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The true story of Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway, on which Rani Mukherjee’s film is based!

Rani Mukherjee’s new film ‘Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway’ is in headlines before its release. People watching the pre-release show of this film are praising it fiercely. From its story to the acting of the artists, it is being told as a strong side. In such a situation, tell that the story of this film is based on a true incident. At its center is Sagarika Bhattacharya, a software engineer. Let’s know the life story of Sagarika, who fought with the government for her children.

Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee’s new film ‘Mrs. Chatterjee vs Norway’ is going to be released in theaters on March 17. The story of this film is based on a true incident, in which an Indian mother fights a legal battle for her two children who were allegedly held hostage in a foster care in Norway. The name of this Indian mother is Sagarika Bhattacharya, whose character is played by Rani Mukherjee. Sagarika has written an autobiography titled ‘The Journey of a Mother’ on her fight for her children. The script of the film is inspired from this autobiography. In the film, actors like Anirban Bhattacharya, Jim Sarbh and Neena Gupta are in important roles along with Rani. The film is directed by Ashima Chhibber. People watching the pre-release show of the film are praising it fiercely. From its story to the acting of the artists, it is being told as a strong side.

Software engineer Sagarika Bhattacharya is in limelight because of the film ‘Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway’. Everyone wants to know the story of his struggle. People are interested in how a country has to change its laws in front of a mother’s love, how a mother becomes a tigress for her children in times of need, regardless of her own loss, in any situation Fights. Sagarika’s story is really interesting. Most of the Indians wish to go abroad to work and live a happy life there. This is the reason why many parents arrange the marriage of their girl child with a boy who has settled or is going to settle abroad. Something similar happened with Sagarika as well. In the year 2007, she got married to Anurup Bhattacharya. Anuroop is a geophysicist by profession. Meanwhile, he got a job in Norway. The couple decided to go there and settle down.

Anurup and Sagarika, residents of the outskirts of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, reached Norway. Both were on foreign soil for the first time. He was unaware of the rules and regulations there. By the end of the year 2008, Sagarika became the mother of a child Abhigyan. But very soon they came to know that their child is not normal. He started showing signs of autism. For any parent, it is no less than a tragedy that their child becomes a victim of such an incurable disease. Both started taking care of the child. In the year 2010, Sagarika became pregnant once again. This time she gave birth to a baby girl Aishwarya. There was a difference of two years in the age of both the children. So it became a challenge for them to take care of both together. Here Abhigyan’s illness had become serious. When angry, he often started banging his head on the ground.

Is feeding the child, sleeping with it a violation of the law?
This behavior of Abhigyan used to bother Sagarika. This is the reason why she used to slap him several times in anger. Apart from this, according to Indian tradition, she used to feed her children with her own hands. Used to sleep on the same bed with the children. How does she know that the law of the country she is living in does not allow her to do this. Norway is known for having very strict child care regulations and a long history of controversial cases. It enforces strict rules despite the cultural differences in the country. If a couple is unable to take care of their children according to the rules there, then according to the law, the government there itself takes the custody of their children and hands them over to the Child Welfare Service team. The Child Welfare Team keeps such children in their custody until they are 18 years old.

What seemed ‘normal’ in the Indian context was a crime in Norway
It is about the year 2011. Anoop was busy with his job. Sagarika was busy in raising her children. Meanwhile, something untoward happened to him, which he had never thought of even in his dreams. Norwegian Child Welfare Services, known as Barnevernet (Child Protection), removed both Aishwarya and Abhigyan from their parents. Took both the children in their custody and sent them to foster care. Along with this, it was also said that till both of them do not turn 18, they cannot be handed over to the guardian. The reason behind this was given as ‘improper parenting’. It was said that this decision has been taken after months of “observation”. Not only this, the allegations against the couple included sleeping in the same bed with their children, hand-feeding (which Norwegian authorities considered to be forced feeding) and corporal punishment (Sagarika allegedly slapped the children once ). While these things may seem “normal” in the Indian context, they were in violation of the law in the eyes of the Norwegian authorities.

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