Analyzing Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway
On Monday night, we had just left the Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway special press preview at PVR in Juhu. Also, the kajal on most people's eyes in the elevator was smeared, a tribute to the emotional rollercoaster we had just experienced. This would be relatable to all moms, an elderly woman with watery eyes stated. "Why only moms? I could really connect to that. I really adore my mum, the young guy added. The long awaited movie, which was directed by Ashima Chibber and stars Rani Mukerji, is very emotional. Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway is a heartbreaking watch that is also enormously uplifting. It is based on the true story of Sagarika Chakraborty, who fought against the Norwegian government to get her children back after they had been taken from her and placed in foster care due to allegations of poor parenting. Afterwards, Sagarika wrote a book titled The Journey of a Mother in which she chronicled her horrifying ordeal. The movie opens with a slice of the lives of the Chatterjees, a Bengali immigrant couple living in Norway who are played by Rani Mukerji and Anirban Bhattacharya, respectively. Little Shubh and Suchi, the latter of whom is just five months old, are the children of Debika. The first few scenes depict a sleep-deprived Debika attempting to manage the competing obligations of being a decent mother and wife. Her spouse Anirudh will not allow anything to interfere with his efforts to become a citizen of the nation. The lack of empathy in Anirudh is obvious almost from the very beginning as is Debika's determination to make the marriage work and check all the boxes. Her grin never fades.
The reason for the assessment of the pair is revealed long later in a startling surprise, yet they are still under scrutiny. And after the ten weeks of surveillance, one lovely day, Debika discovers that Velfred, a company that investigates child welfare, has taken her children away. She is informed that she is "mentally unstable" and "unfit" to be a mother. She gives the children their meals by hand and sleeps next to them, events that can be detrimental to their future.
In a suspenseful sequence, Rani's Debika chases the racing automobile and grabs onto it before tumbling to the ground. Her helplessness and desperation are excruciatingly terrible. And thus her struggle begins. She rushes from court to court, from pillar to post, only to have her request to be reunited with her children refused each time. Again and over. She never gives up however, and even when she is completely frustrated, her fortitude is evident. Rani does a fantastic job as the helpless Debika. Several of the moments include Debika having an emotional breakdown, and Rani makes for captivating viewing. Rani gives a performance of a lifetime, sobbing, yelling, and yelling for justice. With a Yuva or a Black, this will fit perfectly at the top. She perfectly captures Debika's rage, helplessness, and feeling of despair, often bringing you to tears. Debika represents many of the ladies we see every day in our families, neighbourhoods, and stunning saris and barely-there makeup. Homemakers frequently have onerous tasks managing the family like well-oiled machinery around the clock. Anirudh places all responsibility for the events' outcome on Debika in a scene that occurs after the children are taken away. A situation when everything goes wrong and the lady of the home is blamed.
You'll never forget the empty sorrow in Rani's eyes or the torment of something eating at her soul. In his dazzling Hindi feature debut, Anirban Bhattacharya displays his talent in each and every shot. Anirban depicts threat, fury, and guile with ease as he digs his teeth into the role of a self-centered, violent, and crafty spouse. You'd want to smack his Anirudh just as Debika did, amid the audience's deafening ovation.
Jim Sarbh is excellent as the attorney Daniel Singh Ciupek, who first represents Debika in court before switching sides. Jim's eyes communicate, and it's immensely enjoyable to savour the change in his feelings.
Balaji Gauri gives a fierce performance in the second part as Rani's attorney. A grin will appear on the face of a Calcuttan when they see Saswati Guhathakurta, Mithu Chakrabarty, Bodhisattwa Majumdar, Soumya Mukherjee, and Barun Chanda. Neena Gupta makes a surprise appearance as Vasudha Kamat, a politician.
I saw this movie five days after last seeing my mum. I was only able to silently pray and say "thank you" as tears streamed down my face. God couldn't be everywhere, so he created moms, according to Rudyard Kipling.