Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Writer: Nitesh Tiwari
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput as Anirudh “Anni” Pathak, the film’s protagonist and group leader of the H4 team
Shraddha Kapoor as Maya Sharma Pathak, Anni’s love interest and later ex-wife
Mohammad Samad as Raghav Pathak, Anni’s and Maya’s son.
Varun Sharma as Gurmeet “Sexa” Singh Dhillon, Anni’s senior who is obsessed with porn and is hyper-sexual all the time
Tahir Raj Bhasin as Derek D’Souza, Anni’s senior who has great athletic skills and is a chain smoker
Naveen Polishetty as Himanshu “Acid” Deshmukh, Anni’s senior who constantly flunks his tests and has developed a bitter, swearing tongue
Tushar Pandey as Sundar “Mummy” Srivastava a.k.a. Chomu, an introvert who is Anni’s classmate and is tied to his mother’s apron strings
Saharsh Kumar Shukla as Sahil “Bevda” Awasthi, Anni’s super-senior who is an alcohol addict and also a known chess champion
Prateik Babbar as Raghuvir “Raggie” Chalkar, an H3 senior who detests Anni and Derek
Aashray Batra as Raghav’s Senior
Rohit Chauhan as Criss Cross
Neil Dhokte as H3 Maradona
Abishek Joseph George as H3 Venkatesh “Venky”
Nalneesh Neel as H4 Pandu
Rudrashish Majumder as H4 Bagula Freshie
Nitin Kumar Singh as H4 Fish Freshie
Ranjan Raj as H4 Abhimanyu “Danda” Rathore
Raziya Sultana as H10 Dulari Pitroda
Adarsh Gautam as Sexa’s father
Sanjay Goradia as Mummy’s father
Vishal Gupta as H4 Kabaddi player who has asthma
Kamaal Malik as Professor Mishra
Shishir Sharma as Doctor Sunit Dev Kasbekar
Abhilasha Patil as Nurse
Saanand Verma as Hostel Staff member
Aniruddh “Anni” Pathak (Sushant Singh Rajput) is a divorced middle-aged man living with his teenage son Raghav (Mohammad Samad), an aspiring engineer, who is awaiting the results of his entrance examination in the hope of enrolling in an Indian Institute of Technology. On the eve of the results, Anni gifts Raghav a bottle of champagne, promising him that they will celebrate his success together, unaware that Raghav is under intense pressure. The bottle of champagne only fuels Raghav’s worries as to what will happen if he does not make it. The next day, while checking the results at his friend’s apartment, Raghav finds out that he has not qualified for IIT in JEE – Advanced results and, afraid of being called a “loser”, he deliberately slips off the balcony to commit suicide, but survives, although in a fatal state. Anni rushes to the hospital where he tries to comfort his ex-wife and Raghav’s mother Maya (Shraddha Kapoor). She blames Anni for not noticing how much pressure Raghav was in. Doctor Sunit Dev Kasbekar (Shishir Sharma) informs Maya and Anni that Raghav’s condition is deteriorating as Raghav does not have the will to live. Realizing that his son is afraid of being called a “loser”, Anni, who stumbles upon pictures of his college days, begins to recount the tales of his time in college in an attempt to rekindle hope in Raghav, who he wants to believe that his father, too, was once a “loser”.
In 1992, on the first day of college, Anni is allotted a room in the H4 hostel, which is infamous for housing “losers”. The occupants of the H4 hostel have earned this tag for numerous unknown reasons, one of them being the poorest quality of mess food on the entire campus. Dissatisfied, he applies to change his hostel block although a clerk informs him that his application might take time. Meanwhile, senior H4 student Gurmeet “Sexa” Singh Dhillon (Varun Sharma) pokes Anni the first time they meet, but they soon become friends, with Anni describing Sexa as a hypersexual senior who was obsessed with porn all the time. At this point, Raghav has a convulsion, causing Anni and Maya to panic, but Kasbekar reveals that he is now conscious, though his condition is still the same. When he asks about “Sexa”, though, Anni, convinced that Raghav was listening, goes in with Maya to meet Raghav, who doubts if it is indeed a true story. Anni, convinced that he just needs proof to make his plan work, eventually traces Sexa, who is currently working as a consultant in London, through a call, and informs him about the tragedy. Sexa postpones his work commitments and flies down to Mumbai to reunite with Anni and Maya, and seeing Sexa, an initially dismayed Raghav rests all his doubts to rest, as Sexa continues with the story.
Sexa narrates Anni’s desperation to change his hostel, and during their first conversation at a canteen, they notice Maya for the first time. As the story returns to present, Sexa narrates how he and a guy named “Acid” once received a funny pro-ragging request from the father of a fresher named Sundar “Mummy” Shrivastava (Tushar Pandey), a young introvert who is tied to his mother’s apron strings and is very dependent on her. At this stage, Mummy joins Sexa in present day, working as an executive in the United States, which has thickened his accent. When both Anni and Sexa spill news of Acid’s arrival, Mummy exclaims to Raghav that Acid is “bad news”. Anni then describes “Acid” as a school topper who began flunking his college tests and developed a bitter, swearing tongue. A brief introduction for “Acid” soon pans back to Himanshu Deshmukh (Naveen Polishetty), Sexa’s classmate, joining them all. All of them briefly reminisce the fun they had in their college days, showing their photo album to Raghav and teling him about Anni’s newfound relationship with Maya back then, even as Kasbekar, time and again, informs them that Raghav’s brain is swelling. Meanwhile, super-senior student Raghuvir “Raggie” Chalkar (Prateik Babbar), a hostelite of H3, which is known to be a world-class hostel and the absolute antithesis of H4, fast-tracks Anni’s application and offers him to come to H3, but Anni has a sudden change of heart while discussing this with Maya, later rejecting the offer, much to the chagrin of Raggie, who reveals that H4 super-senior Derek D’Souza (Tahir Raj Bhasin), a well-known athlete, has been “rotting” for the past three years after having similarly rejected a previous offer.
