MOM Movie Review
Writer & Director : Ravi Udyawar
Producer : Boney Kapoor, Sunil Manchanda, Naresh Agarwal, Mukesh Talreja, Gautam Jain
Cast : Sridevi, Adnan Siddiqui, Sajal Ali, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna
Music : A.R Rahman
Cinematography : Anay Goswamy
Editor : Monisha R. Baldawa
Production company : MAD Films, Third Eye Pictures
Running Time : 147 mins
For the first time, she utters ‘Mom’ and you’ll be petrified with Sridevi gesture, where she elusively stuck between her inherent innocence and staunchest vengeance with the unsparing motive. A simple word to delineate Sridevi starrer ‘MOM’ directed by Ravi Udhyawar is its fervent faithfulness to its main plot not getting diluted by unwanted elements. 10 minutes into the film, we’re commuted straight into the conflict zone between a kind-hearted Sridevi and her adolescent step-daughter who keeps calling her ‘MAM’. Another 10 minutes, we are exposed to some gruesome moments, where the aerial shot of a moving car over the midnight halts and we see the teen girl thrown into gutter. For the next 90 minutes, it’s a complete engrossment, most of the times indulging us with more lumps in throats that diminishes our ability to sit back and clap.
The ferventness of filmmaker Ravi and screenwriter Girish Kohli to the plot keeps it all going, though there are few places, where cinematic shades eclipse what could have been yet more realistically. For the ones from South Indian film buff league, we are very much used to certain dramas like ‘Drishyam’ and Mammootty-Nayantara starrer ‘Puthiya Niyamam’, which exactly reflects a strong reflection of revenge seeking women.
The sequences during the second half, especially the exotically cruel methodology of Apple seed poisons and the tricks played by the protagonist have been very well etched. Nevertheless, the climax should have got its similar treatment, where there could have been no need for the scores to be settled with fists of anger.
If you’re keen on getting to know about the scrutinizing efforts that have been exerted by the actors, just a single scene is more than enough. The painful outburst of Sridevi on knowing about the cruelty upon her daughter, the scene where the daughter screams out panicking out of trauma on her father’s shoulder. Nawazuddin Siddiqui just glimpsing on his daughter and Akshay Khanna giving his last verdict “When you do something, do it through right means” and these are the most fascinating brilliant flashes.
Over the top of all the best points, it’s the musical score by AR Rahman, which is much more unparalleled than his background score for some of the Hollywood movies. He has breathed soulfully throughout the film with his magnetizing score.