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Nil Battey Sannata

2015 1h 40m Drama List
100% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 85% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
A high school student gives up on her education when she learns she cannot afford to go to college. Read More Read Less

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Udita Jhunjhunwala Firstpost Iyer Tiwari creates an authentic world with a universal emotional core. Jun 21, 2016 Full Review Jimmy Cage Jimmy Cage Movie Reviews (YouTube) NIL BATTEY SANNATA is a charming little film thats very grounded, depicts a touching mother-daughter relationship and that features a really strong Swara Bhaskar in the lead role. Rated: 7/10 Apr 8, 2022 Full Review Anna M.M. Vetticad annavetticadgoes2themovies Nil Battey Sannata has a light touch, yet is serious as hell. Despite the frenzied pace of Chanda's days, the film itself has an air of composure. Rated: 4/5 Jan 16, 2021 Full Review Rahul Desai CatchNews Choppy, predictable but fairly sweet and well-performed... Rated: 3/5 Feb 7, 2019 Full Review Mohar Basu The Times of India It is gratifying to watch something unpretentious in times when masala films are stooping to entertain. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 27, 2018 Full Review Rachit Gupta Filmfare 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. Oct 30, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member A wonderful feel-good film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is a must-watch. It portrays how a hard working daily wage earner mother, inspite of all problems, be it of financial or of any other kind, motivates her daughter to go to school and pass her exams, who herself is unwillingly to do so. The Mother had a dream, that her daughter would be well educated and established and lead a respectful life. She makes her dream come true. Swara Bhaskar, Riya Shukla, Ratna Pathak and Pankaj Tripathi; hats off to their acting. Definitely it's worth watching!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Swara Bhaskar plays a mother who works as a domestic help in Mumbai. Her only hope is that her daughter will study and make 'something of herself'. The kid has other ideas, a lot of them. So Swara decides to join her daughter's class as an adult student without disclosing that she is her daughter's mother and proceeds to do well. Enough to steal her kid's friends and do well in class. The movie is a little improbable but still an easy watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Ashwini Iyer Tiwari's directorial debut marks another one of the finest women filmmakers of the industry. You might argue that this sweet small town film isn't as enticingly feminist and confidently crafted, or made as Gauri Shinde's inherently beautiful "English Vinglish", but it's ultimately pleasurable, pleasing and leaves you with a smile on your face. It's not a perfect film though: the narrative stretches too much on a roll, there is less intimacy and intensity to the relationship between Ratna Pathak and Swara's relationship as the mistress and her daughter-like maid. The world around them is brutally deconstructed but it's too good to be true. Also, the character of Sanjay Suri wasn't fully realized as the other man here: Pankaj Tripathi's Mathematics teacher is way more cool and originally humorous. Infact, I feel that setting apart the terrific Swara Bhasker and her brilliantly acted daughter, there's little that's tonally moving. It's mostly only a social comed that relies on it's technical plusses, because it's narratively flawed and wildly predictable. But it's got a heart and in the right place, and even when it's got all the organs all over the place, it's elevated mostly by the skilled performances of it's competent actors and the message at it's core deserved as good a film as this. These qualities make "Neel Battey Sannata" a winsome affair and one of the better films of 2016. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the finest of Indian cinema sadly did not meet the huge commercial success due to the absence of crowd pulling commercial actors. A must watch that sends the message education is the prime saviour by showing how a housemaid's determination and perseverance ultimately let her daughter attain the outstanding achiement of clearing the toughest civil services exam. Every child deserves the best and education is the only long term route. Watch and enjoy this masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member It as an exception among crap filled bollywood movies Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A high school student gives up on her education when she learns she cannot afford to go to college.
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Alan McAlex, Aanand L. Rai, Ajay Rai, Sanjay Shetty, Nitesh Tiwari
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Neeraj Singh, Nitesh Tiwari, Pranjal Choudhary
Production Co
Opticus Films
Original Language
1h 40m