‘MOM’ movie review: Sridevi’s brilliant act and a fantastic story make this one a must watch

Directed By: Ravi Udyawar
Produced By:Boney Kapoor, Sunil Manchanda, Naresh Agarwal, Mukesh Talreja, Gautam Jain
Cast:Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna, Sajal Ali, Adnan Siddiqui
Duration:2 hours 28 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

Sridevi tells Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a scene, “Bhagwan har jagah nahi hota hai DK ji.” To which Nawaz replies “Isliye toh usne Maa banayi hai.” Call her mother, maa, MOM or anything else, she is the one who brings us into this world. She stands with us whenever needed, but then we always look up to our father as a hero in our lives. The strength of a mother is often ignored and that’s what ‘MOM’ makes us realise. A mother can be as strong as a father. If someone tries to harm her children, she can go all out and take things in her own hands.

MOM‘ is about Devki (Sridevi) a school teacher. She is married and has two daughters, but her elder daughter, Arya (Sajal Ali) is from her husband’s (Adnan Siddiqui) first wife. Arya has not accepted Devki as her mother, but for Devki, Arya, is not less than her own daughter. One night Arya goes for a party and unfortunately gets raped. The incident changes the life of the entire family. The case goes to the court, but when law fails, a mother takes charge, and the way she takes revenge forms the rest of the story.

We have seen many revenge thrillers, but sometimes writers forget the logic while writing such genre of films. However, thankfully that’s not the case with ‘MOM’. The writers Ravi Udyawar, Girish Kohli and Kona Venkat Rao have written a very interesting story. The movie answers all questions you have in your mind while you are watching it. There are also emotional sequences in the film that will choke you and you will relate to what the characters are going through. The only problem here is that while the whole film showed a lot of realistic things that can happen, in the climax you will be disappointed a bit. Not giving out much details, but writers shouldn’t have given one of the supporting actors so much importance in the climax sequence. Showing him as the good man who helps the protagonist is just not that impressive. There’s also some confusion where the film is set. Is it in Delhi or UP? Because we are shown Metro trains which are not there in UP, and if the film is set in Delhi we wonder if the police vans will have the number plates with UP written on them.

Talking about the screenplay written by Girish Kohli, let us tell you that the first half could have been better. The court room sequences could have been tighter. The first half shoots up as soon as Sridevi comes on the screen, but then dips with other scenes. The second half is much better than the first half and has some wow moments that will surely make you applaud the writers. The way Sridevi takes the revenge is excellent. You won’t come to know what and how she will be doing it, but when she does it, your eyes will be left wide open.

Ravi Udyawar makes a fantastic directorial debut. Bringing a sensitive issue on the big screen is not an easy task, but Ravi manages it well. He never goes overboard in his narration to make the film look over dramatic. Cinematography done by Anay Goswamy is excellent. His camera angles do wonders for the film. Monisha R Baldawa’s editing is good, but the first half could have been shortened.

When an actress does her 300th film, what would we expect from her because she has already done so many characters on the big screen? But, Sridevi surprises us. With a brilliant performance that surely deserves awards, Sridevi once again proves that she is one of the best actresses we have in Bollywood. Watch out for the sequence when she comes to know that her daughter has been raped. She has nailed it! Sajal Ali is terrific in the film. Her character gives her immense scope to showcase her fantastic acting talent. There are sequences that will give you goosebumps. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the detective DK is simply amazing. We would like to ask the makers why he was credited as ‘special appearance’, he has a good amount of role in the film. Adnan Siddiqui too impresses us with her performance and Akshaye Khanna is also good in his part, but his character offers nothing new. Other actors like Abhimanyu Singh, Vikas Verma and Pitobash Tripathy don’t have much to do in the film, but are good in their respective roles.

AR Rahman’s songs don’t really help the film anywhere. But, it’s the background score that is superb. It suits the film’s theme and believe us, it’s the background score that makes many sequences impactful.

Overall, ‘MOM’ is one of those revenge thrillers that make you sit back and think how amazingly it has been executed and performed. It also has a very strong emotional quotient that will make your eyes moist. It’s a must watch.

