Movie – Hichki (2018)
The song Madamji go easy was featured in the hit Yash-Raj Films’ dramedy Hichki (2018) meaning hiccup, produced by Maneesh Sharma and directed by Sidharth Malhotra. The story of the movie was officially adapted from Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, which is an autobiography of Brad Cohen. Cohen had also shared his advice during the production of the movie. The movie starred Rani Mukherji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Hussain Dalal, etc.
Naina Mathur (Rani Mukherji) is an aspiring teacher with an M.Sc. and a B.Ed. qualifications. But, she does not get a job for 5 years because she suffers from Tourette Syndrome, which is exaggerated due to nervousness during interviews. Her mother (Supriya Pilgaonkar) and her brother (Hussain Dalal) support her. She has a strained relationship with her father (Sachin Pilgaonkar), who has divorced her mother.
One day, Naina is offered a job at St. Notker’s School where she herself had studied, after applying there 5 times before. She had been persistently trying to get this job because her inspiration was her former principal Mr. Khan (Vikram Gokhale). The principal was considerate enough to announce to the students and their parents during a function about her disability and requests everyone to treat her like other children. He had assured her that she would not be expelled for being different.
Coming back to the present, Naina’s confidence impresses the school management and she is assigned the class 9F. It turns out that this is a visibly unruly, misbehaved class because these students were admitted to the school to fill the government-recommended quota for the underprivileged. These students were from a nearby shantytown.
On the first day itself, they show their true colors. They start with mocking her for her involuntary sounds. She decides to teach them interactively and is determined to improve them in every way. These are just 14 students. But, in my teaching experience, I used to be given bigger classes of 70 odd students. You can imagine how it would be dealing with them. In that particular school where I had to deal with near about 70 eighth grade students, I don’t know how I created a place in their hearts. Even I had been recruited during mid-term like Naina. The previous class-teacher had been tortured by them.
One day, I was teaching a class on the upper floor. The previous class teacher was teaching history in my class. The unruly class did not allow her to teach. She found me out and complained to me. I went with her to my class. I had developed backache because there was no seating arrangement for teachers in the classes and most of the room was occupied by the students.
I told the other teacher to hold my hand to help me ease the backache a little. We climbed down the stairs together. When my students saw me, they fell silent. I looked at them and calmly told them to stand up on their seats. I went back to the class where I was teaching when the other teacher had come to seek me. During the next lecture, I was supposed to be with my class students. When I went there, they were obediently silent and still standing on the seats. Some girls seemed to be uncomfortable due to backache. I felt pity for them and told them to sit. I really don’t know what made them so obedient toward me. It’s still a mystery to me. This was at the same school where the senior English teachers would organize dramatic sessions during other lectures.
In the movie; after Naina takes the attendance, she sits on the chair and it collapses. This was the student’s way to get rid of Naina as they did with the previous teachers. At that moment, this song is heard in the background.
Song – Madamji go easy
The song Madamji go easy was penned by Benny Dayal and Devid Klyton and the music was composed by Jasleen Royal.
The song is a suggestion to the main protagonist to go easy on the students.
Video – Madamji go easy
The cinematography is by Avinash Arun.
This is again a promotional video of the song from YRF. The video opens with Rani Mukherjee looking at the exterior of her school with expectations and pride. The next shot is of some teenage students coming toward the camera in darkness.
Some lyrics are in Tamil. They reveal the attitude of the students from the slum area. The students’ mischievous nature is shown in the next shot.
The song ends abruptly when the shot where Rani Mukherjee falls down with the collapsing chair in the class. The video also ends there.
Madamji go easy has been sung by Benny Dayal and David Klyton and onscreen performance is by Rani Mukherjee and others.
The typical generation X filmi song is a reflection of how most current students are. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.