Chhorii chokes you and leaves a lump in your throat when it concludes. Without preaching, the film offers a compelling case for the inhumane practice of female infanticide and foeticide, which is a clincher. While techniques to shock audiences are popular in horror films released on OTT platforms in recent months, this video stands out for scaring the spectator while conveying an interesting and meaningful plot. Director Vishal Furia has chosen a hot topic from today’s news to weave his storey around. In this situation, he creates a sense of dread through outstanding performances. This makes Chhorii an engaging watch that also makes you think about long-term social issues.
Spoilers would be revealed if we went into great depth about this dismal horror thriller. A pregnant mother, a dismal house, children, and an isolated habitat with few people for company are all present. Chhorii keeps you fascinated with fewer characters, but a lot of emptiness packed with thrills and surprises. Furia’s mise-en-scene adds some chills, but not a lot, beyond its primary idea.
The entire picture appears to be very natural due to its earthy and rustic atmosphere. The sophisticated camera movements in horror films are responsible for a lot of the scares, and Chhorii excels at them. The camera itself takes on the role of a character. Anshul Chobey’s camera movement is sophisticated, and it contributes to the development of tension by acting as a character in the plot, peering into minds and delivering timed jump scares. A couple situations in the film will make you angry and sad at the same time. Watch out for the scene where several dead babies are found in a dried well, or when the three deceased children tell Suneni that they will look after her new-born.
It’s exciting to see new-age directors casting actors like Mita Vashist in major parts. Despite working in films such as Drohkaal, Drishti, and Kasbaa and being a member of the industry since 1989, she was never given her due. Thankfully, Chhorii reintroduces her to the spotlight. Mita has given an outstanding performance as Bhanno Devi. She’s perfect for the part, whether it’s the accent or the demeanour. She can seem evil when the situation calls for it, and kind when the setting calls for it.
The pregnant woman Sakshi, played by Nushrratt Bharuccha, is at the core of this film, taking refuge in this near-deserted village home to avoid difficulties and safeguard her unborn child. Her propensity for tough roles and capacity to perform and adapt to varied environments is noteworthy for an actor who began her film career with Pyar Ka Punchnama. Nushrratt has been given the opportunity to portray a challenging character by Chhorii, and she has done it with conviction. Although Saurabh Goyal’s performance as Hemant is natural, the screenplay fails to do justice to his character. Rajesh Jais, who plays Kajla, the driver, has less screen time than Mita but is nonetheless excellent. Vishal Furia has recreated his Marathi film Lapachhapi as Chhorii, which preserves the original film’s horror factor.
The movie isn’t without flaws. Hemant’s character is ill-defined and inconsistent. You can figure out who he is about halfway through the movie. He gets attacked in one scene and then vanishes totally, reappearing just in the conclusion. Rajesh Jais’ role should have had more screen time because he is also a co-conspirator.
The movie focuses on female infanticide without preaching about the societal consequences. While the state is not named, it is evident that the video takes place in Haryana, which has one of the worst reputations for this inhumane behavior. Chhorii is a film that is equally exhilarating and terrifying. In terms of the horror genre, it’s a breath of fresh air.