Nil Battey Sannata(Tamil: Amma Kanakku): Jab Jaago Tabhi Savera


Starring: Swara Bhaskar (Chanda Sahay), Ria Shukla (Apeksha Sahay/Apu), Ratna Pathak Shah ( Chanda’s Employer), Pankaj Tripathi (School Principal)

Director: Ashwini Iyer Tripathi

Cinematography: Gavemic U. Ary

Parents have always had the tendency to take the extra yard for their child irrespective of circumstances; Nil Battey Sannata is the story of such a parent and the hardships she has to go through to rekindle her daughter’s interest in studies. It does not only stress upon the hardships of a middle class single mother but also highlights a mother’s dedication towards her dreams for her daughter and the distance she is ready to go, to achieve those.


Releasing in a week, bombarded by the SRK starrer FAN and The Jungle Book, Nil Battey Sannata is a movie that stands out.

After being applauded for stunning supporting roles in movies like Raanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu, Swara Bhaskar, makes an ever lasting impact on the 70 mm screen as a lead lady. Playing the role of a single mother to a troublesome daughter and working as a domestic help to make both ends meet, Chanda’s only dream is to carve a bright future for her daughter, Apeksha. While her mother is busy in getting her through class ten, Apeksha makes every attempt to nullify her mother’s efforts. Profound supporting performances by Ratna Pathak Shah and Pankaj Tripathi add considerable class to the aura of this film.


In her conquest to get her daughter to study, Chanda is forced to once again knock on the doors of school, to pick up the books she had left many years back. This journey of 100 minutes is full of smiles, tears, happiness, love, success and failures, making it even a better treat to our cinema buds. Director, Mrs. Iyer makes sure she shifts gears well between Swara’s roles as the mother, maid and student.


Songs are not much of a treat, which is a major drawback in this heart touching film. The only song that seems to get you is Maths mein dabba gul , for everyone can relate how much Maths has troubled them in their childhood. Although a major chunk of the movie steals your heart, the last 20 minutes seem to be needlessly stretched and add unwanted drama to a perfectly sensible movie.


Filmed in just a month’s time, Nil Battey Sannata, renders flawless screenplay, dialogues that both make you smile and weep, a story that raves about a mother-child relationship and all together some meaningful cinema. Nil Battey Sannata is charming and has almost every ingredient in the right amount. It may not trouble the Box Office reports much, but will definitely have an impact on the audiences.

My Rating: 4.0/5

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