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

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

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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

MOM movie review

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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My Birthday Song movie review: Has its moments of density among abruptions

Directed By: Samir Soni
Produced By: Samir Soni, Sanjay Suri
Cast: Nora Fatehi, Sanjay Suri, Zenia Starr, Ayaz Khan
Duration: 1 Hours 36 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

‘My Birthday Song’. That’s a bit too poetic for a psychological thriller. As if, a little less rasping. As if a bit mellifluous. Albeit, it gives hints of a birthday going eventful, probably in the wrong way.

Actor Samir Soni delves into making films with this one and opts for a genre that’s not yet prevalent in mainstream Hindi films. Does he succeed? Yes, and no.

Rajiv Kaul (Sanjay Suri), an ad-man with a neat house, a beautiful wife and two happy children, is like how those happy men in TV ads look. His postcard-ish life, however, is in for a hurricane one night. As he rings in his 40th birthday with a cosy party sans his wife at his residence, he meets Sandy (Nora Fatehi). And a romantic hiccup is assumed.

“Do you cheat?”, whispers Sandy. “Depends on whether it’s worth cheating for,” smiles Rajiv. I am smirking as they make out through a chain of sequences, actually beautiful to look at. A minute later. Sandy lies in a pool of blood, dead. Boom.

There begins the story. Rajiv wakes up on his birthday, to a cleanly done room with no blood and no trace of Sandy and thinks of it as a bad dream. But every tiny thing that he saw in his ‘dream’, starts coming true. And oh, the birthday party is tonight. Hence, the misfortune is supposed to happen tonight too!

Through the next hour, We’ve Rajiv running around like a possessed person, trying to set things right as if he has foreseen the future. Does he? Does he not?

Before we start analysing, ‘My Birthday Song’ had the ingredients of becoming so much more than what it is. It is a technically strong film with a potentially powerful story. Soni, who can’t escape glitches here and there, came up with a decent first attempt. At one point, the tense gets dense, and we start wondering if the characters we are witnessing are at all there, or are surreal. But surrealism is where it goes wrong as well.

After a few shifts between reality and surrealism, the thin line disappears and it is difficult to figure out which course is it following. Probably to make it psychologically tickling, Soni has added elements of hallucination, which is justified. But it is also necessary to place hallucinatory events in a way that they don’t disrupt a story’s rationality. Here, that happens.

Since the film majorly banks upon its events and not the number of characters, it is mostly shouldered on Sanjay. The intention was probably to allow us to sync in the uncertainity. But it results in the film losing pace.

Barring that, ‘My Birthday Song’ has its moments of cinematic expertise. Sanjay Suri is a delight to watch and Nora Fatehi is decent in her shoes. Australian beauty Queen Zenia Starr steps into Bollywood with this one, and will probably stay. I also like how the director’s approach is to move the viewers with subtlety. And I admit, it brings end with a climax I had never even imagined.

To watch or not? The call is yours.

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1921 movie review : Less spooky, more comical...

Directed By: Vikram Bhatt
Produced By: LoneRanger Productions
Cast: Zareen Khan and Karan Kundrra
Duration: 2 Hours 24 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1.5/5

Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has given us some good horror cinema in the form of the ‘Raaz’ franchise, so one would have high hopes from the director from his newly released horror flick ‘1921’. This fresh series is nowhere close to the last ‘1920’ series which was a decent horror fest.

To start with, the story begins with a young man named Ayush (played by Karan Kundrra) who shifts to London to learn music and works as a caretaker in a huge palace. Those times were all about royal palaces right? It’s barely been a month and the man with a penchant to heal through his musical skills starts experiencing paranormal activities in the house. So, he decides to seek help from a psychic medium named Rose, played by Zareen Khan who too is mesmerised by his music. The beautiful lady has earned this special power to communicate with ghosts through her late mother, or so she claims.

Together, they decide to unravel the mystery of finding the adhoori ichcha of the evil spirit looming freely in the house. Since this is the first evil spirit that Rose has ever encountered , the task is way too tougher for her than it seems. Will they succeed or they will succumb to spooky ghost? It is something you discover when you sit through two hours of mindlessness.

As simple as the story seems to be, the plot gets confusing and too boring with every progressing scene. The horror scenes are forced and predictable and even evoke laughter many a times. You know that something spooky awaits you in the next scene and you’re all prepared for it and more than getting scared, it makes you laugh out loud. The loud and spooky background music on every second scene just doesn’t help the immensely boring plot which tries its level best to scare you off your seats. Forced elements of romance between the protagonists makes it even more worse and to add to it, a dozen romantic songs to enchant the viewers which are more irritating than interesting.

We’ve seen romance in various movies but when the lead actors break into a romantic song after every four scenes, it somewhere starts scaring you, making you wonder as to where exactly the story is headed towards. And to add to all the agony, the ending will leave you cringing heavily because you wouldn’t really know what just happened.

Moral: Two good looking actors Alone can’t save the fate of a horror movie with their love story.

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