The New Classmate
Nil Battey Sannata
A charming tale of a poor single mother who comes up with an ingenious plan to convince her rebellious daughter to study.
Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Producers Ajay G Rai, Alan McAlex, Sanjay Shetty, Nitesh Tiwari, Aanand L Rai
Screenwriters Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nitesh Tiwari, Neeraj Singh, Pranjal Chowdhary
With Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathi
Sales Films Boutique
Debut director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari presents an inspiring family film with this tale of a loving single mum battling to ensure her daughter has every opportunity in life, whether she wants it or not. Since the death of her husband, Chanda has raised Apeksha alone, making ends meet with her wages as a maid. When Apeksha starts a new school, she falls in with the wrong crowd and begins to fail in her studies. Chanda is desperate for her daughter to have more than she did but when she encourages Apeksha in her studies, her daughter’s rebellion grows. In response, Chanda takes the drastic step of enrolling herself into school, but Apeksha’s embarrassment at seeing her mother attend the same class as her only makes things worse. Tiwari’s drama is a powerful account of motherly love and the often turbulent conflict that can exist between generations.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney