Hichki Movie Review

Hichki, Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kabi

The story of a teacher and his/her students has been in the trend for years and some of them have proved themselves to be masterclasses such as the ‘Good Will Hunting’ and the ‘Dead Poets Society’. Hichki also highlights the same genre and has been pretty successful visualizing this delicate relationship.

The uniqueness of the storyline and the inspiration it promises to bring is something that everyone is looking forward to enjoy in this movie and if you wanna grab some exciting offers on your movie tickets, be sure to check out these pvr promo codes and save on your tickets for this movie.

Star cast of Hichki

  • Rani Mukerji: The veteran of some of the most successful and critically acclaimed films in Bollywood is playing the lead protagonist Naina Mathur in this film. Her notable works include Veer-Zaara, Black, Kavi Alvida Na Kahena, Mardaani and many more.
  • Supriya Pilgaonkar: The famous TV star plays the role of Sudha.
  • Harsh Mayar: The ‘I am Kalam’ famed teen star plays the role of Aatish, one of Naina’s students.
  • Other renowned casts of the movie include SachinPigaonkar, Kunal Shiinde, Shivkumar Subramaniam, Neeraj Kabi and Ivan Rodrigues .

The film is directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra who is relatively new to the industry but you can count on his perfectionist trait as he took a total of 6 years to make Hichki about which you can read more at the article on Business Standard.

Critic review of Hichki

Hichki has received mixed reviews from the critics. While all of them agree on the acting brilliance of Rani Mukerji, most of them are not so impressed by the script and some overemphasis on drama. Rachit Gupta of Times of India hailed it: “For all its shortcomings, the movie still has plenty of freshness, insights and emotional intelligence”. But Rohit Vats from Hindustan Times has written: “Rani Mukerji’s well-intentioned film could have been so much more”.

Story of Hichki

In Hichki, the director tells us the story of Naina Mathur, a budding teacher played by Rani Mukerji and her struggles to be successful at an elite academy. The story does not only show her struggles but the director has managed to swiftly string in the everlasting struggles between the rich and the not so fortunate society.

The protagonist, Naina, is diagnosed with Tourette syndrome which is a rather uncommon neuropsychiatric disorder. In most of the cases of this syndrome, the patients tend to have some sudden and strange movements of the affected muscles. Naina also has similar symptoms and she tends to make certain sounds and facial expressions at times.

Since childhood, Naina’s dream was to be a teacher as once a teacher stood up for her. Inspired by that act of generosity, Naina promises to herself to become a teacher one day and to make a similar effect on her students' lives.

But her condition came in between her and her goals. After trying for several years, an elite school agrees to give her a go, but the students she needs to teach are those from the less fortunate parts of the society. But she agrees to take on the challenge despite warnings from her peers that teaching these unruly kids is not going to be a walk in the park.

The movie then focuses on the struggles she faces including troubles in her family and constant mocking by the students. At this point, the movie also displays the huge socio-economical divergence that is still relevant in our society. 

At the end of the movie, Naina’s constant efforts earn her and her students a decisive success. The movie thus displays the ultimate victory over all adversities if the right amount of efforts are applied in the right direction. The socio-economic issues are displayed in the movie but it has failed to become a prominent message for the audience thanks to the script which is not at the par with other things in the movie.

Star Performance in Hichki

Rani Mukerji is certainly the star of the show. To portray the character of Naina which is a little challenging given her medical conditions, Rani gives her all to make it look perfect. She is bold, flawless and energetic throughout the movie and in our view, she is the glue that held the rather sketchy script together.

The rest of the cast has managed to complement the Rani in some of the cases but the script again limited them in most of their screentime. Harsh Mayar played the role of the student pretty well and at times you can see the glimpses of his brilliance.

Direction and music review of Hichki

Siddharth P. Malhotra’s second big venture in the Bollywood was not the very best but still impressive. We can notice some of his trademarks in this movie as we have seen earlier in ‘We Are Family’. At times in this movie, Siddharth has tried to be too much melodramatic which is becoming kind of a signature of Indian movies nowadays. Though he has succeeded to bring a few tears, this overload of melodrama can be a cause of disappointment for the seasoned Bollywood buff.

The music of Hichki is composed by young Jasleen Royal whom you have heard as a vocalist in the song ‘preet’ from the movie Khubsurat. The songs are pretty decent including a score from Arijit Singh but they failed to leave a significant mark in your minds. For a detailed music review of the movie do check out the article on the Indian Express.

Box office collection of Hichki

After releasing this Friday the movie has been performing greatly at the box office. As of now, the movie has managed to earn 41.15 crore at the box-office. You may think this amount is very low as we have seen many movies cross 100 crore mark in the recent times but what you must consider that this movie is not a regular commercial movie but a social movie with a deep meaning embedded in it. And in India, unfortunately, such movies gain a significantly lesser revenue than a commercial one. With every passing day Hichki is showing a rise in its daily gain and at this strong pace, you can expect it to go miles.

Trivia and ratings of Hichki

Hichki has successfully managed to win the hearts of most of its audiences and it has seen a positive rating on popular sites. 82% of the users at bookmyshow have loved the movie and rated it as high as 4.3 out of 5. IMDb has graced it with 7.5 stars out of 10 and Rotten Tomatoes have rated it at 80% which only proves the widespread popularity among the users.

Here are some of the interesting trivia about the movie.
  • This is the first movie by Rani after her maternity break.
  • It is director Siddharth P. Malhotra’s second film, 8 years after his first ‘We Are Family’.
  • The film trailer was displayed on the screening of Salman Khan starer ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’.

How to book tickets for Hichki

There is always an option to visit the cinema hall a little before the show and book your tickets but nowadays it is always better to reserve your seats earlier as most of the people now pre-book their’s online. Follow these easy steps to book your tickets for IrumbuTharai.

Head to the websites of your favourite theatres or Bookmyshow.
  • Search for Hichki.
  • Select the number of seats and also select your preferred location of them.
  • Proceed to pay.
  • Enter any promo code available.
  • Pay using your credit/debit card or other payment methods available.
  • If your payment is successful you will receive an SMS and an email confirming your reservation.


Hichki is a different kind of film with a stern social message. Though the script has failed to deliver the message in the most professional possible way, the movie still is a brilliant watch. It is a perfect watch for those who like to look out of the commercial films and can appreciate acting brilliance. So what’s holding you back? Pick a suitable time and location and watch a different movie which may change the way we look into the different people we encounter in our daily lives.

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