Available on Amazon Prime Video.
A couple (Sakshi & Hemant) are put into unthought-of circumstances due to the husband’s unpaid debts, leaving them with no option but to go underground for a few days. They choose their driver’s village which has only 5 houses as per him and 2 belong to the driver. After spending a day in the house arrested by the dense sugarcane crops, Sakshi realises all isn’t as plain as it looks and begins the game of ‘Lapachhapi’.
On the surface level, Chhorii is a horror-survival drama with a pregnant woman at the centre of it. But if you scratch and try to go deeper, the movie is about the horrors of our society that are scarier than the ghost we see on the screen. It is a scary tale about a nameless town that looks at a newborn girl child as an ill omen and sacrifice them for prosperity. The messaging of the remake stays true to its original and doesn’t change the essence.
Nushrratt Bharuccha has been making some experimental choices and it is fun to see her explore more. In Chhorii she becomes a woman who is stuck in a situation and her unborn child is at stake. She strives hard to save it and stumbles upon the darkest secret. Nushrratt is almost in each frame of the movie and she does manage to give us the thrills and chills when she is afraid and helpless.
Vishal Furia tries to take up the scale of his story. He makes the surrounding more gripping and scary. He tries to pack a maximum punch by the end, in the process the first hour seems like it isn’t used to its full capacity. But once he begins his game, there is no looking back, at least for the first time viewers. The background score by Ketan Sodha is spooky and appropriate for the movie. It does add on the chills, thumbs up. The best decision is to keep the film songless for the major part. The production design is also to be appreciated because it is very limited space and creating visually appealing and scary sets is a talent.