Director: Ravi Udyawar
Paisa Vasooli: 3 / 5
A lot of people think that Mom is an exaggerated film. Isn’t cinema supposed to be exaggerated? Of course, not ALL cinema but most. If you call this exaggeration then there is a similar film you should watch. Directed by Meir Zarchi, and playing the role of her life; Camille Keaton. The film is I Spit on Your Grave. We will then, talk about exaggerations and cinematic liberties.
Mom is a simple film. Devki’s daughter Arya is gang-raped by 04 men at a party and the court absolves them due to lack of evidence. Mommy swears revenge. First half is the rape and trial, second half is the revenge. Pretty simple, right?
After getting various Best Actress nominations in 2012 for her wonderful role in English Vinglish (where character focus was the mother too) coming back to Bollywood after 05 years takes a toll. But Sridevi proves what veterans are made of; we have no more than 5 / 5 to give to her performance. Some very powerful scenes in the film could have been only possible with THIS top actress. The scene where she gets to know her daughter has been raped, when she calls her husband to come back to India etc. are intense scenes handled like a piece of cake.
Nawazuddin needs no praise. We think it is established he is among the best of the best when it comes to acting. His character, a small time detective with a receding hairline and Paharganj mentality is brought to life. Not once do you recognize the Raman Raghav 2.0 or the Freaky Ali behind DK.
You’d be living under a rock if you don’t know Pakistani star Adnan Siddiqui. He is a brilliant actor and has this elegance of movement and speech. Sajal Ali too, is a sought after name in Pakistan. Sajal does a good job here among senior actors. Akshaye Khanna plays a frustrated but competent police-walla but we really didn’t understand the frustration; is that the way he is or was he acting?
Mom is not a gripping thriller as it seems from the trailer. It is a bit predictable. It takes WAY TOO MANY cinematic liberties while trying to keep the story close to reality. The first half is definitely way better than the second half. The climax is haywire.
Mom is a film you have to watch for the message it carries. For an absolute perfect performance from Sridevi and wonderful support by Nawazuddin. Even if the story is not original but the screenplay is tight. Overall, a brilliant debut for Ravi Udyawar; only good things are expected from him after this.
Not one of the best films that have released recently but definitely watchable. If you have to watch a film this week and Spiderman is not your favorite; book your tickets now.
Dalip Singh Grewal
He loves fantasy, the kind where he's in a situation and pretends to be the third person watching the situation from outside. He flies helicopters for a living. He takes long breaths because he's heard 'Life is the number of breaths you take'.