Director: Laxman Utekar
OTT platform: Netflix
Cast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Evelyn Edwards, Aidan Whytock, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa
Bollywood is known for making remakes, some come out to be blockbusters but some face a low run. Now the audience will only decide the recently released Kriti Sanon’s Mimi falls in which category.
Mimi is a remake of Samruddhi Porey’s National Award-winning Marathi film Mala Aai Vhhaychy released in 2011. While the makers are quite late in raising their voice on the taboo topic but better late than never. The film has everything from emotions to laughter but it’s the typical Bollywood masala that overcooked the film at some point. We have seen many films based on the topic of surrogacy, Mimi offers nothing different.
Mimi is a story of a young girl played by Kriti Sanon who is from a small town in Rajasthan. Her dream is to become an actress in Bollywood. To achieve her dreams, she wants money to go to Mumbai and try her luck. Here enters the driver Bhanu Pratap Pandey played by Pankaj Tripathi. He meets a foreign couple who wants a surrogate. Bhanu convinces Mimi to do the job for the sake of the money. However, things turn upside down when the couple decided to not have the baby.
The makers have made severe changes in the main character to make it look more genuine. Mimi is shown more confident and is shown fighting the society all along.
Kriti Sanon is good with her overall efforts and performance. One can see her evolution from film to film. Pankaj Tripathi is as usual the star. There is no single doubt about his acting skills. Sai Tamhankar was good too in her part.
Filmmaker Laxman Utekar, who has also co-written the film has gone overboard with emotions, so much so that at one point it starts irritating you. However, apart from all, the epic dialogues and punches make you laugh at many points. The film takes us on a rollercoaster ride with some good and bad things.
The songs of the film work in the favor of the story. All songs are placed at the right place and fulfil the motive. The background score of the film is perfect too.
Overall the film is a genuine attempt that falls in the mud of over-enthusiasm. A one-time watch only for the sake of Pankaj Tripathi.