Director : Ravi Udyawar
Music : AR Rahman
Cast : Sridevi, Adnan Siddiqui, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna, Sajal Ali
Release Date : 7th July 2017
Rate : 3.5/5
After English Vinglish (2012), Sridevi is making her stunning comeback in Bollywood with Mom, directed by Ravi Udyawar, which is hitting the theaters today on 7th July. It is all about the story of a mother who decides to avenge the rape of her daughter because the law couldn’t get her the justice she deserves. Let’s see the storyline.
Story: MOM starts with stunning Devaki (Sridevi) walking into a class room as a teacher, in the same school where her step-daughter Arya studies. The scene involves a part where a boy in class sends a porn video to Arya and Sridevi confiscates the phone. The relationship between Devaki and Arya are not good as Arya has not accepted Devaki as her mother. So Arys routes everything through her father (Adnan Siddiqui) and this is the same when it comes to a valentine’s night college party, that happens at a farm house. At the party, a mishap and fight with some boys from her school leads to abduction and gang-rape. Arya gets thrown away in a drain after. Then she gets admitted in a hospital and gives a statement identifying the rapists but as according to medical report which claims Arya has 0.8% alcohol in her body, her statement became invalid and the accused also gets free due to lack of evidence. In this situation, Devaki decides to take revenge and meets private detective Dayashankar Kapoor aka DK (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who agrees to snoop around for 'information'. How Devaki uses the information to eliminate her daughter’s wrongdoers, form rest of the story.
Performance: Mom has stellar performances. Sridevi and Nawazuddin Siddique deliver excellent performances and steal the show. The actress who clocks 300 with this film, ruled over Hindi cinema at a time, grabs the attention of audiences with her fantastic performance. Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of Detective Dayashankar Kapoor aka DK, is the real charmer in Mom. He knows exactly when to switch gears and how to look timid despite being in the spotlight. Akshay Khanna is terrific as the intuitive crime branch inspector Mathew Francis torn between duty and justice. Pakistani actor Sajal Ali, whose character endures physical abuse, is effective in communicating the psychological residue of the traumatic act through her performance. Adnan Siddiqui performs well in the role of Sridevi’s husband. They look like a couple in joy and grief and the family breathes an easy air of unrehearsed togetherness. Abhimanyu Singh justify with his role. The rest of the cast perform accordingly.
Technical: The plot of Mom is very close to the Raveena Tandon starrer, Maatr. Debutant director Ravi Udyawar has done superb job and he became successful to execute the movie in engaging manner. Cinematography by Anay Goswamy are note worthy. He captures the proceedings strategically and in a manner that influences and controls the audience's focus. The songs and background score by AR Rahman are impressive. The dialogues are good. A dialogue in the film explains that God isn't omnipresent, and hence he created mothers, is highlighted. The production value is top notch.
Analysis: MOM is one of the best films in recent times. Sridevi carries the entire weight of the film on her nimble shoulders. Her body language, especially the use of her eyes, that gaze, the way she breakdown and howls – all of this is par excellence. Mom is a performance-heavy film and Akshay and Nawazuddin both support Sridevi beautifully in totally different ways. The scenes between Nawazuddin and Sridevi are major highlights and it’s a treat to watch their jugalbandi on screen.