CHHORII starring Nushrratt Bharuccha is Amazon Prime Video’s latest outing in the horror genre. After the OTT superhits Bulbul and Ghost Stories, this genre has become quite a hit. Director Vishal Furia tries doing a blind copy paste of his original 2017 Marathi film Lapachappi but fails to uplift this boring horror-thriller.
Forced by circumstances, Sakshi and Hemant, played by Nushrratt Bharuccha and Saurabh Goyal, find themselves relocated to a rural village in Haryana. The village is so shady that you can’t even find a cell phone signal in case of any emergency.
Sakshi then starts seeing eerie visuals that horror film enthusiasts are familiar with : children playing or laughing around her, the film then centres around her having to save her unborn child from creepy characters, real and supernatural. Without giving away much spoilers, there obviously is a Daayan that is haunting our leading lady.
Nushrratt Bharuccha is the centre of the film and is present in almost every frame. She is engaging and convincing. Mita Vashisht aces her part as the caretaker to Sakshi and makes you want to see more of her intriguing character.
Major credit for the movie’s authenticity goes to the DOP Anshul Chobey’s camerawork. A lot of horror thrills in the movie happen only because of the intricate camera movements. The camera itself becomes one of the characters and gives you a first person experience.
The dialogues aren’t edgy and include one-liners like ‘Aurat hi aurat ki sab se badi dushman hai’ which immediately takes you back to the cliched melodramatic cinema of the 80’s and 90’s.
The 158 minutes long movie seems stretched and doesn’t give you any jumpscares or goosebumps. It’s more of a take on the real life horrors than a horror movie itself. You might get an inkling of having seen bits and pieces of this movie in Rosemary’s Baby, but then Bollywood’s already been going the remake way, so who’s counting how many of them have inspired this one.
The social messaging in the movie is anything but subtle. It could have been an intelligent choice for a remake, for its subject – of female infanticide and feticide, but unfortunately never hits the right notes.
Chhorii is streaming now on Amazon’s Prime Video.