Cast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa
Director: Laxman Utekar
A lady’s life is barely her personal. Her autonomy over her physique is most of the time decided by the setting round her. Society, socialisation, financial system and politics all decide the company a girl has over her physique.
In Mimi, a beautiful 25-year-old dancer has the autonomy to make the choice to develop into a surrogate to fund her Bollywood goals. However, her company over her personal physique ends the second the American couple who employed her abandon their plans. Mimi is then left to make the choice of what occurs to her and the kid in her womb.
While it’s a little disappointing that we already see all of that within the trailer, the second act takes the movie in a completely different course. We see Mimi, heartbroken over the betrayal and the apparent loss of her goals, resolve to finish her being pregnant and after giving start to the child, increase him as her personal.
Mimi, with its material, is clearly an emotional watch. The movie has a lot of coronary heart. It makes use of its characters in a option to evoke feelings from the viewers. However, that doesn’t salvage it from its misses.
For starters, Mimi is written as a journey for the protagonist who matures with duty. However, it comes throughout as a counterpoint to ambition. While Mimi’s goals would possibly look too massive to her mother and father and her society, they’re nonetheless legitimate and bonafide goals. But the makers deal with her as an air-head with no actual probability of conducting one thing. So when she has the child, it’s handled as a blessing that saved Mimi from a failed profession. It’s like ‘thank god the child made her develop up.’
The movie additionally tries to be woke however with no actual nuance to the problems it brings up. It’s a criticism of industrial surrogacy, how foreigners with a lot of cash exploit girls from third world nations the place surrogacy legal guidelines aren’t strict. However, it by no means actually exhibits us how race may be a massive half of this exploitation. The white couple will get its redemption arc. There is a lot of informal colourism within the movie, given how Mimi’s child is white. On the opposite hand, there are additionally undertones of white saviour advanced, how the choice made on the finish by the white girl decides Mimi and her son’s future.
Mimi presents itself as a woman-centric movie. However, Kriti Sanon’s character goes on an anti-abortion rant, saying that if killing a youngster out of the womb is flawed, so is killing the foetus. However, by doing so, Mimi not solely undermines the rights of girls who’ve their very own selection, however her fellow surrogates too, who’re in any other case trapped on this state of affairs.
Then there are a bunch of points which might be talked about however not explored. We see a actually skewed tackle incapacity. Adoption within the movie is tinged with the aforementioned white saviour advanced. (Garth Davis’ Lion is a good movie to observe on this matter). There can be an try to point out spiritual unity, however they find yourself perpetuating stereotypes.
The actors in Mimi are wonderful. This is definitely one of Kriti Sanon’s finest performances. Her laborious work exhibits, however sadly she is proscribed by the writing. Pankaj Tripathi is as ordinary the delight of the movie, and his character is the best-written by Utekar and Rohan Shankar.
Sai Tamhankar offers him a robust competitors. But her character is fairly half-baked. Manoj Pahwa and Supriya Pathak are underutilized, particularly the latter who in lots of scenes simply cries whereas Pahwa is delivering all of the dialogues. Evelyn Edwards and Aidan Whytock do sufficient with what they acquired.
In a nutshell, Mimi is a girls’s movie written by males. Having mentioned so, it additionally has its personal endearing moments. It can be fairly humorous in locations, with sure scenes getting their punchline proper. Watching Pankaj Tripathi work together with Manoj Pahwa and Supriya Pathak can be a delight.
Mimi dropped 4 days early earlier than its due date on Netflix and Jio Cinema. No hurt in giving it a watch.
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