A love letter to chhichhore

It was 2016 when I entered my college life; I was excited because I finally get to meet a lot of people, have a lot of friends, fun, and relationships (the plural usage shows the confidence level). But the tables turned and when you ask me a single memorable moment in my college life, Images flash by and the answer would be “let’s not talk about it!”  The college group photo which lies in the darkest corner of my room turned upside down bares the witness to it.

Cut to 2019 I graduated ( lol didn’t even get to wear the robes) and having a great life outside the college life, I see a group of friends going to this movie about college life and I couldn’t because every time I watch something related to college life, that reminds me of my Taxi Driver phase. One fine evening after its digital release I stumbled upon this gem.

From the moment the film started I started to associate myself with raghav. Seeing him reminded me of myself in my intermediate. I was damn nervous at that time too, not for my IIT results but whether I will pass my intermediate or not. Well, luckily I did. Older Anni exactly like my father did was confident enough that his son will get in, but he didn’t. That moment when raghav fell from the terrace, I felt like the 16-year-old inside me took the fall. The way anni tries to tell his son about the concept of winners and losers with examples from his own college life, I wish my dad has done that.

Then starts the magical part of college life, bucket loads of fun. That was my favorite part of the story. That was magic and still relatable and real. I just realized I was the acid in my college group. It was a moving gesture of all his friends visiting anni when he is in difficulties after all “Sache dost wohi hote hai … joh achhe waqt mein aapki bajate hai … aur jab mushkil waqt aata hai toh wohi chhichhore aapke darwaze par khade nazar aate hai” Then moments later, this film teleported me into this zone. I was with these guys ignoring my surroundings laughing and crying with them. In simple words, this film made me nostalgic about college life I never had.

This film redefined the concept of winning and losing for me with lines like “Tumhara result decide nahi karta hai ki tum loser ho ki nahi … tumhari koshish decide karti hai”. That’s the level of hard-hitting dialogue and filmmaking which inspires me. Giving up on something we love or not talking to a loved one for a reason, all this made me go back to the silly days of my not so old college life. In college life, there is a tag associated with you and you get labeled as someone or something you are not. There is a battle you need to fight to get rid of that. I was rooting for the losers’ team because they are the underdogs, they are the ones because of whom the colleges survive and the system survives. And they remain the underdogs forever, this made me root for them till the last moment and finally, there is a payoff in the end. It’s not the result but efforts that matter. This film gave me a lesson I will never forget for life. I wish this film was released while I was in college .

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