Mimi is exactly a decade late to be called a Path-breaking film but surely provides a new start to Mainstream Bollywood Entertainers as a Worthy Adaptation.
Marathi movie ‘Mala Aai Vhaychay’ (2011) was made exactly a decade ago when Indian Cinema had not experienced any such stories on a taboo subject like Surrogacy. Samruddhi Porey’s conviction and non-filmy vision made that film a path-breaking classic. However, the range of Marathi Cinema was not that wide across the Nation and therefore such a great film remained unknown and less watched.
With Mimi, Laxman Utekar, himself a Marathi man, has provided a larger platform to the same story with enough filmy style additional changes. Mimi may not be that realistic and hard-hitting because of additional changes made in the main character of the film and also because it was a decade late but for someone who has not seen Mala Aai Vhaychay, this one is nothing less than a terrific emotional entertainer.
Mimi movie review: Plot and storyline
Mimi is a story of Mimi (Kriti Sanon), a beautiful girl and a dancer who dreams to become a Bollywood actress. A foreign couple is introduced to her by a driver (Pankaj Tripathi) who asks her to be a surrogate mother of their child for which she will be awarded Rs. 20 Lacs. Not aware of the importance of motherhood, Mimi agrees for the sake of money and gets pregnant but only to follow unexpected consequences of motherhood.
Mimi sees a lot of changes from the original Marathi flick as it creates a more family-friendly atmosphere around the main character. In the original one, we see the Mother literally fighting all alone and she looks realistic as her character is shown in a completely rural, uneducated fashion. Here, Mimi looks modern, smart, and more confident than her. The rest of the storyline remains the same, literally copy-paste and maybe that’s why there is a reason to call it a ‘Late Attempt’. The same story 7-8 years ago would have been a sensation.
Kriti Sanon who hasn’t got out of glamourous roles to date has finally managed to come out of it. Without any doubt, Mimi is her best performance to date. Pankaj Tripathi runs an absolute riot. He will make you laugh like never before. His screen space was quite lower in the films he has done before but Mimi finally gives him enough space to showcase his hilarious dialogue delivery throughout the film. Sai Tamhankar is the third-best performer in the film whereas the rest of the supporting cast is fine in their roles.
Mim movie review: Direction, music, and more
Music is highly engaging and supportive to the narrative as not a single song looks out of context and feels boring. Every song has a particular situation and importance of its own. Mimi is 10 minutes longer than expected but otherwise, the screenplay is very gripping. Technical aspects are fine with just one or two dull moments.
Laxman Utekar seems to have matured enough from his previous film ‘Luka Chuppi’. That film wasn’t anything fantastic and lacked quality writing too, so it wasn’t his fault actually. With Mimi, he got a strong script in his hands and he has written it too so he knew exactly where the execution can take it.
Most importantly he kept that pan-India humor alive. Mala Aai Vhayvhay was a pretty serious film on a sensitive issue whereas Mimi is far more funny and hilarious. It hurts the basics of the sensitive story but not that much. Utekar has already made a terrific emotional drama like ‘Tapaal’ in Marathi so all he needed was a great piece of writing. Luka Chuppi lacked it but not Mimi. He uses all his skills to make this story family-friendly and also adds enough commercial values.
Final words and rating
Overall, Mimi is a worthy adaptation to a path-breaking classic and yet another new ray of hope for mainstream Bollywood entertainers that lack socially important subjects.
Mimi stars Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Manoj Pahwa, and Supriya Pathak. It was all set to release on July 30 exclusively on Netflix and Jio Cinema. However, following an illegal leak, the makers released it officially at 6: 30 pm on Netflix and Jio Cinema.