Swara Bhaskar essays the lead role of Chanda Sahay, a school drop-out household maid and single mother. The ‘Matric- fail’ Chanda runs from one house to another packing Tiffin’s, cooking meals, tidying the house with only one hope that her daughter Apeksha aka Apu (Riya Shukla) will study hard to turn around the circumstances for herself.
Her only child Apu is though a free bird and will happily skip the school for a Bollywood movie. A regular back bencher she is contended with her life and wants to have fun rather than crunching numbers.
A doctor (Ratna Pathak Shah) sees Chanda as more than a mere household help and takes out time to understand her issues with her daughter and Chanda’s feebleness that she is unable to educate her daughter. She encourages her to join the school to educate herself so that her daughter will understand, Chanda eventually joins the same school as her daughter.
Apeksha is mortified by her mother’s act and does her best to avoid her, Chanda wins over her friends and the school principal (Pankaj Tripathy), Apeksha realizes the angst of her mother and need for education.
Swara has essayed the role of a house help with a subtle simplicity and determination. She portrays the struggle of uneducated parents for better education for their kids. Ratna has portrayed the character of a motivating doctor with superb ease and finesse.
The movie does not provide one a sad peep on poverty but a regular struggle of a mother for her only child. The conversations between mother and daughter are raw and depict the conflicts beautifully without any melodrama.
The movie brings to life the expectations and dreams of a household help for her daughter and give a social message without any in one’s face show of grim realities; instead it leaves one with a smile and hope for better future for these kids.
The movie is directed by debutant director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, and produced by Anand L. Rai, Ajay Rai and Alan McAlex under the banner of Colour Yellow and JAR Pictures. Released in India on 22 April 2016, Nil Battey Sannata was distributed by Eros International. The movie has received critical acclaim and was positively received by the audiences as well. It is also set to have a Tamil remake entitled Amma Kanakku, starring Dhanush and Revathi.