What: Chhorii starring Nushrratt Bharuccha by Vishal Furia is a well-crafted scare that dares. The Hindi adaptation of the Marathi game changer in the horror genre Lapachhapi (2017) is a truthful remake that ups the ante of Nushrratt Bharuccha as an actress in her debut solo lead role that finds itself in the league of fine crafted shudh desi Indian horrors like Tumbbad (2018). Chhorii is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Chhorii movie synopsis
Set deep in the heartlands, Chhorii is the story of a modern, young couple, Sakshi (Nushrratt Bharuccha) and Hemant (Saurabh Goyal). Sakshi is eight months pregnant with her first child when the couple, forced out of their home, escapes from the city and seeks refuge in a house located deep inside sugarcane fields. What happened next.
Three kids, a tape recorder playing a lullaby, a sugarcane field that’s like a never-ending maze, a mysterious woman appearing and disappearing at will, eight months old pregnant women hearing a local fable involving crows, eggs and a poisonous snake from a lady much older than her, a creepy deserted well.
Enter the world of Vishal Furia's Chhorii (girl) that discards the popular Horrex concept (horror and sex musicals) with this loyal and truthful remake of his own Marathi original LapaChhapi (hide and seek).
Chhorii is a horror that uses metaphors and tackles the age-old evil which is real and a curse to the society. The social responsibility of Chhorii to raise a voice for the girl child comes naturally in this haunting juxtapose of fact, fiction and tradition that debates with the cliché approach that supports toxic male machismo and rotten patriarchy.
Writer director Vishal Furia with his co - writer Vishal Kapoor respects the Hitchcockian dignity by its atmospheric approach.
Vishal Furia’s VFX added knowledge helps in establishing the desired chills from the audience it’s a slow burner that ensures that the meal is cooked well and served hot.
Ketan Sodha’s haunting and perfectly atmospheric back ground score, Anshul Chobey’s mastery over his lenses amazingly maintains the dark mood even in sunlight and the movie gets its right shades as required from time to time without leaving the mystical feeling.
Unnikrishnan Payoor Parameswaran’s sharp editing enhances the experience.
Sheetal Duggal’s production design and Hemant Kumar’s art direction is in sync with the theme, the house, the well give a feeling of a creepy isolation.
Prashen Kyawal as post producer compliments the nature, theme of the movie and does a fine job.
Nushrratt Bharuccha as Sakshi is one of her finest work and she gives full justice to the role. Nushrratt Bharuccha’s portrayal as Sakshis is controlled and as well as striking.
Saurabh Goyal as Hemant has his moments and he is very good.
Mita Vashisht is excellent. Rajesh Jais is fantastic.
Pallavi Ajay makes a good impression.
Yaaneea Bharadwaj is fabulous.
Chhorii is well crafted atmospheric horror that gets its creeps ‘naturally’, a rare scare that dares and makes a statement on the prevailing horrors on and off screen. An extra for the atmosphere.