Feature Name: Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Anirban Bhattacharya, Jim Sarbh
Directed by: Ashima Chibber
Runtime: 144 minutes
Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway is based on a true story of Sagarika Chakraborty, who lived in Norway for four years when, in 2011. Her two small children were kidnapped by the authorities for no apparent cause.
The film story also revolves around modern-day Mother played by Rani Mukerji, whose two children were taken away from her by the Norwegian Child Welfare Services citing habits that are commonplace in Indian society.
Her kids were taken away stating that she couldn’t take care of them being a mother. Allegations against the couple included co-sleeping, hand-feeding, and applying kohl are all included as offences on the official list, which, on the surface, seem to be more indicative of simple cultural differences than actual child abuse. But, in the eyes of Debika’s husband (Anirban Bhattacharya), it’s all her fault because she’s too sentimental, dramatic, and unwilling to fit in. Throughout the course of the movie, Debika finds herself fighting a powerful foreign state all by herself.
The movie successfully captures your interest from the opening shot. It bound you with emotions throughout.
You can feel as though you are left wanting more because the deep and profound emotionality translate the pain of a mother.
Rani Mukherjee returns to the big screen with the film ‘Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway’, set to be released on March 17 this year. On the performance front, She is a captivating actress. She was the perfect fit for the role of a Bengali Mother.
In 2022, Sagarika Chakraborty’s autobiography, “The Journey Of A Mother” was published. The film is based on this book, with Rani playing Sagarika’s character.
While this was a welcome development, the battle for custody was not yet over. The draining fight with Norwegian authorities had taken its toll on Sagarika and Anurup’s marriage. It’s interesting to watch how the story unfolds.