The recent OTT-released film ‘Mimi’ is receiving a lot of admiration from the audience for portraying the complex subject of surrogacy in a nuanced way.
In the film, Kriti Sanon plays the role of a dancer who agrees to be a surrogate mother to an American couple in exchange for Rs 20 lakh. The film is an adaptation of the Marathi film ‘Mala Aai Vhhaychy’ (I want to be a mother), which was released in 2010.
Before Mimi, several other Bollywood movies have also dealt with the concept of surrogacy.
IANS takes a look at the other Hindi movies that address the topic of surrogacy:
The 2019 film ‘Good Newzz’ is a dramatic comedy based on the concept of in vitro fertilization. Starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani, and Diljit Dosanjh, this is a fun exchange that occurs when the two couples attempt surrogacy. Directed by Raj Mehta, the film revolves around two couples with the same last names seeking IVF and waiting for their next babies. However, problems arise when they discover that each partner’s sperm has mixed with the other’s.
Shoojit Sircar’s romantic comedy ‘Vicky Donor’, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam with Annu Kapoor in a pivotal role, is a story about the daring adventures of a sperm donor. Launched in 2012, the concept is set in the context of sperm donation and infertility within a Bengali-Punjabi household. Ayushmann’s character broke many stereotypes by playing the role of an enormously fertile sperm donor.
In Onir’s critically acclaimed anthology ‘I Am’, a segment titled ‘I Am Afia’ deals with the subject of surrogacy. Starring Nandita Das and Purab Kohli, the film was released in 2010. The film portrays a single woman who wishes to be a mother but is afraid of how society will treat her unconventional journey. Unable to trust or even wait for a man, her search is defined with her identity completed through the unique female experience of motherhood.
Meghna Gulzar, daughter of lyricist Gulzar and actress Raakhee, made her directorial debut with ‘Filhaal’ in 2002. The film was ahead of its time when romantic genres were only accepted in Bollywood. Meghna boldly took on the delicate subject of surrogacy in a tender way. The film offers a nuanced description of the surrogacy process, and at the same time shows how all this complicates interpersonal relationships and how motherhood affects women. Tabu and Sushmita Sen are seen in powerful roles as best friends who are always there for each other. Although Tabu is unable to conceive due to birth complications, Sushmita offers to be her surrogate mother. As the movie progresses, it shows conflicts between the two best friends.
‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’
Starring Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, and Preity Zinta in the lead roles, this film reached a wider audience due to the multi-star cast and commercial viability. Directed by Abbas-Mustan, released in 2001, the film takes a melodramatic approach to surrogacy, while the emphasis of its story is having a biological child. A married couple hires a sex worker to be their child’s surrogate mother. However, things become difficult for the couple when the prostitute falls in love with the husband and insists on keeping the baby. The film was inspired by the story of ‘Doosri Dulhan’, one of the first films made about surrogacy.
This 1983 movie was ahead of its time. The film revolves around a childless couple who hire a sex worker to carry their child. Directed by Lekh Tandon, the film had popular actors Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, and Victor Banerjee in the lead roles. The film was not well accepted at the box office, as it would be if it were released now. In the film, a childless couple bring a sex worker home to bear a child. The film was inspired by the American film ‘The Baby Maker’.
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