Cast: Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna, Sajal Ali and Adnan Siddiqui.
Almost every day we come across at least one case about rape, and sadly, we just read and let go. Our system does the same. Over the last few years, we have seen many such incidents creating an uproar amongst the public, but the system is quite tough on not making a change, immediately. So, when the system doesn’t provide justice, who else can?
What if you had to choose between bad and very bad? What would you choose?
Based on this premise is Mom, starring Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and others.
Devki’s daughter Arya is kidnapped and gang-raped by four men, in the car, on a quiet street in Noida. Arya recovers slowly, and gives a statement about the incident, but our heartless system doesn’t consider that and lets the criminals walk free. Devki and her family are in shock, and that’s when she decides to seek justice by herself and teach the men a lesson, one after the other. Arya's stepmom, Devki also struggles to please her step daughter and fights every day patiently to gain her respect, hoping one day she will be called Mom. How does she do all this by herself? What’s the struggle? What makes Arya call Devki her mom?
These 2 subjects go hand in hand, throughout the film, well stitched, leading to a predictable, yet satisfying film.
The legendary actor has been missing from the silver screen for the last few years. After delivering a soul-stirring performance in English Vinglish, Sridevi raised anticipation about her return to the screen again. With Mom, she delivers the role with even more love and conviction. Though the film is made on a known, rather crippling subject, the way it is delivered makes it worth the watch. Simple dialogues, apt music, excellent camera work, ruthless scenes and the oscillation between the 2 subjects, keep you glued to the screen and that deserves appreciation.
Every character written for the film has delivered their best. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the detective is creepy initially but grows with every scene. His pun intended scenes will and are the only ones that will make you smile in the film. Sajal Ali looks beautiful throughout the film and has performed exceptionally well. There are moments where you will cringe and moments where you’ll want to fight with her for her attitude towards Devaki. Adnan Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna are just good.
Lately, there have been films which were made on the same subject, but did not do well, due to the narrative. But Mom is different. What would sell here is the way, the story builds up. Sridevi as Devaki convinces and delivers her best. Mom is worth watching, once!