‘CHHORII’ SPOOKS YOU WITH A MESSAGE

Rating: 3.5/5
The remake of the Marathi film Lapachhapi by the same director Vishal Furia is a strong entrant in the list of horror

Chhorii evokes tension, keeps you guessing, and nearly suffocates you in a claustrophobic setting. If you are sharp enough, you might guess how some characters will take shape. But even then, the film remains an intriguing affair, for the most part of it. Talking of flaws, there are some. Some questions all the way that bother you, which clearly should have been taken care of at the stage or scripting.

Watch the trailer here:

PLOT

An eight months pregnant woman (Nushrratt Bharuccha) along with her husband has to stay for some days in an isolated home in a remote village with a caretaker couple, who has secrets.

STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

The story is written by Furia with screenplay and dialogues by Vishal Kapoor. Laced with a message, it’s a decent story to hook you in horror genre. A genre that’s otherwise risky to the core has been dealt with not only maturity for the subject but also respect and justice to the genre. Coming to think of it, most of the story takes place in one single small location surrounded by heavy sugarcane crops. But there is hardly any dull moment, either in the content or what you see through camera.

Sugarcane crops which otherwise captivate you with their beauty, here send chills inside your body to an extent that you might get those tall sugarcanes in your nightmares. It’s an intelligent visual setting and quite different from what horror generally offers in the likes of palaces or mansions. The claustrophobic effect that they create work well for the plot.

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Nushrratt Bharuccha on sets of the film (image source: instagram)

The film is slow and you at times feel that there should have been some rush in the narrative for that thrilling effect. Rightly so, it could have offered a little more nail biting effect. Nevertheless, the story speaks to you in levels and these layers unfold as you go about it. Ofcourse during the later part of the film when the protagonist is all by herself, you do question the plausibility but the makers’ answer to that is cinematic effect. And that’s how you actually treat horror, for any film whatsoever.

There’s a predictability factor attached, which can become a dampener during the climax portions but by that time, you are quite immersed in the drama and narrative that you may not mind that. Or will you?

Smart viewers would get the end message just by the title of the film stamping the fact as you’ll watch it. Here, the makers lie at fault to some extent as they could have named their Hindi version something else and not Chhorii. The scenes through impressive sound design and score keep you glued and you are also left scared at various points of the film. Good thing- there’s consistency in how horror has been treated. There’s suspense attached to all characters and you want to discover more about them.

PERFORMANCES

This is Nushrratt Bharuccha’s best act till date. Her stars are shining bright that she landed on this role. Not to take away the fact that she’s acted nicely as well. She has many many shades in the film and she comes across as a seasoned actor.

Mita Vashishth is supremely powerful. A veteran, you really like her in this role as if it was written for her only. Great work

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A scene from the film (image source: amazon prime)

Rajesh Jais has a smaller role but he managed to capture your attention. He is good. Similarly, Saurabh Goyal also delivers a fine performance.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Hats off to score by Ketan Sodha and sound design by Baylon Fonseca. It is majorly because of these two departments that the film becomes what it is. Simple shots, no action but the sound makes the shots rise high. Very thoughtful sound design combined with score.

Cinematography by Anshul Chobey is also noteworthy, especially for the fact that there are not many spaces where the camera can travel. Within the limited spaces, you get variety. The portions involving sugarcane fields are indeed captured well giving something different and unique every time you go there. And hence the production design by Sheetal Duggal must be commended for keeping things simplistic using bare minimum things and creating the needed effect.

Editing by Unnikrishnan P P is quite good keeping in mind the written piece. There are scary and spooky moments. There are breathers. And there is adequate timing given to all.

Overall, it’s a good piece to enjoy. For better viewing experience, watch it on your big screen TV after creating the desired ambience at home.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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