Indian movie “Mom” review: All about Mom, our biggest mentor

Indian movie "Mom" review: All about Mom, our biggest mentor


Magnificent Sridevi’s 300th film

Starring: Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna, Sajal Ali
Directed by Ravi Udyawar
Rating: 2.5/5

From a ‘female celeb’ factor of view, it ticks all the boxes. It takes on a completely demanding social evil, gives it a hint of truth, affords room to convey out ‘performances,’ and eventually makes the character the unwitting superheroine.

And due to the fact it’s miles sridevi, and because she will be able to pull off practically anything, the first 30- mins are awesome with the scenes real, stark, below-commenced, worrying, and way a bit emotional.

The film’s pivot, is the strained relationship between Devki and her 18-year-old rebellious teenage step daughter Arya (Sajal Ali), Sridevi creates a compelling backdrop for what could have been an high-quality and sensitive movie, however mother quickly turns into an exercising in reinforcing all the stereotypes you associate with the subject – of a young girl being molested and the culprits getting away.

While there is much care given initially to present Arya’s perspective – her bitterness towards Devki being the high-point – the film rushes straight into cliché-land, where Mom becomes Avenger with a little help from a private detective DK (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).whihe the businessman father Anand Sabharwal (Adnan Siddiqui) cuts short a New York trip and rushes back home. 

Mom hits the right notes on the emotional cure: Every woman would want to see the culprits punished, and most ladies may have rushed and provide call their daughters if only to check on them. (Until the film’s interval, a  ‘mom’ was giving strict instructions to her daughter to keep the phone by her side before wishing her ‘happy holidays.’)

However in telling a vigilante justice story, Mom glosses over societal realities. It resorts to simplistic cinematic plot factors

Mom turns into the sort of Bollywood hero stories of the 1980s and 1990s, wherein ‘the man of the house,’ when confronted with his wife/daughter being molested, and enters into revenge mode and elaborate lectures as those heroes did but the template of Mom is no longer different.

The utter simplistic manner in which justice is meted and the contrived climax, replete with ‘cinematic coincidences,’ take the soul away from Mom, as it becomes just another Bollywood tale that milks a social evil that needs sensitivity and deft handling.

Mom is obsolutly Sridevi-centric – and she plays Devki to perfection. Nawazuddin Siddiqui cracks up the screen occasionally; Akshaye Khanna is as ever bankable. how I wish that Mom did not have to take recourse to Bollywood formula to prove a mother’s real worth.

Both the actors deserves a round of applause for gorgeous Pakistani actress  Sajali Ali and Adnan Siddiqui -Adnan for performing the anguished father’s role and Sajal’s performance was effortlessly taking on the emotional contours that her character demands.

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