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Mukerji puts in a spirited performance as the Tourette's Syndrome sufferer and makes her constant verbal and physical tics seem natural and uncontrived.
Mukerji's performance, as previously mentioned, is at the mercy of her character - which alternates between being subject and subplot, according to the whims of a greedy two-pronged biopic.
Hichki is a genuinely earnest film made with heart. But it doesn't take enough risks and consequently doesn't touch a raw nerve.
At times Hichki feels too righteous...Fortunately the story is strongly underlined by the instances of the resourcefulness of the students and the idea that education should not be a one-size-fits-all concept.
Even if you ignore the core issues in the screenplay, Hichki doesn't even get the underdog winner story right.
Yes there are some laudable issues that are raised here...but the film doesn't go past the facile commentary; a very deliberate righteousness and piety, ingrained in the narrative, detracting rather than reinforcing the significant issue of inclusion.
For all its shortcomings, the movie still has plenty of freshness, insights and emotional intelligence. It can make you nostalgic about your school days and remind you of your favourite teacher. This one definitely deserves good grades.
Hichki oscillates between a strong-willed teacher and some kids pushing against the wall...It's well-intentioned and will move you, but it could have been so much more.
It's a delight to watch Mukerji play Mathur with a blend of consummate conviction, grace and gravitas.
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