20 years ago, the CHORI CHORI CHUPKE CHUPKE by Abbas-Mustan  He introduced viewers to the concept of surrogacy and generalized it. Later, some movies touched on this concept as well, but none were memorable. Now, Maddock Films and Dinesh Vijan’s Jio Studios have created another film on this topic. Titled MIMI, the trailer for the film looked promising and viewers were hoping to see it on July 30, the day it was released. However, the movie was leaked and therefore the movie was released online today. So does MIMI manage to entertain and touch viewers’ hearts? Or is it not impressive? Let’s analyze.
MIMI is the story of a girl who decides to become a surrogate mother. It is the year 2013. Mimi Mansingh Rathore (Kriti Sanon) resides in a small town in Rajasthan. She dreams of becoming an actress and moving to Mumbai. He is in contact with a man named Jolly (Nadeem Khan), who works in movies. He asks her to move to Mumbai and pay him a few lakhs to finish his portfolio and even shoot a music video. Mimi is not that rich and therefore she is trying to save. To win, he does dance shows. At one of those shows, a foreign couple Summer (Evelyn Edwards) and John (Aidan Whytock) see her. They have been in India for a year to find a surrogate mother, as Summer is unable to conceive. They are looking for a fit and healthy girl and when they see Mimi, they realize that she is fit to have their child. They tell their driver, Bhanu Pratap (Pankaj Tripathi) to convince her. In return, they promise to pay you Rs. 5 lakhs for Bhanu. Bhanu agrees. He also manages to convince Mimi, especially when they tell her that they would pay her Rs. 20 lakhs. Mimi accepts surrogacy, but realizes that she will have to hide her pregnancy from her parents, Mansingh Rathore (Manoj Pahwa) and Shobha (Supriya Pathak). So, he lies to them saying that he got a role in a movie for which he has to move to Mumbai immediately. She moves to the residence of her friend, Shama (Sai Tamhankar). Bhanu also moves in with her and pretends to be her husband. Mimi gets pregnant and everything is fine. A few months later, Summer and John perform tests showing that the child in Mimi’s womb would be born with Down syndrome. Summer and John are devastated with this development. They conclude that they did not sign up for this. They tell Bhanu to inform Mimi that she must abort the child. Without knowing her, they leave for their country, the United States. Mimi is devastated to learn of his behavior. With no choice, he returns home. His parents are obviously shocked. Mimi lies that Bhanu is the father of the child. Mansingh and Shobha are obviously not happy with the development, but they accept it. Finally, 9 months pass and Mimi gives birth to a boy. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.
The story of Laxman Utekar and Roshan Shankar is inspired by a Marathi movie MALA AAI VHHAYCHY [2011; written by Samruddhi Porey]. The plot is entertaining and moving and has all the makings of a family entertainer. Laxman Utekar and Roshan Shankar’s script is very effective. The writers pepper the narrative with some very impressive sequences that keep the interest alive. Also, in most of the movie, there is a lot of humor. Therefore, it attracts audiences of all kinds. Roshan Shankar’s dialogues are one of the best things about the company. The dialogue is hilarious and very well written and contributes greatly to the movie’s entertainment quotient.
Laxman Utekar’s management is excellent. In his last outing, LUKA CHUPPI , the execution was a bit shaky. But here, he seems to have a firm grip. The movie revolves around motherhood and surrogacy, which are serious issues. However, it manages to add humor very convincingly and does not poke fun at the sensitive subjects the film deals with. Also, it is commendable how well it can change the tone of the movie from funny to serious and back to funny. Mimi’s journey from aspiring actress to down-to-earth mother is appropriately shown. Laxman Utekar also deserves brownie points for dealing with the various dynamics and relationships shown in the film. In this sense, the character of Bhanu Pratap stands out. The way he stands firm as a rock with Bhanu, including his wife Rekha (Atmaja Pandey), is comforting. On the other hand, the movie gets a bit longer towards the second half. Also, the ending is too sudden and also predictable.
MIMI begins with a great note that clearly explains the concept of surrogacy. Mimi’s entry is quick. The way Mimi accepts surrogacy is great. The scene in which Dr. Asha Desai (Jaya Bhattacharya) announces that Mimi is pregnant is touching and it is here that the audience realizes that the film will even mark emotionally. The hint of Mimi and Bhanu pretending to be a Muslim couple will surely be loved. The surprise falls when Summer and John flee. But the creators don’t let the movie get serious and soon, the clue of Bhanu pretending to be the boy’s father is infused and adds to the fun. The scene where Rekha and Bhanu’s mother Kainkayi (Nutan Surya) create a scene where they assume that Bhanu got married a second time will surely bring down the house. The last 30 minutes are pretty serious and are sure to get the onlookers’ eyes wet.
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Speaking of performances, Kriti Sanon delivers a very entertaining performance. She is the only protagonist of the film in some way and takes responsibility very well. This is surely his most successful performance and he will surely gain recognition from all sectors. Pankaj Tripathi is in his prime. No other actor could have done this role so well. He has done several memorable performances, but surely this is one of the best. Sai Tamhankar provides capable support and makes a big mark as a caring friend. Evelyn Edwards and Aidan Whytock are effective. Jacob Smith (Raj) is very cute and adds a lot to the movie in the second half. Manoj Pahwa and Supriya Pathak are excellent as always. Atmaja Pandey and Nutan Surya are great in a small role. Jaya Bhattacharya is fair. Sheikh Ishaque Mohammad (Aatif) adds to the humor. Nadeem Khan is fine
AR Rahman’s music is average and could have been better. ‘Stop Sudnari’ it works and is well choreographed. ‘Aane Ko Hai Mehmaan’, ‘Fuljadi’ Y ‘Rihaayi De’ they are fine while ‘Choti Si Chiraiya’ is playing. AR Rahman’s background music enhances the emotions depicted in the film. Akash Agarwal’s cinematography is top-notch and the sights of Rajasthan are well captured. Sheetal Sharma costumes are elegant yet earthy. Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray’s production design is attractive but also looks real. The Manish Pradhan edit is fine.
Overall, MIMI is a moving saga, aimed at families, and one that will keep the audience thoroughly entertained. If it had been released in theaters, it had a good chance of becoming a hit. Highly recommended.