Rani Mukerji was last seen in Yash Raj Films’ Mardaani that released in August 2014. The actress has returned to the big screen with Siddharth P Malhotra’s Hichki that hit screens today after her maternity break. Rani essays the role of Naina Mathur. In the film, Rani’s character is struggling to get a job due to her involuntary tics. She then gets a job where she has to teach 14 students who come from an economically weak background. The relationship between Naina and the students forms the crux of the film. So does Rani Mukerji impress in the film without any hiccups? Read critic reviews of Hichki to find out! (ALSO READ: Aamir Khan Watched Rani Mukerji’s Hichki, Calls It A Superb Film – Read Review ) Also Read - As Gulabo Sitabo And Shakuntala Devi Gear to Release on OTT Platform, Yash Raj Films Plays Waiting Game

Times of India in its review said, “Rani Mukerji’s performance is distinction level stuff. She’s consistent with the Tourette Syndrome and she makes moments of high drama look absolutely effortless. The constant knocks on the chin are pure acting masterclass. Her performance adds the proverbial punch to this story. The casting is top notch too. Young actors who portray the unruly 9F class all do a wonderful job. Hichki had the potential to be more than just a classroom saga. It does touch upon Naina’s personal struggles and her conflicted relationship with her father. But it could’ve explored these aspects a lot more. ” Also Read - Tahir Raj Bhasin Says People Need to Take Time Out to Appreciate Life Once Lockdown Ends

According to Firstpost, “Unlike a Taare Zameen Par, or other films that deal with sensitive topics like neurological or psychological setbacks, Hichki sets a light tone right from the beginning. The opening sequence establishes her condition (Tourette Syndrome) and shows no signs of emotional manipulation or sympathy. Rani is effervescent as an aspiring teacher who tries to land a job in spite of having Tourette. Positivity can be seen on her face even when she’s not saying anything. Watching Rani play Naina Mathur can only bring about a deep sense of nostalgia. This is a talented face we’ve seen since the’ 90s. Supriya and Sachin Pilgaonkar play her parents, and words like “normal” and “this condition” are thrown around but without any judgment. Rani tries her best to practice normalcy, but as the first few moments unfold, we are shown how exactly it feels to live with Tourette.” (ALSO READ: Salman Khan Reveals How He Overcame His Hichki To Become The Superstar He Is Today (VIDEO) ) Also Read - Rani Mukerji: Hichki Began my Phase 2, it Broke Stereotypes Around a Married Actress

In their review of Hichki, Deccan Chronicle mentioned, “The first half deals with the misery of an underdog and the second half conveniently showcases the winning which is meant to be from the first frame. However, there are several touching moments in the film scattered all over. They make you cry, smile and understand how beautiful life is when one overcomes their own fears. Rani Mukerji is a show-stealer. She emerges as a true winner in every frame. Hats off to her that she could pull off Naina Mathur effortlessly. If there was any other actress, it would be difficult for her to pull this kind of role amidst a predictable plot. Rani comes with a relatability factor.”

According to Quint, “Director Siddharth P Malhotra packs in lots of heartwarming scenes about life in a school dealing with projects and extra sheets during exams, some dramatic dialogues about what a teacher should aim to achieve and tugging at our heartstrings with the sheer simplicity and innocence of it all. Rani Mukerji is in top form as she gracefully tackles life with her compulsive tics and “hichkis”. Also, the young actors playing students being in a lot of honesty to their performance. The ensemble cast of Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Hussain Dalal and Asif Basra provide ample support. ”

Khaleej Times in its review said, “Hichki, beyond doubt, belongs to Rani as she gets into the skin of Naina and stays in the body language of a person with Tourette syndrome throughout the film. Even in the scenes which demand heavy performances from her, she never misses the tic. One scene in the film particularly stands out as she portrays her vulnerable best, and it is the only two minutes into the film when she breaks down. It is moments like these that keep you engaged in the otherwise average movie.”