Nil Battey Sannata hindi movie review
These are days when writers and directors are finding it hard to get good stories and thread for an effective feature film. Even if they could find one, there would be hardly any life in it nor does it will have a spark that will ignite the people watching it. I am not pointing fingers collectively at people involved in writing and finding stories. But it is a reality that we are deprived of good stories now except very few.
Contradicting my above words is Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari whose work Nil Battey Sannata is a simple and little but a beautiful story with a heart in it. You can use whatever adjectives you have in your kitty to describe this gem of a movie that depict the relationship between a focused & fighting mother and her daughter.
Chanda (Swara Bhaskar) is mother to Apeksha whom she fondly calls Appu. Chanda is a maid and dreams it big when it came to her daughter’s education is concerned. She makes all the dedication and focus of her life towards this dream and sacrifices lot of things in the process to ensure that her ward gets good education and doesn’t end up like her as a maid.
Contrary to her mother, Appu could not realise or understand the dreams of her mother and do not focus completely on her studies. For her, just like Engineers and Doctors sons becoming engineers and doctors respectively, a Bai’s daughter deserves only to be a maid and nothing more. Infact, on the pretext of citing this reason and poverty with it, she covers up her lazy attitude to life and studies.
A touching screenplay with numerous light hearted moments, Nil Battey Sannata convey some good message to the society highlighting the importance of education for girls and also to the weaker section of the society. The film also has motivational element in it asking us to pursue our dreams no matter what the hurdles and hardships you will have to face in fulfilling your dreams.
Your dreams are your own possession and no one has a right in it except yourselves. The film put forward this thinking also in the end and ends on a high with lot of takeaways without any sort of preachings . In the process the film also makes one highly satisfied. The loud applause in the end which I witnessed in the cinema halls was ample testimony underlying the happiness it gave to the audience.
The film has a lovely first half that ends real quick with no lagness and is followed up with a pretty good second half that could not match the pace of the pre-interval portion. Slight lagging is there somewhere in the middle but a convincing full stop to the film at the right time compensated for the dull middle portion.
As I said, NSB has a well written story backed by excellent screenplay with simple and lovely dialogues. There are some humorous situations too like when Chanda goes to school for getting admission to school and meeting the principal. Students interacting in their day to day school life and class room sessions also were well taken.
Now to the performances. The film is not complete without Swara Bhaskar. She gave her best as Chanda excelling in that role. Her dialogue delivery with a typical dialect and acting was too good. It is hard now for me to imagine any other actress in that role after seeing Swara giving life to Chanda.
Ria Shukla, the girl who did the role of Appu was also effective along with neatly done supporting roles from Ratna Pathak Shah and Pankaj Tripathi as the school principal. There are very few characters in the film and the entire story is built around the mother and daughter relationship showing the fighting spirit of Chanda to go for your dreams.
Here is a neatly executed film which is successful in conveying what it intended in the best possible way. Nil Battey Sannata hits bulls eye with lot of goodness and simplicity ending with a dedication to all the mothers in the world which was a near perfect ending. Giving a thumbs up to NBS team,
Rating – 4 / 5