A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie's story told, in part, to raise awareness of the epidemic in India of female infanticide due to traditional superstitions of patrilineal descent and the escalation of violence against women on a global scale.
Positive Role Models
Sakshi is a modern and independent woman who rejects traditional beliefs in India concerning the submissive status of women in relation to men, especially in marriage.
Indian movie highlights the contrast between traditional and modern roles of women in society and the problems that have emerged in a patriarchal society in which women are expected to be submissive and believed to be inferior to men.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror imagery and background music throughout. Woman shown set on fire and killed. Her undead body appears as a charred and shrieking ghost. Dead bodies of kids. Baby shown being dropped into a well. Woman beaten with a rod by her husband. Man stabbed to death; blood. Sound effects of woman stabbing her womb. Man punched, kicked, and beaten by goons until bruised and bloody. Woman shown tied up and forced to experience disturbing hallucinations.
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"Hell" used once.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke from hookah pipes -- these scenes include subtitles that warn the viewer of the health hazards of smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chhorii is a 2021 Indian horror movie in which a pregnant woman must save herself and her unborn child from traditional beliefs and mysterious forces. Expect horror movie imagery and scary music throughout. Some disturbing scenes include a woman being set on fire, a baby being dropped into a well, the dead bodies of kids, and women stabbing their wombs with a knife (heard but not shown). A woman is shown being beaten with a rod by her husband. A man falls on a knife and dies; some blood. Man beaten until bloodied and bruised by henchmen. Man beaten with a rod and knocked out. Woman shown tied up and forced to experience disturbing hallucinations. Characters smoke from hookah pipes -- these scenes include subtitles that warn the viewer of the health hazards of smoking. Overall, the movie is trying to make a comment on the epidemic of female infanticide as a result of traditional superstitions concerning patrilineal descent in India, and on a more global scale, the increase in violence against women in recent years. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a horror movie with a thoughtful and timely message, but also one that gets lost in cliches and excess. Chhorii has a unique third act filled with hallucinations and disturbing flashbacks and time jumps that's enjoyable in and of itself before everything is revealed in the end, but the journey to get to that point is filled with too-convenient plot points and an overreliance on horror elements that have been cliched for at least 20 years. Less than 30 minutes into it, the overdependence on "foreboding" background music filled with clanks and shrieks, paired with exaggerated sounds like water dripping, grows tiresome. It also clocks in at two hours and ten minutes, and there are enough redundant scenes to make the case that this could be at least 30 minutes shorter.
Somewhere in all of the jump scares, hallucinations, and shrieky background music is a message on female infanticide and violence against women. While this is all part of the "big reveal" at movie's end, it's obvious to anyone paying attention that this is the message the movie is trying to convey through this story. That message does come through, even with the PSA at the end concerning the epidemic of female infanticide in traditional and superstitious cultures and even if the story itself ends up being a little too on the nose no matter how chaotic it gets. The ambition to convey a message like this in a genre that often sticks to the basic "gore for gore's sake" formula of storytelling is admirable, but the cliches and the excess, more often than not, clouds rather than amplifies this message
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