Huchchi

Most of the actors have the penchant to do these roles - prostitute, insane or retarded person, or a villain even, in the belief that they may venture beyond inane histrionics. For some it is a showcase of existing, but hidden skills, while for others it can be a learning process. It is perhaps, with such an intention, Pooja Gandhi chooses to play a ‘huchchi’  in this film. But, the label does little justice as in reality she is Preethi, a mentally-troubled girl with good intentions. On a sunny day, she is forced to confront and battle her inner demons while ensuring neither she nor her ward Chinnu (Baby Soundarya) is hurt. Caught in between are Chinnu’s parents Dr Sumant (Dharma) and Rekha (Sudharani). Dr Siddharth (Anant Nag) assists Preethi to eventually vanquish her fears.

The story is easily ‘inspired’ by several Hollywood offerings. The director’s inexperience shows up in places, not helped by Navin Suvarna’s lighting and camerawork. The entire film has an episodic feel to it. Mercifully, Venkatesh Panchangam gets his basics right in this medico-sentimental offering. The doctor parents are not hysteric and the suggestion part by psychiatrist Siddharth is natural.

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