• 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
    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
    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
    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.

  • Asira Tarannum
    Asira Tarannum
    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
    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
    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.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    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
    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
    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.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    Nil Battey Sannata misses the bus in conveying the message effectively enough. It has a fine one-line story but the journey is not convincing enough. It will, therefore, not be able to score at the ticket-windows.

  • Manisha Lakhe
    Manisha Lakhe


    The last Pursuit of Happyness style ending is so bad, you want to shake someone up and say could you simply just tell a story and allow the audience to make up their minds about the importance of never losing hope and dreaming big without you having to explain it all?

    This is a precious little gem of a film, despite it’s obvious moral science lesson. Watch!

  • …every character in this film has to be unusually positive for us to unquestioningly gloss over the complexities of a story like this.

  • Criselle Lobo
    Criselle Lobo


    Nil Battey Sannata is a wonderful film that will appeal to all. Chanda and Apeksha will win your heart with their inspiring story. At the end of the movie, you’ll want to go home and give your mother a hug!

  • Bollywood Life
    Bollywood Life
    Bollywood Life


    Overall, this film is like a treat to all the mothers and daughters out there. The relationship that Ashwini has captured is astounding. Every daughter can relate to this film even if they don’t fall in the poor background as the film is more than that.

  • Uday Bhatia
    Uday Bhatia


    Nil Battey Sannata is plenty smart, but it might have seemed smarter still had it been more trusting of its audience’s capacity to get the joke, or the point.

  • For the outstanding story, interesting storytelling style, and incredibly authentic performances, this one is a must-watch!

  • Kunal Guha
    Kunal Guha
    Mumbai Mirror


    Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari deserves credit for transforming a very average story with a predictable moral into a film that leaves you feeling snug and content.

  • Namrata Joshi
    Namrata Joshi
    The Hindu


    There are plot points you could nitpick on but at the end of the day Nil Battey Sannata remains a warm, feel-good film which offers hope and the promise of upward mobility that doesn’t depend on the social strata you come from but your own will and diligence.

  • “Nil Battey Sannata” is a sentimental, inspirational film that is provocative and will appeal to everyone.

  • As you exit the theatre misty-eyed, you are overwhelmed by the story. You come out believing that dreams do come true. And hardwork assures you a better chance at it than luck.

  • Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s debut is hardwired to be heartwarming. Only a curmudgeon could complain about the gimmickiness inherent in the story of a domestic worker who enrolls in her 15-year-old daughter’s school to ensure that the girl doesn’t flunk her crucial tenth standard board examination. The modern-day fairy tale has its fiar share of Moving Moments, but then over-eggs an already substantial pudding.