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There are many movies made purely for entertainment. They also find their own nonchalant audience. Mom is not one of those movies. There is a reason to why movies like Mom are made – they strike a chord between real and reel. And when such movies are well made, the audience is able to recognize that.
As you watch the chilling scene of a car circling the deserted streets of Delhi like a shark, you are instantly reminded of the dark realities that plague this world. A regular family life shattered by misogynist minds, Mom is meant to move you in your boots. It is meant to tell people that there is no place for physical assault of any kind in this world. And those who perpetrate it will (one way or the other) face dire consequences for their actions. We as viewers are quick to critic such movies for their predictable stories and plot. But these ‘well-directed’ movies are a reminder that such incidents (Nirbhaya, Jessica Lal, Jyoti Singh and so many other young women who don’t make headlines) still exist. And as long as they occur in the real world, they cannot and will not be forgotten. There are a number of reports that scream of crimes against women, but people simply pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. Can these women (with their entire lives ahead) ever be forgotten? Can people who are part of such despicable crimes ever be forgiven? The answer is straight and simple – No.
Debutant director Ravi Udyavar had to possibly find a balance between a ‘real’ movie and the movie going audience. He finds that balance with Mom. A.R Rahman’s background score provides the chills and thrills. Anay Goswamy’s beautiful yet daunting camera work lingers on to keep you lovingly engaged. 50 years in the industry and in her 300th landmark movie, Sridevi demonstrates why she is still a force to reckon with. Her portrayal of a distressed parent protecting her hurt child is unparalleled. She relays a state of mind that any and every parent can relate to. Her onscreen husband played by the talented Adnan Siddiqui ably supports her as he plays his part with compassion and poise. The insatiable Nawazuddin, with his quirks and charming one-liners, lights up the screen yet again in his brief appearance along with Akshaye Khanna who is in full form here and brings the much needed ‘josh’ to the film. Sajal Ali rounds up a stellar star cast with her adept performance of a daughter in dismay. She walks a fine line between the simplicities and complexities of her phase-by-phase character.
Mothers are a symbol of strength. Mom furthers that strength. Message received.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped
Debutant director Ravi Udyawar is an artist, illustrator and ad filmmaker.
Director – Ravi Udyawar
Cast – Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Adnan Siddiqui, Abhimanyu Singh, Sajal Ali