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Nil Battey Sannata Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Nil Battey Sannata is easy to recommend. It is light-hearted, easy on the eyes and mind, and full of heart. This film says a great deal about a girl-child’s struggles, a mother’s hopes and the ways of the education system. But, in the end, Nil Battey Sannata is also a good old story about life and its vicissitudes.
Nil Battey Sannata Review by Suhani Singh on India Today
Tiwari’s film is as much about the mother-daughter bond as it is about the significance of aspirations and hard work. For all its plusses, Nil Battey Sannata has a few minuses in the unwarranted and mushy Sanjay Suri cameo, tendency to protract the gimmicky battle between Chanda and Appu and the preachy happy ending. Further, the implication that Appu’s desire to be a maid or her friend’s to be a driver makes them less driven human beings could have been addressed with some subtlety. But Tiwary does nail her two female leads, offering viewers a nuanced portrait of a temperamental teenager and a spirited woman.
Nil Battey Sannata Review by Gautaman Bhaskaran on Hindustan Times
It is not just a touching story of a mother and her daughter but also a great chapter on the importance of education. It tells us that a parent’s limitations need not stop his/her child too. Bhaskar affirms this with a rare power and simplicity — a yawning difference from the parts she played as a modern woman in the Tanu Weds Manu series. As is often believed in Bollywood, an actor must be able to let go his/her own self and sink into a character and she does.
Nil Battey Sannata Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Any parent can recognize this mix of feelings—loving their child to distraction, and climbing walls due to frustration, caused by the self-same child—both at the same time. Bhaskar does a good job of the bewilderment, annoyance and plain wordless affection that comes from a deep maternal place. The little girl is appropriately scrappy and needy. These two are the mainstay of the film. But the one who helps add a well-judged layer is the school principal, played by the reliably excellent Pankaj Tripathy. ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ has a strong message about how education can change your life. It does underline the message, but stays just short of being preachy or message-y. And leaves you with a warm glow.
Review by Aarti Iyengar on Bollywood Life
Overall, this film is like a treat to all the mothers and daughters out there. The relationship that Ashwini has captured is astounding. Every daughter can relate to this film even if they don’t fall in the poor background as the film is more than that.
Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
Nil Battey Sannata is a rare film, the kind that will bring tears to your eyes but leave a smile on your face. It is gratifying to watch something unpretentious in times when masala films are stooping to entertain. Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari makes you buy into Chanda’s innocent world, where happiness is found over relishing a plate of Chow Mein while watching a horror film.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The movie is just so amazing because the solution brings a smile to your face. The mother uses this reverse logic on the child to egg her on to getting better marks. The child is unsuspecting and falls hook, line and sinker to the ‘project get the child to study’.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Aanand L Rai, who is known for making simple yet poignant stories set in North India, comes up with yet another winner in Nil Battey Sannata. The mother’s struggle to give her daughter an education, which will in turn provide her with a fighting chance when dealing with the world, is damn inspiring and touching. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the director of the film, weaves a beautiful tale of love, motherhood and aspirations, which will leave you teary-eyed.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
NIL BATTEY SANNATA is an applauding cinematic triumph, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari gives a little gem of a humanistic, motivating and beautiful fable that celebrates the joy of having a dream and is an ode to woman hood and motherhood, anchored by Swara Bhaskar’s career best performance till date. Highly recommended, it’s a must if you love good, inspiring cinema.
Review by Namrata Thakker on Rediff
While the first half is breezy and to the point, the second half seems a bit long. Certain scenes could have been done away with but the story and amazing performances make up for that. There is hardly a dull moment in the film. Overall, Nil Battey Sannata throws light not only the endearing mother-daughter relationship but also subtly explores issues like poverty and education.
Review by Asira Tarannum on Deccan Chronicle
Debutant director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari has shown this heart-warming story in an entertaining and emotional way. The climax of the film makes one choke. Though the first half is slow, the second half picks up the pace. The casting of every character by Mukesh Chhabra is apt and Riya is a great find. It’s refreshing to see Swara switch from being a talkative sister to Salman Khan (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo) to a single mother. She bears the burden effortlessly. Producer Aanand L Rai and Eros have shown that small films can be brought to the celluloid with entertainment.
Nil Battey Sannata Review by Indiaglitz
‘Nil Battey Sannata’ is an outstandingly honest film which caters to all those who love good cinema with lots of emotional angle attached to it, especially a must watch for the teenagers and their parents. Though, the masala movie loving audience might shy away from this film.
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
While the first half is smooth and keeps you involved, the second half falters at many points and the climax seems too convenient and hurriedly wrapped up.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
For Swara Bhaskar, this is a careerdefining moment, as it gives her a chance to present her range as an actor. She channels a small town maid and worried mother with just enough crinkles on her forehead. Ratna Pathak Shah’s Mrs Diwan is deliciously matterof-fact and occasionally, even a bit disinterested in her maid’s woes, which gives her character a distinct edge. Pankaj Tripathy, as the quirky maths teacher, provides much comic relief, Ria Shukla is suitably grumpy and headstrong as the quintessential brat and Sanjay Suri is restrained in his cameo.
Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify
This is a fine debut by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, yet another entrant from advertising. The pace is measured, and that works in favour of the film. The only hitch is that the solutions are too simplistic. So, Math can be learnt by mugging up a few cutesome limericks, and a single incident can dissolve a character’s cynicism and change everything. However the good far outweighs the flaws. For the outstanding story, interesting storytelling style, and incredibly authentic performances, this one is a must-watch!
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari keeps it smilingly simple. Simple and straight. Thankfully there are no bouts of furious sentimentality. Swara plays Chanda with feisty positivity and yet this is not a character or film that romanticizes poverty. It isn’t even a lyrical celebration of destitution the way Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali or Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay was.
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