Director: Ravi Udyawar
Star Cast: Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sajal Ali, Pitobash Tripathy and Abhimanyu Singh
-Kunal M Shah
Mom is the latest addition in the bandwagon of films, which celebrate woman power. Helmed by debutante director Ravi Udyawar, Mom is a fictionalised drama that has revenge as its central theme. The film resonates and celebrates what is regarded as the most crucial avatar of a woman – motherhood.
The story unfolds with Devki (Sridevi), a biology teacher, giving an earful to her student, after she catches him sending an obscene clip to Arya who incidentally is also her step daughter. As the story progresses, Arya goes to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her friends at a farmhouse. And there, she rejects a guy’s proposal. Interestingly, he is the same guy who had earlier sent her that clip. This leads to certain horrific consequences and Arya ends up in a hospital. After a lull police case, failure of system and delayed justice, Devki takes the charge in her hands. What happens next in the film forms the crux of the story, which is pretty predictable! As said, Hell hath no fury like a scorn woman… better to put it as Hell hath no fury like a scorn mom, in this case!
Mom has all the ingredients of a good film that is mounted on intense and emotional quotient. The film begins on a promising note and as the plot progresses, every scene adds ample amount of meat. The film perfectly portrays the relationship part of mother and daughter, the mishap and the aftermath of the incident in a subtle way without imbibing overflowing drama or lousiness.
Mom’s biggest strength lies in its superlative performances by Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddique and the brilliant Abhimanyu Singh. Sridevi puts up a magnificent act with her convincing act, initially as a sufferer, and later as a mom with a mission. There are scenes where her eyes and body language does all the talking. Akshaye Khanna is always a treat to watch and despite of an ill-itched character he excels as Mathew Samuel, the investigating crime branch officer. Nawaz is surely the icing on the cake. He plays the role of a private detective, Dayashankar Kapoor aka DK. His witty one-liners and absorbing avatar adds to his performance. Sajal Ali is fresh, Pitobash is wasted and one wonders why he did such an insignificant role. Adnan Siddiqui is first-rate. Abhimanyu Singh is brilliant and not only does he looks the character but manages to send chills in the climax. AR Rahman’s music, like most of his recent films, is disappointing.
Although the film has a wafer thin story line, it has a brilliant narrative. The performances, the DOP and its narrative are the three main factors that make it a film worth watching.
At the box-office the film will score well.