Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, Jacob Smith, Evelyn Edwards, Aidan Whytock
Director: Laxman Utekar
Streaming on: Netflix
Story: Set in the year 2013, an American couple is in need of a young healthy girl to undergo surrogacy to give birth to a child for them. They come across Mimi (Kriti Sanon), a dancer and aspiring actress in Rajasthan who is in dire need of money and she agrees to become the surrogate. Just then, unforeseen circumstances occur. How did they emerge out of it forms the rest of the story.
Performances: This is the first time Kriti Sanon has starred in the lead role of a female-centric film and also the first time she played a pregnant lady. She has done a fabulous job and this character and performance will remain as one of the best in her career when she looks back after a few decades. She is superb in emotional scenes too. Pankaj Tripathi does his part neatly and subtly in both emotional and comedy scenes. Sai Tamhankar, Supriya Pathak, the two foreign actors and the cute young kid have all done well.
Technicalities: Camerawork is neat and presents Rajasthan in relatively fresh light. AR Rahman’s music is a huge support for the film.
All the songs are good but the background score is on a different level and strongly enhanced the emotions. Dialogues are well written and deserve a special mention.
Analysis: The story of the film has good scope for fun as well as drama. The first half is handled in a lighthearted way and has decent fun moments. Once the twist in the tale occurs, the tone shifts and the film becomes an emotional drama. The emotional connect is developed wonderfully through the performances, dialogues and AR Rahman’s solid background score. The climax is heartwarming and handled in a matured way though the sudden change in thoughts of characters is not completely convincing enough. Certain tiny logics go missing here and there and some of the serious moments are suddenly made quirky and the intensity is diluted a bit. Despite all this, the honest intention and strong emotional core of the film overshadowed the minor flaws and made this film a good watch.
On a whole: Mimi is a funny as well as emotionally driven heartwarming tale on motherhood.