Chhorii focuses on the sensitive subject of female foeticide which is a plague to Indian society and this practice has been followed for quite sometime.
Chhorii tells the story of a young couple, Sakshi and Hemant, who seek shelter at their driver’s secluded house amidst a sugarcane field, to avoid getting tracked by a money lender. Sakshi, who is 8 month pregnant, starts experiencing weird things in the house which eventually tries to harm her unborn baby.
Based on the Marathi film, Lapachhapi, Chhorii is directed by Vishal Furia who also made the Marathi version. Chhorri takes some time to build on you as it prepares the premises and events which eventually led the couple forced into an unknown home. Once the actual events begins to unravel, there is no stopping back as the horror film gives you enough reason for the jump scare – one of my favorite scene is when Sakshi awakes in the middle of night to search for Tai (Mita Vashist) only to find her sitting at the corner with her eyes glowing similar to wolf’s eyes in the dark. Engaging scenes keeps you on the toes for the first half while with the second half, the horror drama becomes even more engrossing due to the unwanted circumstances in which Sakshi has to stay in the house alone for three days. The climax slips slightly but there is a good twist in the end which makes it a satisfactory ending.
Though a horror flick, Chhorii is based on the harsh reality prevalent in North India where female child is still considered as liability to her family. Hats off to Vishal Furia for handling the bold subject with skillful writing. Special mention for haunting background score by Ketan Sodha which infuses into the mood of horror film coupled with excellent cinematography by Anshul Chobey, art direction by Hemant Kumar and production design by Sheetal Duggal. Editing could have been better trimming few shots while ending, though provocative, could have been more satisfying.
Nushrratt Bharuccha gives it all as pregnant woman who is stuck up in the middle of nowhere, trying to save her unborn child from the scum of evil. If she played an evil-spirited baddie in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety with conviction, she transforms herself as Sakshi and her performance should be noteworthy. The extremely talented Mita Vashisth proves her mettle yet again as Tai with a solid support while rest of the star cast does fine with their roles.
Overall, Chhorii has the right intention to portray the message with electrifying performances and strong story. Don’t miss this 3.5/5.