Rani Mukerji’s new movie is a harrowing tale of how an Indian mother fights an entire legal system of a foreign country, Norway, to win back the custody of her children. The film is based on true events of the life of Sagarika Bhattacharya. The film released today and has received good reviews especially for the performance by Rani.
However, Norway’s ambassador to India, Hans Jacob Frydenlund, has criticised the movie and claimed that it has shown a ‘completely false’ narrative about his country and contains ‘factual inaccuracies’.
The ambassador in an op-ed for the Indian Express wrote, “The film projects cultural differences as the primary factor in the case, which is completely false. Without going into any details of this particular case, I categorically deny that feeding with hands and sleeping in the same bed would be the reason for placing children in alternative care.” He also mentioned that it is important for him to represent the official Norwegian perspective and correct factual inaccuracies.
Frydenlund added that contrary to what was depicted in the movie, Norwegians also feels their children with hands and read them bed-time stories. The ambassador adds that he himself has performed the same act for his daughters. He hoped that the film will not paint his country, Norway, in a negative light and not discourage Indians from travelling to the foreign country.
The movie, Mrs.Chatterjee vs Norway is helmed by Ashima Chibber and also stars Anirban Bhattacharya, Neena Gupta, and Jim Sarbh.