A decorous comeback with ‘English Vinglish’ and Sridevi Boney Kapoor took nearly 5 years to come up with her second outing. The film ‘Mom’ is directed by Ravi Udhyawar and has Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshay Khanna in lead roles alongside Sridevi. The film features musical score by AR Rahman.
Sridevi plays school teacher and her step-daughter happens to be her student as well. There seems to be a disharmony within the daughter for her father Adnan Siddiqui marrying second time and even having a baby. But still Sridevi continues to shower unconditional love upon her. Sooner, the family undergoes a terrible disaster, when the eldest daughter gets sexually abused by one of her classmates and his group. With the criminals easily escaping from the clutches of law, it’s up to mother to settle the scores. But how far she can go when a honest cop (Akshay Khanna) is watching her.
There happens to be a diversified view point for the audiences, especially for the ones belonging to Hindi speaking territories as they might heavily praise this movie. But then as it gets remade in South Indian languages, the audiences can easily find a huge similarities between this film with Mohanlal’s Drishyam (which got an adverse impact with its remake) and Mammootty-Nayantara starrer Puthiya Niyamam, where a revenge in an unheralded procedure is executed by innocuous yet smart protagonists. This indeed hampers our attention towards the film. The first 50 minutes of the film are just emotionally gripping that leaves us speechless. With the entry of Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshay Khanna, the film gets more engrossment, but then the post-intermission sequences aren’t so much gripping except few sequences that involves apple seeds and cyanide. But then, they too look slightly unbelievable as it hits the logical grounds. The climax act turns to be a routine cinematic element and director should have emphasized on using the same trick to hit the baddie psychologically. The cinematography is just beyond the word excellent and the biggest showstopper is none other than AR Rahman, who steals the show with an unparalleled musical style.
Sridevi looks slightly feeble in many places and yet she delivers her best show without fail. The panic and tense laden face and body language, but the rigidness to execute her revenge motive is very well performed. Nawazuddin Siddiqui despites playing a cameo role bluntly steals the show. Akshay Khanna is commendable with his naturalistic performance. Adnan Siddiqui takes a sleep walk with his role. The one playing Sridevi’s daughter has done a remarkable job.
If the director had tried offering a much more gripping second half and a different climax to avoid usual cinematic pattern, the film ‘Mom’ would have excelled beyond what it is now.
Verdict : Emotional and Gripping in places
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