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Film Review Mimi – A womb on Rent : Surprisingly dramatic with appalling contrast to Sara’s and Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam

Mimi, written and directed by Laxman Utekar and co-written by Rohan Shankar was released on 26th July on Netflix. It is a Hindi comedy-drama. tarring Kriti Sanon as Mimi, Pankaj Tripathi as Bhanu, Sai Thamhankar as Shama, Evelyn Edwards as Summer and Aidan Whytock as John in lead roles.

This film is the remake of the Marathi film Mala Aai Vhhaychy by Samruddhi Porey. In a nutshell, it ushers into the life of a young, unmarried Indian surrogate. She is abandoned by the biological parents of the baby during mid-pregnancy. The rest of the film is about how she and the middle man Bhanu deal with this predicament.

Without beating about the bush this comedy cum drama is a must-watch for everyone. It’s full family entertainment.

Mimi agrees to be a surrogate in exchange for Rs 20 lacs to an American couple. She decides to deliver the baby even when the biological parents change their mind out of fear of getting a disabled child. Initially, Mimi was devastated and feels cheated. But after taking the child in her arm, a teardrop appears on her cheek which conveys everything.

Being a mom without marriage in India is considered taboo so she has to lie to her parents that Bhanu is the father of the child.

The child born to Mimi is not only full of life but healthy too and this makes the biological parents claim for the custody of the child after a long hiatus of four years. But how all near and dear ones to Mimi stood in support to fight for her is really worth watching and what Mimi does to counter is worth watching for.

All characters in the film are perfectly placed and done justice to their roles especially Pankaj Tripathi and Kriti Sanon breathe life into their respective characters. The socio-cultural and religious connotations were harmoniously depicted in the film. AR Rehman’s music is quite soothing to the ears which connect well with the storyline.

Surrogacy is still a very complex issue to understand by the downtrodden and patriarchal society in India. In a country where life is still a struggle for millions patriarchy and its alter ego religion clutches the women in its trap. It puts them in extreme moral and emotional states and have to live with it.

Rima Kallingal and Jithin Puthencherry in Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam Image courtesy: Pinklungi

Films like Sara’s and Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam has tried to portray the same complex issues. They emphasised the fact that women too have their own thoughts, emotions and fear of being left out. She should be the one where the centre of power and decision making must always lie.

The movie Mimi is good in all respect but one. It disappoints to bring a new perspective towards women, their dreams and ambitions. Rather it gives an age-old message of sacrificing their dreams altogether for the sake of responsibilities. But still, it’s a must-watch.

AND TO SUM UP DIALOGUE OF SHAMA FROM THE FILM MIMI STILL RESONATES WITH ME:

“Hum jo sochte hain wo zindagi nahi hoti, humare sath jo hota hai wo zindagi hoti hai”

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