Nushrratt Bharuccha-starrer Chhorii is a remake of the Marathi movie Lapachhapi directed by Vishal Furia. Now, since I haven’t seen the original movie, I’m going to give Chhorii a clear chance to be the winner in my eyes. Tbh, I wasn’t expecting a lot out of a Bollywood horror movie. I mean, we have all seen Bollywood horrors turn into comedy by the end of the story. But surprisingly, this one didn’t and it might even strike a chord with an avid horror movie fan. Check out our review of Chhorii and decide if you want to invest 129 minutes in it.
An endless trap awaits in the sugarcane fields
The movie starts with a clear intention and puts the audience in the right direction from the very first minute. A heavily pregnant Sakshi (Nushrratt) is happily spending her time with kids in an NGO. But due to some unpaid debts, her husband Hemant is beaten up by goons and the couple decides to escape for a few days. The couple’s driver, Kajala, has the perfect place for them to hide — his village. It is tucked away far from the city, in the middle of an endless sugarcane field that awaits the presence of the couple.
Sakshi is greeted with Kajala’s orthodox wife Bhano Devi who believes in eating only after her husband is done and never calls him by his name. But she acts as sweet as sugarcane and takes care of the couple like family. But when Hemant decides to go back to the city to settle his debts and leaves his wife in the village, things take a quick turn. Bhano Devi starts alluring Sakshi with her stories, but soon enough, Sakshi starts seeing through her pretence and calls her out.
A web of lies and illusions
While Sakshi is adamant about walking back into her life, leaving the spooky village behind, her husband is still MIA from the story. Meanwhile, she starts seeing and hearing children running around the house when the only people living in the village are the old couple and their daughter-in-law. But that doesn’t faze her, and even after constant warnings from Bhano Devi to maintain her distance, Sakshi keeps seeking them out.
When things seem to be getting out of control and off-track from Bhano’s plan, she decides to kidnap the couple and keep them in the village to fulfil her evil purposes. What follows next is Bhano telling stories to Sakshi of the misfortune that fell on her family which can be emotionally jarring. And to lift a witch’s curse, Sakshi must go through an ordeal of three days.
A prolonged climax that binds the story and gives a wake-up call
Amongst the jump scares and distorting visuals, the story unfolds horrors that are beyond that. It makes you question what you’ve been seeing through the whole movie and forces you to see what’s right in front of your eyes. A rude awakening on the concept of female infanticide is like a punch in the gut even when you are already expecting it. So, give this movie a shot because it definitely won’t disappoint.
Stream Chhorii on Amazon Prime.
PS: Nushrratt’s amazing acting will leave you in awe of her character!
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