|Directed by||Nitesh Tiwari|
|Produced by||Sajid Nadiadwala|
|Edited by||Charu Shree Roy|
|Distributed by||Fox Star Studios|
|Budget||₹50 crore (US$6.6 million)|
|Box office||est. ₹215 crore (US$29 million) |
Chhichhore (transl. Immature) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Nitesh Tiwari, written by Tiwari in association with Piyush Gupta and Nikhil Mehrotra, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, with Fox Star Studios acquiring the distribution rights. Based on Tiwari's experiences as a student of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, the film stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty, Tushar Pandey and Saharsh Kumar Shukla, with Shishir Sharma and Mohammad Samad in supporting roles.
Set in the 1990s and 2019, Chhichhore tells the story of Aniruddh "Anni" Pathak, a middle-aged divorcee whose son Raghav tries to commit suicide but survives, though he is in a critical condition for his unwillingness to live out of fear he would be called a "loser". Desperate, Aniruddh goes against the wishes of his former girlfriend turned ex-wife Maya to recount his own journey in 1992 as a "loser" in a gang of six; as he continues along to convince Raghav, the other five receive news of the tragedy and decide to join their friend in his pain to complete a story they never fail to cherish as a lesson in their life.
Principal photography commenced in September 2018. Chhichhore was released on 6 September 2019, receiving generally positive reviews for its direction, performances, social message, and portrayal of hostel life in Indian colleges. Earning ₹2.15 billion (US$29 million) worldwide to emerge as a blockbuster, it received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi at the 67th National Film Awards announced in 2021. It also received five nominations at the 65th Filmfare Awards – Best Film, Best Director for Tiwari, Best Story, Best Dialogue and Best Editing.
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Anirudh Pathak a.k.a "Anni" is a divorced middle-aged man living with his teenage son Raghav Pathak, an aspiring engineer, who is awaiting the results of his entrance examination in the hope of enrolling in the Indian Institute of Technology. On the eve of the results, Anni gifts Raghav a bottle of champagne, promising him that they will celebrate his success together, unaware that Raghav is under intense pressure. The bottle of champagne only fuels Raghav's worries as to what will happen if he does not make it. The next day, while checking the results at his friend's apartment, Raghav finds out that he has not qualified for IIT exam results and, afraid of being called a "loser", he deliberately slips off the balcony to commit suicide, but survives, although in a fatal state. Anni rushes to the hospital where he tries to comfort his ex-wife Maya Pathak. She blames Anni for not noticing how much pressure Raghav was in. Dr. Sunit Dev "S. D." Kasbekar informs Maya and Anni that Raghav's condition is deteriorating as Raghav does not have the will to live. Realizing that his son is afraid of being called a "loser", Anni, who stumbles upon pictures of his college days, begins to recount the tales of his time in college in an attempt to rekindle hope in Raghav, who he wants to believe that his father, too, was once a "loser".
During the recount, the story flashes back to 1992 when it was his first day of college at the National College of Technology campus. Anni is allotted a room in Hostel no. 04 a.k.a "H4", which is famous for housing "losers". The occupants of H4 have earned this tag for numerous unknown reasons, one of them being the poorest quality of mess food on the entire campus. Dissatisfied, he applies to change his hostel block although a clerk informs him that his application might take time. Meanwhile, a senior H4 student Gurmeet Singh Dhillon a.k.a "Sexa" pokes Anni in the butt the first time they meet, but they soon become friends, with Anni describing Sexa as a hyper-sexual senior who was obsessed with porn all the time.
At this point, Raghav has a convulsion, causing Anni and Maya to panic, but Dr. Kasbekar reveals that he is now conscious, though his condition is still the same. When he asks about "Sexa", though, Anni, convinced that Raghav was listening, goes in with Maya to meet Raghav, who doubts if it is indeed a true story. Anni, convinced that he just needs proof to make his plan work, eventually traces Sexa through Google, who is currently working as a consultant in London, through a call, and informs him about the tragedy. Sexa postpones his work commitments and flies down to Mumbai to reunite with Anni and Maya, and seeing Sexa, an initially dismayed Raghav recognises him when he mentions his collection of adult magazines that was exactly the same as mentioned by Anni earlier. Raghav puts all his doubts to rest, as Sexa continues with the story.
