INDIA: Considered to be an official remake of Marathi film Mala Aai Vahhaychy! (2010), Mimi executes a different touch of family values in comparison to cliché Bollywood stories with similar emotional tone. Story centres on Mimi (Kriti Sanon), a local dancer who dreams of becoming a Bollywood celebrity. When Bhanu (Pankaj Tripathi) approaches her with a surrogacy offer, her world is turned upside down.
An American couple, John (Aiden Whytock) and Summer (Evelyn Edwards), who are unable to conceive, travel to Rajasthan in search of a surrogate mother. With the help of a local taxi driver, Bhanupratap Pandey they try to persuade Mimi, who they believe would be a perfect surrogate mother for their child.
Kriti Sanon as Mimi Rathore is an aspiring character throughout the film. In the beginning, she is quite serious about her dream, but her persona changes dramatically towards the conclusion. The writers have beautifully depicted the true feelings of sacrifice and what a mother’s sacrifice for her child entails with the help of her character. In the remainder of her film’s comparisons, this was Kirti Sanon’s strongest performance yet.
Bhanupratap Pandey, played by Pankaj Tripathi, is a fun-loving local driver. He’s the type of character who adheres to his words no matter what. His comic timing is impeccable, and his presence infuses the film with hilarity. In this film, Pankaj Tripathi as usual, does an excellent job portraying his character.
Mimi’s best friend, Shama, played by Sai Tamhankar, is one of the greatest supporting characters among Mimi’s parents. With the help of her character, the film effectively depicts the bond between two best friends. Her persona perfectly establish a social harmony which seems to be missing from modern Bollywood movies and which completely fits to today’s reality.
Mimi’s father, Mansingh Rathore, is played by Manoj Pahwa, and Mimi’s mother, Shobha Rathore,is played by Supriya Pathak. Both portray a powerful narrative of parents who are there for their children. They will always support their daughter, no matter what, from the greatest to the worst of times. Aiden Whytock’s portrayal of John and Evelyn Edwards’ portrayal of Summer brilliantly captures the atmosphere of a typical American couple.
The music in the film lends depth to the character’s emotions. Out of all the songs in the film, Kailash Kher’s “Choti Si Chiraiya” comforts the mind while also advancing the plot line. The cinematography is good, but there are a few nuances that enhance the film, such as a significant change in Mimi’s room throughout the plot.
The movie feels rushed until the final scene, and there are a few minor faults that could have been avoided completely. Regardless of that, this film has a wonderful mix of humour and emotional undertones. With its philosophical message, presenting the dark side of surrogacy this movie is must watch with family and friends.
Transcontinental Times rating: 4/5