Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway, directed by Rani Mukerji, hit theatres on March 17. The movie is based on the true account of Sagarika Bhattacharya, who fought valiantly to retain custody of her children after the Norwegian government abducted them. Norwegian Ambassador to India Hans Jacob Frydenlund has now protested the film as he said that it has ‘factual flaws’ and the plot is a ‘fictional portrayal of the case’. In an opinion piece, he also noted that the cultural disparities have been presented as the key cause in the case, which is ‘absolutely incorrect’.
In-depth details about Producer of Rani Mukerji’s Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway claims that the ambassador of Norway warned them at the screening
Producer of Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway Nikkhil Advani has now disclosed how Frydenlund “admonished” two women following a recent showing of the movie. He posted what truly transpired at the screening to which Frydenlund was invited on Twitter.
Hans Jacob Frydenlund shared a piece he wrote on the movie on Twitter. as his tweet reads, “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.”
Frydenlund had penned the following as part of an opinion article for a media outlet: “It is vital for me to convey the official Norwegian position and address the factual inaccuracies that this film regrettably depicts because I am the Norwegian Ambassador to India. The case that served as the inspiration for the movie was settled ten years ago with the help of Indian authorities and an agreement reached by all parties. The case is fictitiously depicted in this film.”
Producer Nikkhil Advani shared what exactly transpired at the screening on Twitter. After the show, he said that the ambassador “admonished” two women. Tweeted Nikkhil, “Atithi Devo Bhava! is a cultural mandate in India. Every Indian is taught that by our elders. Last evening we hosted the Norwegian Ambassador and volunteered to show him our film Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway. Post the screening, I sat quietly watching him admonish two strong women who have chosen to tell this very important story. I was quiet because just like Sagarika Chakraborty, they don’t need me to fight for them and ‘culturally’ we do not insult our guests. As far as a clarification is concerned. Video Attached.”
In the video that Nikkhil shared, Sagarika Chakraborty was seen claiming how the ambassador spoke about her situation ‘without having any respect’ to speak with her first. The Norwegian government, she added, “continues to spread misinformation” about her.
A mother fights with a whole country to get custody of her children in the moving drama Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway. Jim Sarbh and Anirban Bhattacharya are also featured in the movie’s cast. It debuted in theatres on March 17 under the direction of Ashima Chibber.