Helmed by Ashima Chibber, the film is a gripping, true tale of a woman who moves mountains to protect her children against an entire country. Produced by Zee Studios and Emmay Entertainment (Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani & Nikkhil Advani), Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway hit the theatres on 17th March 2023.
The Ambassador of Norway, Hans Jacob Frydenlund, took to Twitter to oppose the film, saying “It incorrectly depicts Norway’s belief in family life and our respect for different cultures. Child welfare is a matter of great responsibility, never motivated by payments or profit. #Norwaycares.”
“Given Rani Mukerji’s acting prowess it is difficult to remain unmoved by it, and movie-goers might come out thinking of Norway as an uncaring country. But as the Norwegian Ambassador to India, it is important for me to present the official Norwegian perspective and correct factual inaccuracies that this film unfortunately portrays. The case that the movie is inspired by was resolved a decade ago in cooperation with Indian authorities and an agreement between all the parties involved. This movie is a fictional representation of the case,” he said in his opinion piece for Indian Express.
He said that he has resided in India for four decades and noticed “first-hand the deep-rooted pride Indian take in their cultural heritage and properly so’. He also discussed how Indians enjoy ‘annual events such as the Bollywood Festival Norway, Oslo Durga Puja, and the Mela festival’. He further added, “I sincerely hope this movie will not discourage Indians from coming to Norway. I hope this film will be seen for what it is and I trust in the viewers to understand that this is a fictional representation. For those involved, there is no denying that the experience was traumatic.”
Nikkhil took to Twitter to respond to share what actually took place at the screening where Frydenlund was invited. He stated that the ambassador ‘admonished’ two women after the show. It is unknown if the ‘women’ mentioned is director Ashima Chibber.
#DeshKaMatter https://t.co/wq4LmOP2Zc pic.twitter.com/sXIOAK09el
— Nikkhil Advani (@nikkhiladvani) March 17, 2023
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