Director: Ravi Udyawar
Cast: Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sajal Ali
A bad film disappoints but when a film that has established a strong foundation fails to build the final structure, it is more disheartening. Ravi Udyawar’s Mom had a good initial story with sharp direction but it couldn’t maintain the momentum further and it ended up being a typical filmy formula.
Sridevi as Devki is a teacher and she has a typical happy family. One day, a tragic incident happens with her daughter Arya (Sajal Ali) and Devki decides to take revenge on the people responsible. The story of Devki’s family, horrific incident with Arya and Devki’s determination for revenge is written and executed brilliantly and that’s why the first hour or so of Mom is extremely interesting and brings the thrill to the plot.
The dark treatment to the scenes of court proceedings, the cunning personalities of people responsible hurting Arya, Sridevi’s silent but planning mind, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s detective shade as DK and finally, Akshaye Khanna as a Police officer, all these characters are very well developed and introduced at the right time. Udyawar does a very fine detailing on Sridevi’s Mom character which makes you feel sympathetic as well as respectable towards her.
Having said all the above, things start messing up afterwards in the film. The direction and writing that were so sharp initially, weaken and destroy the movie in the second half. Devki’s ways to take revenge were very dull and generic. Even the villains, who seemed daunting, were shown very idiotic afterwards. The thrill that had been built up by Udyawar was lost now as the film went from extremely good to average. The end, which should have been smart and silent, became too filmy.
The dialogues between Sridevi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are memorable and have depth. I like their scene in the art gallery where Sridevi talks about Draupadi.
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After giving the impeccable performance in ‘English Vinglish’, Sridevi has delivered another stunning role. A loving mother, a firm teacher and most importantly, a strong mother, who will do anything and will go to any bounds to protect her child, all these were effectively portrayed by Sridevi. Two scenes which boast off her incredible act: one is when she sees her daughter Arya in hospital and outbursts in tears with shock and another one is the in the end. It’s because of Sridevi’s high quality performance, Mom is interesting, even when the plot disappoints in the second half. She proves that a talent never perishes.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is becoming a standard in interesting roles. His presence in the film as a detective is intense as well as funny. He keeps the spontaneity of the movie intact. I don’t understand why Akshaye Khanna doesn’t get more and more roles in Bollywood? He is a skilled actor. Right from the first scene, he shows that he is a smart and aggressive cop. His cleverness to reach to Devki and DK is great.
Sajal Ali is sweet, emotional, complex, so overall, a perfect job done by her in the film. Her traumatic episodes were highly crucial for the film to build a thrilling narrative. Abhimanyu Singh is bad-ass and I am not surprised as I had loved his performance in Gulaal. Abhimanyu gives a heavy and cunning portrayal of a bad guy which brilliant.
The music of A. R. Rahman has to be mentioned here. It is electrifying and matches precisely with the scenario.
Mom is a good film but it could have been much much better. Sridevi’s incredible performance lifts the film. The initial build-up of the plot is extremely interesting by Ravi Udyawar but he couldn’t maintain it throughout. It falls short of its potential.