Verdict - Can be seen for Sridevi's acting
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Movie clearly depends upon the perfomances of sridevi and Nawazuddin. The screenplay is little bit staggering at places. Direction could have been ...read more
Movie clearly depends upon the perfomances of sridevi and Nawazuddin. The screenplay is little bit staggering at places. Direction could have been better.less
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Mom is Sridevi’s second movie after English Vinglish in her second career and though the two stories are totally different, the women she has chosen to portray are both strong yet vulnerable, which is kind of interesting. Yet again, her character suffers. I would love to see the old Sridevi in a mature role as a person in her 40s or 50s having fun with life.
Mom is an emotional revenge drama at its core. It’s about the extent a mother will go to, to protect her children. A teenage daughter gets horrifically raped and the culprits get away scot free for lack of circumstantial evidence. I don’t want to tell you much than this since it has many twists and turns. Suffice to say that it is dark, direct and disturbing in its judgements.
The movie is pretty evenly paced though I still found it a bit on the longer side. There are a few scenes that are too long though in some instances, like the rape sequence, that works well towards building the horror of the situation. However, at other times, such as towards the end of the movie, what would have been wonderful as a short scene dissolves into becoming a melodramatic moment that loses its impact because the scene is so stretched. The Director relies very heavily on background music to create the drama and though that works sometimes at other times it only distracts or becomes too overbearing.
I wonder about a few things. A child is raped and obviously very disturbed. The parent are professionals, and the mother is a teacher even. Why don’t they think of taking the child to a counsellor? They let her sleep it off almost as if it’s a case of flu that will go away with rest and a couple of Crocins. I am also unsure about the necessity of the whole angle of the step mother. Teenage children have enough trouble with their birth parents at this age to create a conflict. The story would have been more powerful and focused without this complication. Unless of course, I am totally missing the point and it’s a movie about a step mom-daughter conflict. But to me, her character doesn’t show much sense. The child hates her, yet she insists on being the care-giver in the hospital or going on a family vacation when sense would have dictated that she let the father-daughter go so that he can help her heal since she only responds to him. Oh well, I guess Boney Kapoor finances so Boney Kapoor decides.
Sridevi as the mom out to seek revenge is effective in parts. She looks a bit lost in places as if she is unsure about how to react. Should she look angry, sad upset? And the mish mash of all these confuses you also. She comes through in the big scenes but her body language in the small things don’t convey much about her as her torn personality. She has huge eyes, like a Japanese anime character and she uses them very effectively to convey distress. I only wish her revenge avatar was more powerful. I guess Gauri Shinde extracted a more nuanced performance from her in English Vinglish than Ravi Udyawar here. Sajal Ali as the daughter who deals with first a step mom and then being raped and denied justice is wonderful and effective. Would love to see more of her. Nawazuddin in a new get- up plays a detective deliciously. His character is well defined and you feel a genuine bond with him. His scenes with Sridevi are the ones you look forward to since he also manages to inject some humour into the grim proceedings. Akshay Khanna looks great as the cop on the case. However, his role is very short and gets over before he gets a chance to dig his fingers into it.
In balance, Mom is a movie worth a watch. It has a different story; certain twists are sharp and ruthless which is essential for a crime story and it has a strong emotional base. I would have wished for faster, more furious but then dil always maange more, isn’t it?less
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