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'Nil Battey Sannata' Reviews (Page 3)

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Go Swara :)

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abb yeh picture to dekhna hi padega..
meanwhile that ullu kejriwal also tweeted about it.
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Nil Battey Sannata review by Anupama Chopra: Happy endings all around

  • Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi|
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2016 16:20 IST

Swara Bhaskar plays Chanda, a domestic help, in Nil Battey Sannata. (YouTube)

Nil Battey Sannata 
Cast: Swara Bhaskar, Ria Shukla, Pankaj Tripathi, Ratna Pathak Shah
Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Rating: 3/5

Nil Battey Sannata is UP slang for good-for-nothing. The good-for-nothing here is Apeksha, a 15-year-old girl living in Agra. Apu likes Ranbir Kapoor, watching TV and dancing. She's fiery and funny. She also has a temper. Apu is, as her mother Chanda puts it, a ziddi ghodi'.

Apu gets especially furious when Chanda starts talking about math. Apu can't grasp numbers and she refuses to invest her energy in deciphering them. Because Apu is a realist " Chanda is a maid and Apu knows that the daughter of a maid has little chance of becoming anything more than a maid. At one point, she mournfully declares that poor people shouldn't have dreams.

But Chanda isn't as willing to succumb to their circumstances. With great resilience and courage, this single mother proves that math, poverty, lack of opportunity " all obstacles " can eventually be overcome if you work hard enough.

It's a sweet, sanitised and somewhat simplistic story that debutant director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari tells with a light touch and a lot of heart.

The film's emotional centre is the relationship between mother and daughter. They are friends but also foes who compete and fight bitterly. Writer Nitesh Tiwari nails the faultlines in their bond and both Swara Bhaskar as the mother and Ria Shukla as the daughter deliver strong performances. Swara movingly portrays the anguish of a mother who is desperate to give her daughter a better life.

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is the director of Nil Battey Sannata. (YouTube)

I also enjoyed watching the quietly hilarious Pankaj Tripathi as the principal of the school where both mother and daughter enroll. The principal doubles as math teacher. In one class, he calls Apu a fused bulb but his voice is more concerned than cutting.

Cinematographer Gavemic U Ary skilfully captures the beauty of Agra " the river, the Taj Mahal, the roadside vendors selling jalebi and lassi, all become part of the narrative. The supporting characters are also nicely cast " Ratna Pathak Shah plays Chanda's advisor, guide and boss. And keep an eye out for Apu's friend Pintoo, a boy whose attitude and hair style contradict his mundane ambition to be a driver.

But despite its many strengths, Nil Battey Sannata stumbles because the story is too slim. Even at 100 minutes, the film feels stretched. In the second half especially, it feels like we are treading the same ground. There are big problems but kindly, helpful people appear and solve them. The local Collector is such a decent man that he has tea with Chanda and patiently answers all her questions. Ashwiny keeps the tone resolutely optimistic and inspirational. Yes there is grief, but it never gets grim. Which keeps the stakes low for the audience. I never felt overly concerned for Chanda and Apu because I knew that, eventually, the knots would unravel.

So Nil Battey Sannata comes off as slight in places but it leaves you with a sense of hope. And really, what is the downside of that?

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Movie Review: Nil Battey Sannata

Rachit Gupta
Written By Rachit Gupta
Features Editor
Posted Fri, Apr 22, 2016Movie Review: Nil Battey Sannata

The best films, like the best stories tell you something about yourself. Through their characters and situations these films show you a mirror not just to life itself but to your own personality and experiences. Also, such films are a rarity. They're about as abundant as most people's bank accounts. And yet, their richness leaves a lasting impact on you. You tend to remember these films the most. Each time, cherishing the art, the craft, the music and the characters as if they were part of your own life. That's Nil Battey Sannata for you. It's slice of life, but in an inspirational sort of way. It doesn't preach. It doesn't critique. It doesn't sensationalize. It tells you a simple story of motherhood and the value  dreams hold to human beings. In the process it enriches your perspective on life and self.

The story of this little gem, deals with a mother named Chanda (Swara Bhaskar) and her daughter Apeksha (Ria Shukla). Chanda is a maid in a middle-class home in Agra. And to earn a few extra bucks she also takes up odd jobs at a shoe factory and dhobi ghat. She needs the extra income so she can provide a decent education to her daughter. But Apeksha aka Appu is as spoilt as a rich kid. She doesn't want to study at all, much to the chagrin of her mother. Chanda tries her best to inspire Appu into academics, losing sleep and greying her hair in the process. It's a simple story, but the themes it showcases are complex and pertinent. Mother and daughter have a peculiar relationship. They're more like sisters and eventually they even share a sense of aggressive sibling-like rivalry. The story of Nil Battey Sannata is it's strength. The screenplay has minor gripes but none that steal the impact of this modern mother-daughter tale. You could call this film, India's answer to The Pursuit Of Happyness.

The film's emotional impact is solid and genuine. You feel for Chanda the most. You invest all your faith in her journey and her dreams. That becomes the all important message. So when her character says, 'Gareeb woh hote hain jinke paas sapne nahi hote' it wrenches your gut. And yet, the movie cajoles and coaxes you to believe in dreams. That's the big emotional victory in Nil Battey Sannata.

The performances are second win. Ratna Pathak Shah, who plays Chanda's benefactor and chief emotional anchor, takes control right at the onset. She's effortlessly phenomenal. And yet, like the greatest actors she knows when to step aside and let others take lead. That's exactly what she does and from there on, Swara Bhaskar gives the performance of a lifetime. The dedication, the nuance and the depth in her portrayal of a desperate mother are pitch perfect. Her performance deserves a standing ovation. Young Ria as the firebrand daughter Appu is super as well. And then you have Pankaj Tripathi as the eccentric principal. His performance is so funny because it's a masterclass in comedy. The actors make this film so memorable.

Contributions from director/writer Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and her team of writers is fabulous as well. The story in particular, helmed by Dangal's director Nitesh Tiwari, is the driving force of the film. Aspects like the cinematography, which captures an unknown earthy sight of Agra, sound design and production design make this film authentic and impressive. The music is perfect and colourful. The dialogue is soul stirring in the film. In the big bad world of big ticket releases this little film with a big heart has all the right ideas. The execution of those ideas has been done with utmost honesty and the end result is a film that can move it's audience to tears. Watch this and you will want to give your mother a bear hug. Do not miss this gem.

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The concept of this movie is worth to watch...

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reviews sound good

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I hate it when the trade does this:

#NilBatteySannata looks too forced a drama and,therefore,will not work at the box-office too well. Read my review at: http://

Agreed 110% "Nil Battey Sannata"... A well-made, at times moving, but facile drama ... via @baradwajrangan

I wish Swara got a National Award for this already, it would have given it a good buzz!Cry Why did the director & scrpitwriter drop the ball like this!Angry Upset for all the actors in this movie. & even more that the public does little support these type of movies!!!

Swara is a lock for this years NA though. I wanted the film to get big @ the BO so she could win some mainstream best actress awards like Filmfare. Still hoping for the best!

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