Mimi Movie Review Rating: 4/5 stars (four stars)
Star cast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, Akash Solanki, Evelyn Edwards, Aidan Whytock
Director: Laxman utekar
Available in: Netflix
What is good: Finally, a movie about OTT that won’t cause you to keep track of how much time is left for this to end.
What is bad: Ends…
Loo Break: Only at the risk of missing a heartbreaking dialogue / scene from Pankaj Tripathi or a snippet of Kriti Sanon’s remarkable performance.
To look or not ?: I watched this with my 76 year old grandmother and she approved that any human being alive could see it
It follows the story of a couple from the US, Summer (Evelyn Edwards) and John (Aidan Whytock), who are looking for a healthy Indian woman to be their replacement prospect. Their host, Bhanu (Pankaj Tripathi), helps them meet the perfect girl for the job, Mimi (Kriti Sanon). They decide to pay Mimi a considerable sum in exchange for being a surrogate mother to them.
Dodging some obstacles, Mimi decides to do this for her dream of becoming a Bollywood star. In an unfortunate twist of the story, the couple ends up taking no responsibility for the child, leaving Mimi in a state of emotional turmoil. Would she keep the child or abort it as suggested by the couple? That is the foundation on which the sublime drama is built at the time of the second half.
Mimi Movie Review: Script Analysis
Based on the Marathi film story Mala Aai Vhhaychy (Samruddhi Porey’s story), director and writer Laxman Utekar (story co-written with Roshan Shankar) creates this puzzlingly tangled den of emotions that revolves around a central plot. This time, Utekar extremes the emotional end of the spectrum, finding a middle ground that surpasses his imperfect and heavy Lukka Chhupi. In just over 120 minutes, the world of Mimi begins, a contrasting journey of a couple who are emotionally inclined to have a child, but the protagonist is alone for the money, leading to the emotional growth of an aspiring actress who it becomes an unexpected one. mother.
It is the script by Utekar & Roshan Shankar that helps create a world for this dramaturgy to jump seamlessly from one sequence to another. Utekar had his bag full of ammunition (actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Manoj Pahwa, Supriya Pathak) and could have easily created a ‘comic’ explosion. Still, take a less traveled route with Mimi. Backed up by a magical score (more on this below) by Rahman, Utekar focuses intensely on emotions at the risk of swapping humor with narrative. This is a similar template followed by Amar Kaushik in Bala, but with unbridled humor and here, Utekar has the lead in emotions, music.
Because we crave good comedy so much, I’m not really sure how many of you would welcome the option of exchanging Pankaj Tripathi’s tongue-in-cheek humor with drama. I’m not complaining at all about how satisfying it is to see Mimi at the end. Akash Agarwal’s camera work gives the images a cool, nonchalant vibe. Manish Pradhan’s punctual edition leaves no clutter.
Mimi movie review: star performance
This is Kriti Sanon’s ‘Badhaai Ho’ moment and my adoration for her during Panipat forces me to yell at everyone ‘I told you so’. In the phase of becoming a character, Kriti sheds all inhibitions to rise up and shine as Mimi. She checks all the boxes, from the talk to the walk of her character standing (literally) in front of stalwarts like Pankaj, Sai, Supriya, and Manoj. She dominates not only the peculiar side of Mimi but also the more human, strengthening the connection with the viewers.
Pankaj Tripathi makes things seem so easy that it’s not even fun anymore. It’s getting out of hand how this person can literally take a single expression and make people laugh for it. You have reached a level where all you need to do is appear on the screen. Not only does he rule the sequences he’s a part of, he also creates a certain sense of ‘joy’ throughout the film every time. Creates a sense of security that things cannot go wrong when on screen. This is another eclectic addition to the streak of memorable performances.
Because of the talent that Sai Tamhankar possesses, he stands out brilliantly in the sea of solid performances. Despite the limited space on the screen, Sai performs a determined act. Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa are most affected by Laxman Utekar heading towards drama and not comedy. They could have been more useful if this had taken the ‘Bullet’ route. Here, they serve the half-hearted purpose of their characters, but that’s not enough for the endless stream of talent they behold.
Akash Solanki plays the role of Kriti’s younger brother, and one can see how Utekar writes this in the vein of Shardul Rana from Badhaai Ho (Ayushmann Khurrana’s younger brother in the movie). Unfortunately, Akash doesn’t get enough money to be as shocking as Shardul was. Evelyn Edwards as Summer gives a spectacular performance, one of the best of the foreigners in Hindi cinema. He took a Hindi learning course for his role and does a superb job without anyone telling him his lines. Aidan Whytock as Summer’s husband John is almost acceptable.
Mimi Movie Review: Direction, Music
Laxman Utekar does a moving job of combining clever humor with well-written drama. The visible clarity in her vision of the narrative treatment helps create a poignant connection to Mimi’s story. She wants you to be emotionally involved in the protagonist, but she also wants you to laugh out loud at the peculiar situations in her life.
AR Rahman is the ‘MVP’ of this talented team that injects soul into the drama written by Laxman Utekar and Rohan Shankar. This once again demonstrates how a good background score and songs have the power to elevate the feel of any movie. Yes, Mimi wouldn’t have been as exciting as she is without Rahman. Straight from an Imtiaz Ali movie, ‘Rihaayi De’ is still my favorite track of all, and the way Utekar uses it to climax makes it even more special.
Mimi Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Mimi is the biggest surprise of the year. Mixed with a terrific acting, a lighthearted and emotional story, Rahman’s relaxing opera, Sanon’s best act of career, and Tripathi being classic for the umpteenth time, Mimi is a delightful mix of humor and emotion.
Mimi Releases July 26, 2021.
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