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Nil Battey Sannata (2015)

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


Nitesh Tiwari (story), Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (screenplay & dialogue) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Swara Bhaskar ... Chanda Sahay
Ratna Pathak Shah ... Dr. Diwan (as Ratna Pathak)
Riya Shukla ... Apeksha Sahay
Pankaj Tripathi ... Principal Shrivastava (as Pankaj Tripathy)
Neha Prajapati Neha Prajapati ... Sweety
Prashant Tiwari Prashant Tiwari ... Pintu
Vishal Nath Vishal Nath ... Amar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ganesh Kumar Ganesh Kumar ... Hindi teacher
Sanjay Suri ... District Collector


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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Release Date:

22 April 2016 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Chanda, une mère indienne See more »

Filming Locations:

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo (Songs Mixed by Chester Misquitta @Pluginn Studio's)| Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


It's director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's debut film in Bollywood and she is also the wife of "Dangal" film director Nitesh Tiwari. See more »


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 »


Interviewer: Why do you want to be IS?
Apeksha Sahay: Because... I don't want to be a maid.
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Remade as Udhaharanam Sujatha (2017) See more »


Lyrics: Shreyas Jain ( Sherry )
Singer: Mohan Kannan
Composed by: Rohan-Vinayak
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Do yourself a favor – Watch "Nil Battey Sannata" to get inspired and motivated
23 April 2016 | by ketgup83See all my reviews

Everyone has dreams which basically creates a purpose in life in order to achieve your dream. You need to believe in your dreams, cherish and protect them and make sure nobody takes it away from you. "Nil Battey Sannata", meaning 'knowing nothing', talks about dream a mother has for her child. The riveting drama was felicitated at Silk Road International Film Festival which is an equivalent to Oscar awards in China where Swara Bhaskar won the Best Actress Award. So, is "Nil Battey Sannata" worth your time and money ? Well, let us find out..

"Nil Battey Sannata" is a coming-of-age drama of Apu (Ria Shukla) who finally grows up to become a IPS officer after her mother Chanda (Swara Bhaskar) sacrifices and struggles in her journey of motherhood to make sure she lives her dream of giving Apu a bright future.

Directed by debutant Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, "Nil Battey Sannata" is a sparkling film in every context. Right from the beginning of the film, you will be completely engrossed into the beautiful tale of mother and her struggle to keep her dreams alive. Blended with sarcasm and light moments, the film is a powerful drama which will help you sail it through 2 hours without getting bored. Told in a subtle manner, it is the simplicity of narration which is the highlight of the film and you will cherish each and every frame. There are no glossy sets, colorful costumes over-the-tone melodrama yet the film is entertaining and will keep you glued throughout. The screenplay is pivotal defines each and every characters to the core. Couple of scenes do stand out in the first half. The first scene at the school where the students gets punished for violating the rules of the school, the scene where the Pankaj Tripathi is surprised after Ratna Pathaka convinces Swara Bhaskar to join as student and the scene at Collector's house between Swara Bhaskar and guards are hilarious. Hats off to Ashwini Iyer Tiwari for standing out in her first film itself. She definitely has the merits to go long with her impeccable direction.

On the flip side, the climax is predictable and could have made it more appealing but the enduring performances by the star cast will leave you satisfied in the end. Music, generally used in background, is tuneful and gels well with the mood of the film. Cinematography is spellbinding capturing the essence of Agra in its beautiful frame. Art direction is brilliant. Dialogues are punching.

Performance wise, Swara Bhaskar steals the thunder with her electrifying performance. The "Tanu Weds Manu" actor is just growing better with each film. Surprisingly, this is her first film as a lead and she has displayed matured acting. Watch for her. She definitely has long way to go. Pankaj Tripathi and Ratna Pathak are brilliant as usual. Ria Shukla does well in her role.

Overall, "Nil Battey Sannata" is a feel-good cinema with a strong and captivating message. Do yourself a favor – Watch "Nil Battey Sannata" to get inspired and motivated. Excellent 4/5

– Ketan Gupta

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