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A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

Directed By: Soojit Sircar
Produced By: Ronnie Lahiri, Sheel Kumar
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu
Duration:
115 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:
3/5

Varun Dhawan is without a doubt one of the most sought-after actors of Bollywood today. The young actor has been giving frequent hits and proving his mettle in the industry, but it sure was high time that he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried his hands on something different. So for everyone who was tired of seeing Varun in masala potboilers, the actor did listen to us and how. His recent release ‘October’, directed by the impeccable talented Soojit Sircar sees Varun in a totally different avatar.

Living as a hotel intern, Dan (Varun Dhawan) is all about enjoying his life with his friends and living carefree. It is only when one of his colleagues Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) faces an accident and ends up in a hospital, which changes Dan’s life forever. The story unfolds as the careless Dan embarks on an emotional journey. He starts finding love in the strangest the places and the strangest of ways.

If you too thought of Varun’s forte lying in potboilers and comedy flicks, this movie is made to prove you wrong. The actor deserves an applause for Not only taking a risk of playing a role this complex but also for executing it’s so flawlessly. Dan is innocent and a brat at the same time. He will make you fall in love with him, and you will feel what he feels until the very last scene. Banita, on the other hand, is a revelation. She can go places if given the right path. The rest of the cast, especially Shiuli’s mother, Professor Vidya Iyer (Gitanjali) are fabulous playing their parts.

Shoojit handles the sensitivity of the plot brilliantly, it is however his direction which is not up to mark. The movie starts off nice but gradually gets into the boring zone. The parts shot in the hotel are sure to keep you hooked. However the hospital sections soon start to doze you off. Even after being a mere 1hr 56minute long, the movie seems to take a lifetime to end. The storyline is predictable and leaves no scope for suspense or surprise. The climax however is engaging and gets you thinking even after you exit the movie halls.

The camera work by Avik Mukhopadhyay is top notch, while the wound track goes well with the flow of the plot.

Overall,’October’ is about passion and love and is meant for the ones who do not believe in giving up easy. The film however lacks the Entertainment quotient and becomes tedious in the middle. Watch it for the performances.

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance
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Directed By: Mukul Abhyankar
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Vikram Malhotra, Shri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit, Roopa Pandit
Cast: Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee, Annu Kapoor
Duration: 2 hours
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu, two of the greatest performers we have in the industry. Both of them are known for being a part of good cinema, and when these two are starring in a film we would surely expect the movie to be fantastic. Well, Manoj and Tabu have come together after a gap of 18 years on the big screen with ‘Missing’ which hits the screens on April 6, 2018.

‘Missing’ is about Sushant (Manoj), Aparna (Tabu) and Titli (Aparna’s 3-year-old daughter). They come to Mauritius via cruise, check into a hotel late night, and next morning Titli goes missing. And then starts the hunt for Titli and during this whole searching scenario, twists and turns take place.

First all of let me tell you that ‘Missing’ has a very good concept. It had a potential to be a very good suspense thriller, it had the potential to make you sit back and think that what would happen next, and it surely had the potential to be nail-biting. But, writer-director Mukul Abhyankar, unfortunately couldn’t deliver a good suspense-thriller here. I am not saying that there are no good twists and turns, but the way they appear on the screen they don’t look convincing to make us believe. The sequences that should have been the highlight look too dull here.

Another thing that doesn’t really impress us is that the movie is based in Mauritius, but from receptionists in the hotel to manager to the police officers everyone there is Indian, even the people staying in the hotel are Indians. UFF!

The biggest disappointments of the movie are, Manoj Bajpayee and Annu Kapoor. The former in the first half is not at all good. However, he manages to impress us in the second half. Talking about Annu Kapoor, he is a very senior actor, but his portrayal of police officer starts irritating us a bit after a point. I can’t blame the senior actor much for that as his character itself is not convincingly written.

The movie is saved by Tabu. The supremely talented actress does justice to her character and holds us throughout the film. What a brilliant performance!

Overall, ‘Missing’ is an unconvincing tale that leaves you with a lot of questions. Annu Kapoor mouths a dialogue again and again in the film, ‘Something is wrong’, and that’s what you will feel while watching the film.

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