Movie – Hichki (2018)
The song Oye hichki 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 M.Sc. and 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 particularly unruly, misbehaved class because these students were admitted at 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. After Naina takes the attendance, she sits on the chair and it collapses. This was the student’s way to get rid of Naina like they did with the previous teachers. A few pranks later, they realize that Naina is a tough nut to crack and one by one they fall in line with Naina’s teaching.
But, one boy Atish (Harsh Mayar) is ridiculed by the brighter students of 9A and takes an effective revenge by exploding 9A’s Science Fair entry. This event becomes a reason for the expulsion of 9F. But, Naina convinces the principal (Shivkumar Subramaniam) to let them give their final exams. However, she is unable to stop their suspension. Despite all the hassles, Naina helps the students to study for the final exams. This song depicts the hard work of both Naina and the students.
Song – Oye hichki
The song Oye hichki was penned by Jaydeep Sahni and the music was composed by Jasleen Royal.
The song highlights the main protagonist’s determination to reach her goal.
Video – Oye hichki
The cinematography is by Avinash Arun.
This is again a promotional video of the song. The video opens with the scene of the slums. The kids and Rani Mukherjee come together at an open space near the slums. She begins to sing this song. The kids are seen dancing. One of the girls has a wooden leg and she tightens the heavy anklets on it with determination.
A dark girl decides not to wear makeup when a boy comes to ‘see’ her with a matrimonial alliance. Rani Mukherjee educates not only the students but also the adults living there about cleanliness, hygiene and the proper disposal of waste materials. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Oye hichki has been sung by Harshdeep Kaur 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.