Sexa narrates Anni's desperation to change his hostel, and in 1992, during their first conversation at a canteen, they notice Maya for the first time.
As the story returns to the present, Sexa narrates to Anni and Maya during a lunch break how he and his friend (another H4 senior) named Himanshu Deshmukh a.k.a "Acid" once received a funny pro-ragging request in 1992 from the father of a fresher named Sundar Srivastava a.k.a "Mummy", a young introvert who is tied to his mother's apron strings and is very dependent on her. At this stage, Mummy joins Sexa in the present-day, working as an executive in the United States, which has thickened his accent. When both Anni and Sexa spill news of Acid's arrival, Mummy exclaims to Raghav that Acid is "bad news". Anni then describes Acid as a school topper who began flunking his college tests and developed a bitter, swearing tongue. A brief introduction for Acid soon pans back to Sexa's classmate joining them in the hospital. All of them briefly reminisce the fun they had in their college days, showing their photo album to Raghav and telling him about Anni's newfound relationship with Maya back then, even as Dr. Kasbekar, time and again, informs them that Raghav's brain is swelling, and his condition doesn't show signs of improvement.
Meanwhile, back in 1992, a super-senior student named Raghuvir Chalkar a.k.a "Raggie", a hostelite of Hostel no. 03 a.k.a "H3", which is known to be a world-class hostel and the absolute antithesis of H4, fast-tracks Anni's application and offers him to come to H3, but Anni has a sudden change of heart while discussing this with Maya, later rejecting the offer, much to the chagrin of Raggie, who reveals that H4 super-senior Derek D'Souza, a well-known athlete, has been "rotting" for the past three years after having similarly rejected a previous offer.
Derek is revealed to be a chain smoker, and as he reunites with Anni, a scene of their first meeting back in 1992 plays out, wherein Derek reveals that Raggie is a full-blown college bully who inducts talented students from other hostels into H3 and claims total credit for winning "GC". An initially surprised Anni soon learns that H4's "loser" status comes from its consistently worst performances over the years in the "GC", which stands for General Championship, an annual sports competition where students of all the 10 hostels of the entire institute compete in 30 sports over a span of 2 months. Anni then convinces an initially sceptical Derek to try for one last time, and they begin a series of trials, hilariously failing in the bargain. After multiple attempts to find the right players fail, Derek gives the same reply to Anni as one that Dr. Kasbekar gives to him and Maya - that it has to be all about trying, for there's no other way.
Back at Anni's house, everyone is having a discussion, where Derek, Acid, Sexa, and Mummy tell Anni and Maya that they'll be sticking around to support them after Anni requests them to leave due to the negative reports of Raghav's health, when just before everyone can assemble for dinner on the dining table, Anni and the "losers" find their long-missing member, Saahil Awasthi a.k.a "Bevda", at Anni's doorstep. Bevda joins the group at the hospital the next day, and as is implied, he is shown to be the "Devdas-inspired drunkard" of the group, also a known chess champion.
They then recount that while preparing for the GC back in 1992, as they lose an initial string of matches in different sports, except carrom tournaments where Mummy leads them to the quarter-finals, all six boys decide to sacrifice things closest to them until they win the GC. Anni, in his bid, decides to temporarily boycott Maya, avoiding her constantly. However, this tactic hits back severely on their faces when Bevda has a relapse and is taken to hospital, causing the H4 team to lose hope. However, after a moment of introspection, Anni soon comes up with a trifecta of plans to defeat other hostels. His methods work, resulting in several massive victories for H4. During a celebration hangout at a bar, however, a violent clash between Raggie's gang and the leading losers culminates in Mummy injuring his finger, causing Mummy to lose the carrom semi-finals. Even as Acid consoles a crying Mummy, lack of representation in a weightlifting tournament instantly strikes an idea in Anni's head and he chooses Abhimanyu Rathore a.k.a "Danda", an H4 hostelite, to lose 2 kgs through training under Anni and Derek's supervision and compete in the 42 kg category. His hilarious victory is soon accompanied by Bewda's return from rehab, which the hostel celebrates. Bevda continues to reign in points for H4 in chess after his return, Derek's athletic skills prove a great asset for H4, and eventually, H4 makes it to the finals, pitted against H3, for the first time in college history.
