MOM movie review: The plot is riddled with holes, and is too focussed on Sridevi

MOM movie review: There are other good actors in the film, apart from Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Abhimanyu Singh. Sajal Ali, who plays the young victim, is particularly effective. Adnan Siddiqui, as Sridevi’s husband, is very dishy, but suffers from the same problem the rest of the cast : not enough heft.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2017 8:26 am
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MOM movie cast: Sridevi, Nawazudin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna, Adnan Siddiqui, Sajal Ali, Abhimanyu Singh
MOM movie director: Ravi Udyawar
MOM movie rating: 2 stars

Mom begins with promise. Vivacious teenager Arya goes with her friends to a swinging party, and instead of working off an illicit hangover the next morning, and conducting giggly post-mortems with her school pals, finds herself in a dark, dark place.

First time feature filmmaker, adman Ravi Udyawar sets it up deftly, sketching Arya’s (Ali) rocky relationship with stepmother Devki (Sridevi), an overly compensating one with her father (Adnan Siddiqui) and younger sister. There are some chilling sequences that we watch with our heart in our mouth: a black car circling the deserted streets of Delhi like a shark ; a bunch of entitled testosterone-filled jerks casing the joint in search of easy female prey; and how a party meant for fun and games can swiftly descend into terrifying chaos. You recall those names—Jessica Lal, Jyoti Singh — and so many other young women who don’t hit the headlines but make up the sickening assault count in the Capital. And you shake yourself and wait for the track of righteous comeuppance to kick in.

We know how the rest of it will pan out, given the countless rape-and-revenge thrillers churned out every so often: just a couple of months back, Raveena Tandon was walking the same path in Matr. The only way you can break through the clutter is via a plot boasting novelty and distinctive performances : unfortunately, Mom’s plot is riddled with holes, and is far too focused on Sridevi.

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When you start creating scenes to topline the actor not plot, such as it is, you do disservice to both. Mom is so busy keeping Sridevi centre-stage that it makes this film much less impactful than it could have been. It isn’t as if Sridevi, who returns after a sizeable gap after English Vinglish, can’t carry a film on her own. Shorn of her mannerisms, and pancake, Sri needs only a twitch or a glance to prove that she is a powerhouse, and there are several scenes she lifts by just being there.

But the film overdoes it, and what could have been a taut thriller is reduced to being a showcase for Sridevi’s capabilities, which we are fully aware of already. It also leaves even someone as capable as Nawazuddin struggling to overcome a spectacularly ugly hair-piece and a sketchily written part. He plays Detective DK, who is to be seen playing a wholly inexplicable game of hide-and-seek with Devki, which just serves to stretch the film needlessly.

The film side-steps this crucial question in its quest to do quirk. As the four perpetrators (including a very vivid Abhimanyu Singh) seem to be getting off scot-free, Devki gets going, and from then on, the improbabilities pile up. Just how is a school biology teacher, for that is what Devki is, meant to know anything about breaking-and-entering, and other things involving larceny? The plot is distressingly vague about these details, and we are left muttering, just like poor Akshaye Khanna who shows up as a crime branch cop reaching the point post-facto.

There are other good actors here, apart from Nawaz and Abhimanyu. Sajal Ali, who plays the young victim, is particularly effective. Adnan Siddiqui, as Sridevi’s husband, is very dishy, but suffers from the same problem the rest of the cast : not enough heft. The heavy-lifting is left to Sridevi, and she goes all out. But she is made to do too much: too much widening of the eyes, too much narrowing of the mouth, and too many things we don’t really believe she can do. You want to see what she can really do, give her a solid plot, and see her make a meal of it. Mom is not that film.

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    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:17 pm
    The plot is hard to believe. The movie places emphasis of a mother protecting her children and presents all the stereotypes of a loving mother. The role went to Sri Devi who ruined another child's life and that of her mother by having an affair with a married man. The role wasn't believable with Sri Devi as the leading character.
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      Leila
      Jul 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm
      Why was Sri Devi speaking with barely moving her mouth in the movie?? It was soooo odd!
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      Kajal
      Jul 19, 2017 at 11:21 am
      It must be a Good and script tight film because #Sridevi is Good in selecting films .so I must watch.. Read more reviews go with : wittyghost /2017/07/mom/ : wittyghost /
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        Navdeep
        Jul 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm
        It must be a Good and script tight film because #Sridevi is Good in selecting films .so I must watch..Read more reviews go with : wittyghost /2017/07/mom/ : wittyghost /
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          manish
          Jul 13, 2017 at 7:55 am
          Worst criticism I have ever read. Sad excuse for a review.
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            Sachin Makhija
            Jul 13, 2017 at 6:37 am
            Shubhra Gupta.. Shows your Shallow approach to rate a Movie which is becoming a Superhit.. #Sic #SoldMedia s: forbes /sites/robcain/2017/07/12/sridevi-shows-gorgeous-legs-as-mom-rises-from-1st-day-crawl-to-5th-day-sprint/#4458caa7790b
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              priya
              Jul 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm
              Absolutely horrible review! It's like you haven't even watched the movie. Sad. Mom was an amazing movie and placing the focus on Sridevi wasn't bad because the film was called mom after all. She knew how to do a lot of criminal stuff because she was so driven towards her goal of revenge. It's not hard to learn basic things. Disagree with this article 100 .
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                Akanxa
                Jul 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm
                Did you feel the same pain when Ranbir Kapoor was given too much of space in Tamasha when compared to Deepika? Or for that matter any other Hero centric movie? No. Then why now? Because this time it is a Heroine, who has given some terrific performance here.
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                  Manish
                  Jul 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm
                  This reveiw is nt justified the Movie.I think 4 to 5 star is apropriat for this .Wait.....it will draw more public day by day.
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