My Review : Nil Battey Sannata

Before, I begin writing my review. I would like to discuss something really important about our industry ‘The Great Bollywood’.
Firstly, to begin with it is a star-driven industry and we our part of a star driven country-(

A film which only boasts of a huge star cast or a big banner is well distributed and is watched by us (the aam janta)..It is sad but a fact.

Non-starrer /unconventional films are not well received by us in our own country because the ‘Mango People’ will only watch a big-starrer nonsensical Dilwale /Fan instead of a good-cast great concept film like Nil Battey Sannata etc

Films like, Nil Battey Sannata are not only fine films but are unique too. It not only entertains us but provides us a very meaningful message straight away in just about two hours. Isn’t that great? But, we very seldom go and watch such movies-(


Now let me tell you why you should go and watch this film.
Btw how many of you know the actual meaning of the title ‘ Nil Baatey Sanaata’ ?
I being a little weak in Hindi thought it to be a horror or a mystery thriller film …u know sanaata n all lolzz…but the actual meaning is ‘Zero’..’Shunyo’..incompetent.
Well, when a filmmaker like Anand L. Rai produces a project like this one, chances are you will not be disappointed walking out of the theatre. And that’s exactly what happened after I watched Nil Battey Sannata.
I wish the makers should have gone all out to promote this film coz when you have a good story; it is bound to attract moviegoers.
I guess ‘Word-of-mouth’ is the best publicity for such films which are high on content…I absolutely recommend this film for all.


The film is about Chanda (Swara), Metric fail single mother who works as a maid just so that her daughter Apeksha (Riya Shukla) can study and go ahead in life.
Her duaghter Apeksha, on the other hand, is a fun loving, carefree girl with no ambition and is not interested in studies at all.
To make sure that Apeksha passes her Std 10 exams, Chanda decides to join the same school as her daughter on her employer’s (played by Ratna Pathak Shah) insistence.
Though the mother-daughter duos are very close, things become competitive between the two when the former starts attending the school.
In school, the only thing common between them is that both are weak in Mathematics. But Chanda soon gets the hang of the subject and starts doing well in it. That’s when Chanda challenges her daughter that she will only leave school if Apeksha manages to score more than her in Maths.
Due to this, Apeksha, for the first time, starts focusing on her studies. Watch it to know what happens next ….


The script is the Hero of the film…there are no dull moments or loopholes in the film-) It has its perfect moments which are well balanced throughout the film.
I still feel that the first half was fast and better than the second half. Certain scenes could have been done away with as it slows down the pace of the film.
The writer subtly explores issues like poverty and education along with a sweet mother n daughter relationship.
Its totally worth it…
5 stars goes to the first time director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for her flawless attempt as a director and making such a beautiful film…thank you Ashwiny Mam.


Swara Bhaskar absolutely nails it with her acting. You will not find the dialogues, scenes or acting in the film are forced. From the dialect to classroom atmosphere to the costumes, everything is realistic and that’s what makes the film real. ..she is a visual treat.

Ratna Pathak is brilliant in her small yet effective role.

Pankaj Tripathi plays the school principal as well as the Mathematics teacher. The talented actor brings in humour and is flawless in his acting…loved watching him onscreen.

A special mention goes to the talented actor Sanjay Suri for a wonderful guest appearance.

In fact, all the characters in the film have been defined well and lend good support to the story.

Especially the scene where the boy who loves maths teaches both mother and daughter to stop treating maths as their enemy.

Every parent will relate to such a film…I wish I had watched this film with my Mom. I was really weak in maths back in school and I know what my mother went through teaching us maths.

Verdict :

Overall, Nil Battey Sannata is a gem and should be watched by everyone. If you want a light-hearted entertaining film yet proving a profound message? Go watch the film right away! A MUST WATCH


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