Back in the present, Dr. Kasbekar asks Anni, Maya, and their friends to leave Raghav at this point, so that he can have his surgical operation done the next morning, and they all promise Raghav to wait patiently for the "climax". After the friends return to Anni's home, the friends have a discussion where Anni reveals that he probably failed in teaching Raghav how to deal with failures, pointing to the bottle of champagne he had bought for him. Seeing Mummy call up his son Vedant and tell him that he will gift him a bike irrespective of what his exam results would be, Maya surmises that Anni is an exceptional father and reconciles with him after an emotional breakdown. Right in the middle of the night, Anni's phone suddenly rings, wherein Dr. Kasbekar informs him that Raghav has had severe convulsions, and an immediate operation would have to be carried out. Anni requests 10 minutes for finishing the story, and Dr. Kasbekar, initially reluctant, gives in after Maya supports him.
They resume the story, where back in 1992, a vexed Raggie, upon learning of H4's methods, decides to sabotage Bevda by offering him a bottle of alcohol, and deliberately has his teammate injure Derek's foot. Bevda initially appears to be drunk when Anni and Sexa are to receive him, and after Anni departs for the basketball final, tends to move towards a loss in the game, when he suddenly reveals that he isn't drunk and that he had let his opponent make a huge mistake sacrificing his knight. Eventually, with both Acid and Derek winning the relay final, Bevda also wins the chess tournament. They reunite with Anni at the basketball court, and while Anni gets a penalty shot and aims for a 3-pointer, his shot misses by almost an inch, causing H4 to lose the GC by a close margin.
Back in the present, Raghav is shocked at this moment of loss and asks Anni if he felt like committing suicide at that moment, having lost a battle this close. Anni, Derek, Mummy, Acid, Sexa, Bevda, and Maya take turns in replying with a "NO", as Anni then explains in a flashback to 1992 that Raggie publicly called them "champs" instead of "losers" for the first time, creating a loud wave of cheer for H4 and congratulating the team for putting up a good fight. Anni then explains to Raghav that the H4 hostilities were never called "losers" again and that it is not one's results that decide whether he or she is a "loser", but rather one's efforts. Convincing him that he tried very hard, Anni asks Raghav to put up a strong face and fight all his challenges in life, including the operation, and as he is being taken to the operation theatre, Raghav visualizes Anni, Derek, Mummy, Acid, Sexa, Bevda and Maya in their younger selves cheering him to fight on.
A year later, a fully recovered Raghav attends his first day of college, requesting the viewers to never ask what the name of his college is or what his rank was since he is content that he is getting to live life and enjoy it to the maximum. As he reaches the new campus, he laughs at his senior's question as grown-up apparitions of his parents and the rest of the 'losers' look at him.
