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A story about a single women (a Mom) and dreams on her Daughter.

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Appu is a class 10th student and is giving up on studies, because she knows her mother will not be able to provide for her higher studies. Her mother tries hard and even enrolled her for maths tuition but Appu thinks only children of rich parents become doctors or engineers and believes she'll end up being a maid too like her mother. But one day her mother gets a chance to continue her Education.. Written by Mohammed Naushad

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Chanda, une mère indienne  »

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Swara Bhaskar won best actress award at the 2015 Silk Road International Film Festival. See more »

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In the final scene, UPSC Interviewer says to Apeksha that she opted Maths as optional subject in Mains exam and scored good marks. In reality, the UPSC interview panel doesn't know how much marks a candidate has scored in mains exam. See more »

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Chanda Sahay: What do you Want to be?Tell me, dear... you must have thought something.
Apeksha Sahay: What's to think?
Chanda Sahay: Tell me
Apeksha Sahay: I will be a maid.
Chanda Sahay: What will you be? Maid?
Apeksha Sahay: A engineer's son becomes an engineer... and a doctor's son, becomes a doctor.What else can a maid's daughter he? Maid. It's that simple.
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Remade as Udhaharanam Sujatha (2017) See more »

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Chanda - Theme Instrumental
Violin: Jitendra Thakur ( Jitu )
Guitar: Sanjoy Das ( Bapi )
Composed and Arranged by: Rohan-Vinayak
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A fairy tale take on an important social issue
8 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

In Bollywood, there is a term for movies that exaggerate emotions and situations to the point that the depictions of the characters, their dialogues, their actions etc. become detached from reality and enter the realm of fantasy. Such movies are called 'filmy'. In 'filmy' movies, viewers are asked to dispel their notions of rationality and realism and are expected to simply allow themselves to be taken into a fantastical journey by the writer/director. Any questioning of why a character would be so nice (or so evil) is impertinent since the viewer is expected to know that the movie is pure fantasy.

This is one such 'filmy' movie. It is, as said by a reviewer below, a well-made and sweet movie. However, given the theme that it presents (the importance of education necessary for uplifting people from poverty), the approach taken by the director to mix fantasy with the grim reality (i.e. the hardships faced by poor parents for educating their children), the movie, it's characters and it's dialgoue felt not just out-of-place but shallow. For instance, in the real India - a maid (or a domestic servant) would never be able to afford to make chinese food at home. No 15 year old child would ever make a statement to his classmate: "Your parents are not asserting their dreams on you by asking you to study. For you are their dream." The entire movie is full of such cliched dialogue, set-ups and characters that made me feel that I was watching Cinderella (or some other fairy tale) when I should have been watching something as grim as The Game of Thrones. Thus, instead of being a hard-hitting realistic take on an important social issue, the movie is sugar coated fluff.

So, yes this is a well-made and sweet movie. It may be even worth your 100 minutes. But in the end, it's a cute teddy bear with little relation to reality. As long as you keep these expectations, thumbs up. Else, two thumbs down.


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