For Sridevi's lovers, this movie is a walk down the memory lane, where the gorgeous actress has once again mesmerised the audience with her acting skills.
The 42-year-old actor returned to the big screen last year as an antagonist in the action-comedy film "Dishoom". That's why he created a mother. MOM, directed by Ravi Udyawar, tells the story of teenage girl Arya (Sajal) who is gang-raped and left to die by a group of four men.
Starring Sridevi in lead, Mom is a story of a mother who avenges her daughter's rape in her own unique way after failed by the legal system. But Devki won't let them go unpunished. The character appears an oddball nearly to the point of being unlikeable, but Nawazuddin fleshes DK out so that we behind him and invested in his quest to help Devki. We never expected it to be that huge", she says with a smile.Quiz her on her daughter's debut, and she answers, "Yes, she has opted for films. Still, the film is immensely more watchable (in comparison) to the past few Bollywood thrillers such as Bejoy Nambiar's "Wazir" or even Sujoy Ghosh's "Kahaani 2". The film bolts through some portions - mainly the police inquiry and courtroom scenes - and slows down to a boring crawl in parts where the family is at home. However, this friction in relations has been portrayed in a positive manner in the movie and it shows the efforts of a mother to understand the teen rather that to make her understand. It's also the colour of the newly dyed sheets of cloth drying in the wind as Devki approaches the two trans women, her ex students, to help her. A revenge film is a revenge film, after all.
There's a lot that's contrary in the film including the detective's secret involvement and the cop-out at the end. It's the treatment that sets the film apart. Overall, he manages to steal many a show. Getting too little to do in the film, except to shed a gazillion tears, Sajal gets too little to do in the second half of the film.
Sajal Ali is lovely and another wonderful find from across the border. The movie doesn't make you cringe like recent thrillers such as Kaabil which also had a similar theme of being a revenge thriller centered around sexual assault. Sridevi is in top form.
In her first full-fledged role after the much-loved "English Vinglish" in 2012, she proves that she is the embodiment of the new age Bollywood mother - willing to kill anyone who has wronged her family instead of meekly accepting what life hands out.
Then of course the plot where Devki aided by a sharp but cartoonish detective DK (played by such rich flavour by Nawazuddin) plots a revenge where the cops know she is the one executing the killings but can not do anything about it. After a compelling start, you are geared up for something exceptional coming along.