One of my most awaited movies of 2023 just hit the theaters, and I am saddened to see the path this movie took. Don’t get me wrong; I loved the film to a certain extent, but it can’t be an excuse for what this movie represented. I will not talk and bash Rani Mukherjee’s performance because I loved it. Nor am I going to talk about Norway and India’s political relations. But, I will talk about the facts that this movie wholly ignored. Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway enlightened us about the emotional aspect that comes with these situations. But it blatantly ignored all the logical, factual, and legal points that came with the case.
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Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway Review: Plot
The movie is inspired by the real-life events of an Indian couple living in Norway for 12 years. Debika and her husband, Aniruddha, live in Norway with their son Shubha and five-month-old daughter, Shuchi.
The shock comes when the child welfare society of Norway, Velfred, takes both of the kids away from their parents and declares them unfit for the custody of their children. Now, let’s take a look at the movie.
The movie depicted the Norwegian child welfare society as the villain. But the film fails to show us the logical point. Mrs. Chaterjee could not follow the law of the land and the cultural differences that both countries have.
Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway Review: Positives
The cast of the movie was astonishing. I have heard and read many people bashing Rani Mukherjee’s performance, but I loved it. It is so hard to portray a character that speaks three languages and is in her vulnerable state.
Anibarn Bhattacharya was phenomenal, and everyone who has watched him before will be happy to see him reaching new heights. Jim Sarbh was something else and made the character his own.
I loved the songs in the movie. Amit Trivedi was excellent once again. Shobo Shobo and Ami Jaani Rey are excellent songs and fit the narrative brilliantly—a short but emotional and heart-touching album.
The one thing I liked in the screenplay is that it did not portray the couple as perfect. It showed the couple’s imperfections and why they might be unfit as parents from a personal point of view.
The husband ‘s constant anxiety about getting his citizenship rejected, and him blaming his wife because of that. The wife ignoring her children and even shutting the doors in their faces showed just how imperfect they were.
Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway Review: Negatives
Once again, the real letdown of the movie was the screenplay which portrayed Velfred as the ultimate villain. They described Velfred as a Mafia who snatch kids from all the middle eastern couples, and somehow they made money out of it.
But, it was never explained how they do that. I agree that Velfred has pending cases against them, and they take kids away from their parents without telling them, but the movie never sheds light on that in a natural way.
Emotional Barrage: No Facts
Once again, we are back with the same issue. The movie showed us the emotional side of a mother, and I am thankful for that. But it never really touches any other factual ground from any side.
It never showed us why Velfred was wrong in a factual way nor why Mr. and Mrs. Chaterjee was wrong in the same way. It was just emotional scene after scene and felt forced after a certain point.
Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway Review: Is It Worth It?
Overall, the movie was good and a breath of fresh air from whatever we are getting nowadays. But it is also a fact that the screenplay let Rani Mukherjee down, who gave one hell of a performance.
The movie always finds a way to show us ‘Maa Ki Mamta’ and ignores the fact to a certain point. It is a fine watch and deserves to be watched at least once. But the movie has so many glaring loopholes that can’t be avoided. With more intelligent writing, it would have been one of the year’s best movies.