Release Date: July 07, 2017
Cast: Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Adnan Siddiqui, Abhimanyu Singh, Sajal Ali
Director: Ravi Udyawar
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Duration: 2 hours 26 minutes
Post the unimaginable gruesomeness witnessed in Nirbhaya’s case that would even make the devil cringe, a lot many movies have explored the subject in recent times. Mom is yet another reminder that the times and the country and the cities we live in are host to some really dark, cruel minds that have the capability and the willingness to cause indescribable suffering. The topic has not lost its relevance since Nirbhaya like cases have not stopped even after the harshest punishment of death sentence has been handed to the perpetrators involved in Nirbhaya case.
Devki Sabarwal (Sridevi) is a well-settled biology teacher living blissfully with her husband Anand (Adnan) and their daughter Arya (Sajal Ali). The only glitch in their life is the standoffish relationship that Arya shares with her stepmom Devki. However, this friction in relations has been portrayed in a positive manner in the movie and it shows the efforts of a mother to understand the teen rather that to make her understand. However, things change when Arya is sexually assaulted by Jagan (Abhimanyu Singh) and his gang. The incident shatters the perfect world of Devki and now she has to decide whether to wait for justice through legal means or take the law in her own hands to avenge the perpetrators.
Even when the story appears to be a standard revenge story, you will be surprised by its various interesting twists and turns. The focus of the movie is on the strength of character displayed by Devki (Sridevi). Equally engaging are the performances by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays a private detective and Akshaye Khanna, who plays a tough cop, always hot on the trail of the vigilantes. Sajal Ali has also delivered a good performance in her debut Bollywood movie. Credit also goes to A R Rahman’s background score for ensuring the chill factor in the movie.
If you want to explore the complex emotions that a mother has and what she is capable of when she is wronged, you would definitely want to book your tickets for Mom.