Derek is revealed to be a chain smoker, and as he reunites with Anni, a scene of their first meeting back in 1992 plays out, wherein Derek reveals that Raggie is a full-blown college bully who inducts students from other hostels into H3 and claims total credit for winning “GC”. An initially surprised Anni soon learns that H4’s “loser” status comes from its consistently worst performances over the years in the “GC”, which stands for General Championship, an annual sports competition whence 10 hostels compete in 30 sports over a span of 2 months. Anni then convinces an initially skeptical Derek to try for one last time, and they begin a series of trials, hilariously failing in the bargain. After multiple attempts to find the right players fail, Derek gives the same reply to Anni as one that Kasbekar gives to him and Maya – that it has to be all about trying, for there’s no other way.
Back at Anni’s house, everyone is having a discussion, when just before everyone can assemble for dinner on the dining table, Anni and the “losers” find their long missing member, Sahil “Bewda” Awasthi (Saharsh Kumar Shukla), at Anni’s doorstep. Bewda joins the group at the hospital the next day, and as is implied, he is shown to be the “Devdas-inspired drunkard” of the group, also a known chess champion. They then recount that while preparing for the GC, as they lose an initial string of matches in different sports, except carrom tournaments where Mummy leads them to the quarter-finals, all six boys decide to sacrifice things closest to them until they win the GC. Anni, in his bid, decides to temporarily boycott Maya, avoiding her constantly. However, this tactic hits back severely on their faces when Bewda has a relapse and is taken to hospital, causing the H4 team to lose hope. However, after a moment of introspection, Anni soon comes up with a trilogy of plans to defeat other hostels. His methods work, resulting in a number of massive victories for H4. During a celebration hangout at a bar, however, a violent clash between Raggie’s gang and the leading losers culminates in Mummy injuring his finger, causing H4 to be disqualified from the carrom semi-finals. Even as Acid consoles a crying Mummy, lack of representation in a weightlifting tournament instantly strikes an idea in Anni’s head when he chooses Abhimanyu “Danda” Rathore (Ranjan Raj), an H4 hostelite, to lose 2 kgs and compete in the 42 kg category. His hilarious victory is soon accompanied by Bewda’s return from rehab, which the hostel celebrates. Bewda continues to reign in points for H4 in chess after his return, Derek’s athletic skills prove a great asset for H4, and eventually, H4 makes it to the finals, pitted against H3, for the first time in college history.
Kasbekar asks Anni, Maya and friends to leave Raghav at this point, so that he can have his surgical operation done the next morning, and they all promise Raghav to wait patiently for the “climax”. After the friends return to Anni’s home, where he reconciles with Maya after an emotional breakdown, Anni’s phone suddenly rings, wherein Kasbekar informs him that Raghav has had severe convulsions, and an immediate operation would have to be carried out. Anni requests 10 minutes for finishing the story, and Kasbekar, initially reluctant, gives in after Maya supports him. They resume the story, where a vexed Raggie, upon learning of H4’s methods, decides to sabotage Bewda by offering him a bottle of alcohol, and deliberately has his teammate injure Derek’s foot. Bewda initially appears to be drunk when Anni and Sexa are to receive him, and after Anni departs for the basketball final, tends to move towards a loss in the game, when he suddenly reveals that he isn’t drunk, and that he had let his opponent make a huge mistake sacrificing his knight. Eventually, with both Acid and Derek winning the relay final, Bewda also wins the chess tournament. They reunite with Anni at the basketball court, and while Anni gets a penalty shot and aims for a 3-pointer, his shot misses by almost an inch, causing H4 to lose the GC too close.
Raghav is shocked at this moment of loss and asks Anni if he felt like committing suicide at that moment, having lost a battle this close. Anni, Derek, Mummy, Acid, Sexa, Bewda and Maya take turns in replying with a “NO”, as Anni then explains in a flashback that Raggie publicly called them “champs” instead of “losers” for the first time, creating a loud wave of cheer for H4 and congratulating the team for putting up a good fight. Anni then explains to Raghav that the H4 hostelites were never called “losers” again, and that it is not one’s results that decide whether he or she is a “loser”, but rather one’s efforts. Convincing him that he tried very hard, Anni asks Raghav to put up a strong face and fight all his challenges in life, including the operation, and as he is being taken to the operation theatre, Raghav visualizes Anni, Derek, Mummy, Acid, Sexa, Bewda and Maya cheering him to fight on. A year later, a fully recovered Raghav attends his first day of college, requesting the viewers to never ask what the name of his college is or what his rank was since he is content that he is getting to live life and enjoy it to the maximum.