The year has been surprisingly good for Bollywood. With mainstream stars doing some offbeat roles like Akshay Kumar in Airlift and Sonam Kapoor in Neerja, there are some brilliant actors like Swara Bhaskar in Nil Battey Sannata, from director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari who are making this better.
Produced by Anand L. Rai who is known for his Tanu Weds Manu films and Ranjhana both based in the north Indian heartland, Nil Battey Sannta is a story from Agra not so far from the National Capital, about the dreams of a mother and her ordeal with the world in getting it fulfilled.
As we saw in the trailers the film is about Chanda (Swara Bhaskar) who is a single mother, and works as a housemaid to earn a living for self and her daughter. She has a dream of getting her educated well to become something better whereas the daughter Apeksha (played brilliantly by Ria Shukla) doesn’t really have the motivation due to the pessimism she sees around herself. There begins the journey of a mother who has to work and fight with the world in getting her dreams for her daughter fulfilled.
- The story which is about education, woven with believable characters you can relate with is the strongest part of the film.
- The acting, each one of the characters in the film shine as they play their part with so much heart it reaches to you, be it the exceptional Ratna Pathak Shah who acts as the mentor to Chanda, or the Government School headmaster Pankaj Tripathi who is hilariously fantastic, or even the child actors perform their part with brilliance. Then the lead pair of mother and daughter who are just amazing. Also there is a cameo from a very good actor.
- The direction, it is absolutely top notch keeping the narrative real and with humorous inputs that will bring out a smile and sometimes even a laugh, and at times will break your heart and bring tears to your eyes. The important part is that it has a message that should reach to wider audience and the film will appeal to everyone.
- The dialogues, have always been the most talked about part of Rai’s films, this one is no exception. The funny abuses that the mother yells at her daughter, or the incredible examples that the headmaster has to motivate the students are superbly done.
- Well if you are use to the song and dance affair of Bollywood and he over the top drama then you might not like this one.
The movie is about the importance if education and is told with a true to heart story, and keeping it interesting. It should be shown free to everyone, not just to the under privileged but also to the privileged ones as they might learn to value the education and the privileges. And to uplift the society there has to be a partnership between the classes. Watch it, it is tax-free in UP and Delhi.