- Sushant Singh Rajput as Anirudh Pathak a.k.a "Anni": The leader of Team H4 (losers), Maya's love interest and later ex-husband
- Shraddha Kapoor as Maya Sharma Pathak: Anni's love interest and later ex-wife
- Varun Sharma as Gurmeet Singh Dhillon a.k.a "Sexa": Anni's senior who is obsessed with porn and is hyper-sexual all the time
- Tushar Pandey as Sundar Srivastava a.k.a "Mummy": An introvert who is Anni's classmate and is tied to his mother's apron strings
- Naveen Polishetty as Himanshu Deshmukh a.k.a "Acid": Anni's senior who constantly flunks his tests and has developed a bitter & swearing tongue
- Prateik Babbar as Raghuvir Chalkar a.k.a "Raggie": An senior student in H3 who detests Anni and Derek
- Tahir Raj Bhasin as Derek D’Souza: Anni's senior who has great athletic skills and is a chain smoker
- Saharsh Kumar Shukla as Saahil Awasthi a.k.a "Bevda: Anni's super-senior who is an alcohol addict and also a known chess champion
- Mohammad Samad as Raghav Pathak: Anni's and Maya's son
- Shishir Sharma as Dr. Sunit Dev "S. D." Kasbekar
- Nalneesh Neel as Pandu, Chef in H4 kitchen
- Abhilasha Patil as a Nurse in Dr. Kasbekar's hospital
- Saanand Verma as H4 staff member
- Gautam Ahuja as Rajveer, Raghav's friend
- Aashray Batra as Raghav's senior
- Rohit Chauhan as Criss Cross
- Neil Dhokte as H3 Maradona
- Akshay Neb as H3 Pele
- Abishek Joseph George as Venkatesh Naidu a.k.a "Venky", Raggie's friend and a hosteile in H3
- Rudrashish Majumder as H4 Bagula Freshie
- Nitin Kumar Singh as H4 Fish Freshie
- Ranjan Raj as Abhimanyu Rathore a.k.a "Danda", Anni's hostel friend in H4
- Raziya Sultana as Dulari Pitroda, Maya's hostel friend in H10
- Adarsh Gautam as Mr. Dhillon, Sexa's father
- Sanjay Goradia as Mr. Srivastava, Mummy's father
- Vishal Gupta as H4 Asthma Kabaddi player
- Kamaal Malik as Professor Mishra
- Dheeraj Shaji as Hostel Staff
- Nishad Mandalkar as Football Referee
Chhichhore is inspired by writer-director Nitesh Tiwari's own experiences of college life as a metallurgical engineering student at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, his alma-mater, which is depicted in the film as the "National College of Technology"; although not completely biographical in nature, it features character sketches loosely inspired by Tiwari himself as protagonist Aniruddha Pathak, as well as some of his closest friends and seniors. Some of the scenes were incorporated from the lives of co-writers Piyush Gupta and Nikhil Mehrotra, who worked under Tiwari at Leo Burnett.
Filming began on 30 September 2018, and first schedule was wrapped on 30 October 2018. The second schedule started on 14 November 2018 and wrapped on 15 December 2018. Major portions of the film were shot at IIT Bombay. The theme song was shot at cost of ₹90 million. This marks the reunion of choreographers Bosco–Caesar who have reunited after three years. Shane Nigam was supposed to play the role of a Malayali student, but opted out due to scheduling conflicts with Kumbalangi Nights; he was subsequently replaced by newcomer Abhishek Joseph George.
Marketing and release
Over the close of February 2019, the cast of the film donned their characters' costume video on the making of the poster on 30 May 2019.
The film is scheduled to have a theatrical release in China on 7 January 2022, the first in two years following a de-facto ban on Indian films there due to the 2020–2021 China–India skirmishes.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||31 August 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Woh Din"||Arijit Singh||4:18|
|3.||"Kal Ki Hi Baat Hai"||KK||4:00|
|4.||"Fikar Not"||Nakash Aziz, Dev Negi, Antara Mitra, Amit Mishra, Sreerama Chandra, Amitabh Bhattacharya||3:09|
|5.||"Control"||Nakash Aziz, Manish J. Tipu, Geet Sagar, Sreerama Chandra, Amitabh Bhattacharya||3:36|
|6.||"Woh Din" (Film Version)||Tushar Joshi||5:12|
|7.||"Khairiyat" (Bonus Track)||Arijit Singh||4:30|
Chhichhore received generally positive reviews from critics.
Sreeparna Sengupta of The Times of India gave the film three and a half stars out of five, praising the performances of Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma and Tahir Raj Bhasin. Sengupta noted that the screenplay was predictable and the pace was slow, but the film had a theme of academic success that connected with youngsters and parents, writing that "It [Chhichhore] tells you that the journey is far more important than the destination and that losing is as critical a life lesson as winning. The film scores high on many accounts and is certainly worth watching."
Chhichhore grossed ₹576 million on its opening week.
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