Movie Review: Mimi
Directed by Dinesh Vijan, Mimi has been released four days ahead of its scheduled release date. Nonetheless, Mimi starts on a lighthearted drama about surrogacy and ends on an emotional note. It effectively conveys the message that you don’t need to give birth to be a parent. The film is a remake of a National Award Winning Marathi Film, Mala Aai Vhhaychy that was released in the year 2011. To see if Mimi was able to recreate the same magic as the original is a little tricky decision to make.
The film does revolve around a taboo topic – Surrogacy, however, the makers went ‘too Bollywood’ with the film, and it became too melodramatic, at least beyond what we could take.
Mimi is the story of a young girl (Kriti Sanon) from Rajasthan who has dreams of becoming an actress in Bollywood and needs money to try her luck in the industry. However, her life turns upside down when she meets a foreign couple who wants her to be a surrogate mother for INR 20 lakh. Mimi is entirely unaware of what surrogacy is until Bhanu Pratap Pandey (Driver) explains her about it. Well, Mimi agrees to do so for the sake of the money. What follows is a roller-coaster and emotional ride showcasing Mimi’s pregnancy. Well, Laxman Utekar, who has co-written the film, wanted to really touch the hearts of the Indian audience, and therefore, he went overboard with emotions so much so that it became annoying.
We have seen the Kriti Sanon-Pankaj Tripathi Magic in Bareilly Ki Barfi, and the only good thing that keeps you glued to the screen is whenever both share the screen together in the film. Whenever you see Tripathi playing his field, you get your fair share of humour. The screenplay is a little confusing as it keeps getting good to bad simultaneously every 10 minutes. At one point, you’d think Mimi has the potential, and the next minute, you are just sitting scratching your head.
While the songs go with the storyline, they aren’t that good to leave a long-lasting impact. Mimi deserves all the credits when it comes to starting a conversation about surrogacy and playing with a taboo topic, but sometimes you don’t need to shout to prove your opinion, which clearly proves what went wrong with Mimi. The film tries to make it too entertaining and emotional and loses a great opportunity. If you don’t mind melodrama, you can definitely give Mimi one watch!
Mimi is streaming on Netflix.
Check out the trailer here: