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Nil Battey Sannata

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28 Reviews
19 Ratings
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Audience Rating

1 Review
9 Ratings

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Apu is a class 10th student and is giving up on studies, because she knows her mother will not be able to provide for her higher studies. Her mother tries hard and even enrolled her for maths tuition but Apu thinks only children of rich parents become doctors or engineers and believes she'll end up being a maid too like her mother. But one day her mother gets a chance to continue her Education.Wikipedia

Nil Battey Sannata Reviews


Translated literally, the phrase means zero multiplied by anything equals zero. It's commonly used to imply blankness, or the notion of knowing nothing. Ironic, considering the film leaves you feeling rewarded and just a little bit wiser.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


‘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.

Gautaman Bhaskaran
Hindustan Times


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.

Suparna Sharma
Deccan Chronicle


Nil Battey Sannata is an incredibly moving and emotional film in parts, and thankfully it’s more than about chasing one’s dreams.

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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.

Overall, Nil Battey Sannata throws light not only the endearing mother-daughter relationship but also subtly explores issues like poverty and education.

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.

Mohar Basu
Times Of India


Though the tempo drops considerably in the second half, Ashwiny ensures that the film never loses its charm. It does get preachy and you find yourself shifting in your seats a lot towards the final scene, but the movie wins you over with its innocence and simplicity.

The screenplay can’t escape a few bumps, and some scenes such as a chance meeting with a benevolent civil servant come across as gimmicky. But these are small hiccups in what is otherwise a film that is bound to bring a smile to your face.

Suhani Singh
India Today


Mother's Day is on May 8 and Nil Battey Sannata is a timely, fitting tribute to the paramount figure in all our lives without whom we are all lesser beings.

Nil Battey Sannata is a beautiful film surrounding a mother-daughter relationship. For being not too preachy, nostalgic for all parents as well as kids and emotionally riveting, I am going with a 4/5.


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. The execution of those ideas has been done with utmost honesty and the end result is a film that can move it's audience to tears. Watch this and you will want to give your mother a bear hug. Do not miss this gem.

Suprateek Chatterjee


Despite all its attempts at sincerity, the film commits the cardinal sin of treating its school-going characters with a touch of condescension — a sin no film like this should commit.

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.

Subhash K Jha


This morally uplifting inspirational heartwarming fable is a must watch, if only to see how difficult it is to be simple.And how much we miss those simply told tales of life byHrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.

Using locations, sets, costumes, language and setting (Agra), Iyer Tiwari creates an authentic world with a universal emotional core. However, at the close, the narrative trips over its own benevolence. The relationship between Bhaskar and Pathak Shah is a touch overdone and, while it managed to skip melodrama and manipulation throughout, the end succumbs to sermonizing (and a kitschy song called ‘Maa’) which dilutes the impact of an otherwise assured debut delivered with a lightness of touch and a positive message.

Audience Reviews for Nil Battey Sannata

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    300 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Ashwini Iyer Tiwari's directorial debut oozes with conviction. This eccentric drama based on a house help who gets herself admitted to tue school so that she can help her dull daughter for passing in Mathematics in her matriculation exams is an inspiring, motivating and genuinely moving film with poignant emotions and immense prowess of performances. While Swara Bhaskar aces her role as the happy-go-lucky Chanda, Ratna Pathak Shah as an immensely likeable mistress and Pankaj Tripathi as the principal Mr. Srivastava are indeed one of the best performers of the year. It is the most cherishing, heartfelt drama of the year with a clear message Beti Padhao Desh ko unchai tak pahuchao. I'm going with 3.5 out of 5 for Nil Battey Sannata. It's one of the most moving, one of the best Hindi films this year, missing which would be a big guilt.

    September 20, 19