Cast: Swara Bhaskar, Riya Shukla, Aditi Tailang, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Suri;
Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari;
Loaded with life’s lessons, “Nil Battey Sannata” is an intensely stuffed, enthusiastic story of dreams and aspiration, which is delightfully caught through a mother-little girl relationship.
Chanda Sahai (Swara Bhaskar), a cleaning specialist, is a yearning mother. She endeavors to guarantee that her little girl Apeksha, which implies desire and affectionately called Appu, gets a decent instruction.
One day she asks her little girl “What will you get to be?”
Impassively, her little girl answers: “A specialist’s child turns into an architect, a specialist’s child turns into a specialist. So clearly, a cleaning specialist’s little girl will turn into a house keeper.”
Unsettled, Chanda is not a mother who sings, “Que Sera Seraa”, to pass on the fatalistic renunciation. Truth be told, she pulls strings to make her girl understand that what’s to come is in one’s own particular hands and one can guide the course according to one’s will. How she manages her cheerful, yet similarly complexed little girl, shapes the core of the story.
This is chief Ashwiny Tiwari’s lady wander. Her script and screenplay co-composed by Pranjal Choudhary, Neeraj Singh and Nitesh Tiwari is tight and connecting with practical analogies like, “breaker knob”, for powerless understudies and “Khana dheere pake to, swaad ayegaa, jaldi pake to jal jayega”, in reference to, unwavering mindsets always win in the end.
The dialogues written in light vein are entertaining, which make the situations instantly relevant and enjoyable, inclusive of some maths lessons, “Sawaal ka jawaab sawaal mein hi chupa hai,” which is used as a leitmotif to emphasise that the answer lies in the question itself, or in other words one has to introspect to find answers in life.
With her woe-ridden demeanour, Swara Bhaskar plays Chanda to perfection. A fine actor, she nails her role as a compassionate mother to the tee. She is ably supported by Riya Shukla who plays Apeksha with equal fervour. Riya is convincing as the free-spirited, rebellious child adamant to have her way and is equally effective when distraught on learning about her mother’s sacrifices.
They are efficiently supported by other teen actors who play their classmates, Pintu, Sweety and Anmol. They are simply themselves and natural onscreen.
Ratna Pathak Shah though a brilliant actor, as Dr. Dewan is unconvincing. By no stretch of imagination are her mannerisms of a scatter-brained person, she intends to portray.
Pankaj Tripathi as Mr. Shrivastava, the Maths teacher and the Principal of the school is brilliant. With a tinge of comic undercurrent in his gestures and speech, he essays his role flawlessly.
Sanjay Suri in a guest appearance as the kind-hearted collector Satyaprakash, is sweet but wasted.
With moderate production values, cinematographer Gavemic U. Ary’s shots in a tight indoor space are as brilliant, as his outdoor frames.
The background score by Naren Chandravarkar and Benedict Taylor is effectively layered along with the song, “One plus one, Maths mein dabba gul……….
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