. Raghav was a nervous kid. He was always feeling a pressure of keeping the standard high… After all his parents had graduated from such a great college. How would he face his parents now? Raghav jumped from the his building to attempt suicide…
Raghav’s friend who witnessed this, called his parents immediately. Anirudh and Maya were in utter shock to see their child in such a condition. Face disfigured, severely bleeding… He was admitted into the hospital in critical condition.
Maya started accusing Anirudh for pressurising the poor boy, not never giving enough attention to the family. Anirudh was shattered as well but he was more composed than Maya.
The doctor who was treating Raghav talked with Anirudh and Maya and explained how critical Raghav’s condition was. He also mentioned that the boy was too much depressed, his unwillingness to live was making it even more difficult for his body to recover from the injuries.
Raghav was thinking himself a loser.
This reminded Anirudh of his own college life… How he unintentionally became the part of the loser gang in his college life. He wanted to share that story with his son to make him see life from a different angle.
Going back to flashback again: Anni tried multiple times to change the hostel, not because anything in particular was bothering him but for the comment he had heard on the first day of his college about H4… That he won’t be able to survive there. Little did he know about destiny’s plan for him.
In mere 2 months he became very good friend with the seniors, his classmates, also he made his first move towards Maya… Anni was very good at playing basketball and cricket.
Before GC ( the sports championship held between the hostels ), a group of students were checking for the students from other hostels that were good in sports. Anni was one of them. They proposed him to move to H3 as it would be beneficial for H3 to have strong participants for the tournament. H3 looked better in every way- the rooms were better, the food was better, the foreign students too were given H3. Anni denied the proposal without hesitation…
He couldn’t leave his friends that had become his family then…
Now coming to his friends… The gange of Losers-
Sexa – Anni’s senior in H4. A guy overly obsessed with pornography. He had the biggest collection of adult magazines. Nobody knew his original name until the day his father came to meet him in the hostel!
Acid – Another senior. One a bright student, who lost his focus after coming to college. His failure to get good grades filled lot of anger in him and his vocabulary of bad words was getting better and better every day.
Mummy – Mama’s boy who did nothing except studies in his life!
Bewda – A senior, a genius in chess, who was always drunk.
Derek – The senior from final year and the ultimate stud.
When Anni declined the proposal of H3, he was told about Derek who too had declined similar proposal in past and now he was rotting in room regretting his decision.
After talking to Derek, Anni realized how important GC was for the prestige of the hostels and the boys. Derek wanted to bring glory to his hostel by winning the trophy but failed the last 3 years.
Anni was willing to give this another try as it was the last and final year for Derek in the college. They gathered the boys together and started making strategies for the tournament. They motivated the boys but it wasn’t enough for the winning the matches. H4 was lacking in good players and the other hostel strategically bribed the good players to have them play from their side.
So it was almost next to impossible for H4 to win. The first few matches went really bad as usual and H4 boys were frustrated. They didn’t have the zeal in them. All of them took a pledge to sacrifice their most favorite thing until they win GC.
Sexa had to bid goodbye to his magazine collections. Acid pledged not to use bad words. Derek promised not to smoke, Bewda packed all of his alcohol bottles and handed them over… Mummy decided not to talk to his mother and Anni decided to stay away from the love of his life Maya…
Maya was one most desired girls in the college. Already the female students were very less and on top on that she was drop dead gorgeous!
The boys had more focus to the game now and their strategies started working out… Everybody in H4 put their heart and soul into the championship,… Staying away from the addiction was draining them but it couldn’t stop them…
Present time : Anirudh called his college friends who are the life of his story… All of them left their work behind to support Anirudh and Maya in their time of crisis. All of them telling their part of the story to Raghav- as he was sceptical at first whether his father was speaking the truth!
Raghav’s health wasn’t getting better but he was feeling invested in the story…
Doctor informed Anirudh and Maya that Raghav needed to undergo another surgery because his injuries in brain… There was only 15 mins to before the operation and Anirudh was desperate to finish his story before that!
Flashback : It was the last day of the tournament with 3 matches. H4 had to win all of them to win the trophy… They won the two matches and lost the basket ball match by 2 points.
The boys felt heart broken and devastated but this time H4 gave a hard competition to the winning team H3 for which they were appreciated.
After all this hard work and sacrifice, they didn’t win the trophy.
Raghav was surprised to know that… He asked his father, “Didn’t you feel like dying that day?”
Anirudh explained… They got over it very soon as it wasn’t a loss after all, the boys gave their best – that’s why they were not losers anymore. Loser is who doesn’t wanna try in fear of failure, who loses to himself even before giving it a shot.
Anirudh cheered his son, “Come back my son as a fighter! ” And Raghav was taken to the operation room.
One year later Raghav stepped into his dream college with a smile on his face… His parents and others were wishing him luck for his new journey…
My thoughts on the story:
The story of the movie Chhichhore is simple, yet compelling. I don’t remember watching a movie with such a good message in recent time. We always focus to achieve big goals in life but we do not give enough thought to the possibility, what if we don’t achieve that goal. Will it crush our life? Will it be a failure, how will we handle that?
We are too afraid to ask those questions to ourselves…
When Raghav was fighting for his life in hospital, Anirudh was regretting for not making his son strong enough. Failure and success both are inevitable parts of life. He was upset that he never gave his son the option to fail. He told his son and they would celebrate his result together. Would he abandon his child if he came undone?
I want my son’s healthy and happy life more than anything– he confessed.
I think that’s a very important thing we all should remind ourselves time to time… Not to be upset over things that are outside our control…
My thoughts on Chhichhore:
I really loved the way the story was unfolding step by step.
There was no romantic drama, applauds for that!
The characters were realistic, the flashback scenes were highly entertaining. Just pure comedy. The performance couldn’t be better!
The only things that I’m slightly disappointed with is the makeup of the old characters. All of them were given a distinguishable reduced hairline. Many men do get bald with age but not all. I think the makeup team could do a better job there.
Also Maya was the only female character in the entire movie- that seemed a bit odd.
Overall I loved the movie. The depiction of the hostel life was perfect. I wasn’t surprised to that 2 big minds behind this movie had studied in IIT Bombay!
I wish that I could watch Chhichhore in hall last year, when Sushant Singh Rajput (played the character of Anirudh/Anni) was still alive… It’s one of his best performances… May his soul rest in peace.
“Kai Po Che” (2013) was Sushant’s first film. He also starred in Shuddh Desi Romance(2013), PK(2014), Detective Byomkesh Bakshy(2015), M. S. Dhoni the untold story(2016), Raabta(2017), Kedarnath(2018), Drive, Sonchiriya, Chhichhore (2019) and Dil Bechara(2020). Dil Bechara is Sushant’s last film that released after his death.
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