'Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway,' a Hindi legal drama film directed by Ashima Chibber, chronicles the agony of Aniruddha and Debika Chatterjee, an Indian couple who lived in Stavanger, Norway, after being snatched away by Norwegian Child Welfare Services, and then placed in foster homes, causing Debika to embark on a difficult journey to retrieve her beloved children. The Rani Mukherjee starrer is
Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya: Who Are They?
Anurup Bhattacharya, a geophysicist, wed Sagarika Chakraborty in 2007 in Kolkata, India. After the couple moved to Stavanger, Norway, they took their son in 2009, and they married in 2010. Avigyan was placed in kindergarten when Anurup was expecting their second child.
Avigyan reportedly began experiencing strange, autism-like symptoms during this period, and would often bang his head on the ground to express his frustration. Moreover, she was becoming increasingly unable to connect with her son due to her heavy pregnancy. The CWS has begun sending alerts to the local child welfare agencies.
Avigyan's behavior began to worsen once Sagarika gave birth to her daughter, Aishwarya. His mother was unable to maintain a balance between the children and household chores, so they forced her to undergo counseling. Besides, the Bhattacharya household hired a social worker, Michelle Middleton, to examine the couple's parenting abilities.
The CWS reportedly discovered Sagarika to be a neglectful mother. Michelle's lack of proficiency in Norweigan aided little either.
Avigyan was reportedly diagnosed with attachment disorder in March 2011, which worsened the situation. His parents later claimed they were unaware of the same and had not been informed of the evaluation and diagnosis. On May 11, 2011, Sagarika left her two-year-old son in kindergarten and returned home for a meeting with the social workers. Following a sudden argument, she was led outside for a walk as the CWS officers took four-month-old Aishwarya.
To Sagarika and Anurup's surprise, they received a phone call shortly after, informing them that the Norweigan government had taken their children's custody from them and placed them in the care of the CWS. The parents were fought tooth and nail to get their beloved children back home until they reached the age of 18.
Arunabhash, an unmarried dentist, brought the children back to India, but things turned ugly due to an Anurup and Sagarika's custody dispute. The latter was enraged by her husband and in-laws, who were keen to keep the kids with them. In January 2013, the Calcutta High Court granted the kids' custody to their mother.
What Has Happened to Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya?
Sagarika was denied entry to her children immediately by the authorities, and she was only reunited with them in April 2013 at the age of 25. According to reports, Anurup returned to Norway and continued working as a Geophysicist; he seems to prefer privacy and has not shared much about himself in the public domain. On the other hand, Sagarika completed a Masters degree in Computer Applications.
Sagarika Chakraborty moved to India for a year to teach at an MNC, and her sister is still struggling with learning disabilities. She is deeply affected by her family's difficulties in addition to her books.
Sagarika's mother said, "He was lying on the floor and hardly spoke." He is extremely traumatized and is yet to recover." Our granddaughter is doing well, but he is yet to overcome the trauma.