Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Movie Review - Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway

The new movie, out on Netflix, Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway touches on one aspect of Non Resident Indian (NRI) life. Here's a movie review posted by Sujatha (my better half):

A true compelling story about an immigrant mother’s struggle in a foreign land

Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway is a compelling story about an immigrant mother’s struggle to get her two small kids back from the Norwegian Child Welfare Services.

The leading character of Debika is depicted as a vulnerable wife and mom who faces domestic violence  and is blamed and labelled mentally unfit wife and a bad mother who is incompetent of taking care of her own children. The director has taken quite an artistic liberty in portraying the character. Cultural and ethnic differences create problems and play a huge part in the case against Debika. Rani Mukherjee has got into the skin of the character and has done justice to the role by bringing in true emotions and feelings that touches one deep and makes us question how could a whole organization run a racket of separating biological parents from their kids and put them for adoption just to make some money. It feels there is no value for human life. It also shows that a strong willed mother can fight the whole society or the government to get back her children like a lioness fighting for her cubs.

As an NRI wife who has lived and seen the challenges that a new bride faces in a new country I could empathize with Debika’s plight and how Rani vividly brought that to life.

I've been a big fan of Rani Mukherjee and love this character role. It is remarkable to see her transition to the role of a "mom" effortlessly.