Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway Review – I was just scrolling through Netflix wondering what to watch. Suddenly, Netflix played me an excerpt from this film. I was intrigued. It showed Debika Chatterjee (Rani Mukerjee), running towards a car that had two women, take debika’s children away from her. Debika was injured, still she kept running towards the car to get her children back. I straightaway clicked watch now. I am about to share the emotions I felt while watching the film. Without further ado, let’s get into the review.
Before we proceed further, here is a brief overview and some stats about Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway.
- Starring : Rani Mukerjee, Jim Sarbh, Anirbhan Bhattacharya, Neena Gupta, Balaji Gowri, Bodhisattwa Majumder, Saswati Guha and others.
- Directed by : Ashima Chibber.
- Release Date : 17 March 2023.
- Running time : 144 minutes.
- IMDb Rating : 7.5/10
- Where to watch? : Netflix
Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway Trailer
Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway Review
The film begins with this excerpt and shows a happy couple Debika Chatterjee and her husband Anirudh Chatterjee(Anirbhan Bhattacharya) happily moving to Norway from India as immigrants. The film starts with a beautiful song show casing Debika’s pregnancy and her two very beautiful children, Shubh and Suchi. Shubh is a happy little boy and Suchi is a sweet little baby girl who is just five years old.
At the beginning two women Matilda and Sia from Norway’s Child Welfare Services, are visiting their home for a 24 week evaluation to term the parents, that they are fit to raise their children in the best way. If they are considered unfit, then the children would be taken from their biological parents and given to foster parents in Norway. The same happens to Debika and Anirudh. Norway’s Child Welfare Services takes Shubh and Suchi away from their parents to a foster shelter.
The reasons given by them was that, Debika force feeds her children with fingers, she keeps black dot using her kajal, the children doesn’t sleep in their own bed, Anirudh doesn’t help Debika in household chores, they have a history of domestic violence and Debika is mentally unfit to raise their children. What happens next is, how a mother’s natural instinct and her love for her children made her go through all sorts of odd and how she fought against a nation, her own husband to bring her children back.
Rani Mukherjee, the star that she is! After a long time, seeing her performance, blue my mind. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing this role. What a performance, oh man! Her emotions and acting was so raw, unfiltered, honest and vulnerable. Her struggle and emotions could be seen right through her eyes. You could feel the pain she was having through your screen. I’ve one word for her, Incredible.
Jim Sarbh, a very talented performer. His role as a lawyer Daniel Singh Ciupek is outstanding. He had a neutral expression yet a concern to Debika and her love towards her children. The scenes with Debika and Daniel are a treat to watch especially as they both have an opposite character traits in the movie. Anirbhan Bhattacharya(Anirudh Chatterjee), makes his hindi language debut, did a good performance to his role, being a cold husband. Balaji Gauri as Sunaina Pratap, Barun Chanda as Abhijeet Dutta and Bodhisattwa Majumder as Debika’s father delivered a very beautiful performance.
The cinematography was amazing, there were so many heart warming shots showing a delicate mother and her children. Few scenes will definitely bring tears to your eyes. Music was done by Amit Trivedi, it was good, with songs mostly being emotionally attached to lyrics. Special mention to Neena Gupta who played Vasudha Kamat, who turned the entire story towards the truth.
This story revolves around a lot of emotions, honest actions, motherly instinct and so much more, its a drama with roller coaster of emotions. Though it feels a bit lengthy and dragged during some point of time, the emotions won’t let you leave the film halfway.
This is real life story of Sagarika Chakraborty who is now an computer engineer and a business management degree holder. Oh, to imagine everything she went through in real life, literally brings tears to my eyes. Mrs. Chatterjee vs Norway is a heart warming tale of a mother and her fight to get her children back against a big nation. With all its emotions, lessons and honesty, it clearly shows that truth alone triumphs. Do watch this beautiful film. I’d like to finish this first time review of mine with words of Sagarika.
The Norwegian Ambassador has written that “a mother’s love in Norway is no different from a mother’s love in India.” But my love, which came out in the form of anguish at the prospect of losing my children forever, was used as a reason to take my children away. Source : Indian Express.
Is Mrs Mukherjee vs Norway based on a true story?
This film is inspired by a real life incident happened to an Indian couple who immigrated to Norway in 2011. Here’s an article by Sagarika herself, that you could read about to know from her.
JAL Rating – Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway Rating
Just A Library is happy to give Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway a 4-star rating. Have you watched the Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway movie? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.