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Thursday, July 6, 2017

MOM

Directed by: Ravi Udyawar

Produced by: Boney Kapoor, Sunil Manchanda, Naresh Agarwal, Mukesh Talreja and Gautam Jain

Screenplay by: Girish Kohli

Story by: Ravi Udyawar, Girish Kohli and Kona Venkat Rao

Starring: Sridevi, Adnan Siddiqui, Sajal Ali, Nawazuddin Siddiqui 
and Akshaye Khanna

Music by: A. R. Rahman

Cinematography: Anay Goswamy

Edited by: Monisha R. Baldawa


Production company: MAD Films and Third Eye Pictures
Distributed by: Zee Studio and Sridevi Productions
Release date: 7 July 2017

Story line: Mom narrates a cryptic thrilling story of Devki played by Sridevi who for some reasons shares a very ambiguous mysterious relationship with her daughter Arya. The aloofness between the two takes a new shape after an incident and Devki is left to choose from what’s wrong and what’s very wrong. Starring Sridevi in the lead as the mother, the film also stars Akshaye Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddique in pivotal roles.

Facts and figures:

  • Mom is Sridevi's 300th film and is being released in the 50th year of her film career.
  • The First Look of Mom was unveiled at the Zee Cine Awards 2017 by Salman Khan who hailed Sridevi on stage as "a bigger star than the Khans".
  • The Teaser of Mom acquired 1.2 million views on YouTube on the first day itself.
  • Mom was awarded U/A certification by the Central Board of Film Certification without any cuts


Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: 
Ravi Udyawar — artist, illustrator, ad filmmaker and now making his directorial debut with Sridevi- starrer ‘Mom

Remember “Dooba Dooba” from Silk Route’s album Boondein (1998)? The band’s lead singer and guitarist Mohit Chauhan have come a long way now as a playback singer. The video, said to be one of the first in the country to be shot underwater, was directed by Ravi Udyawar. “That video changed everything for me,” he reminisces. Ravi was 25 then.

A gold medalist in arts from JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, Ravi began his career as a painter and illustrator. His work stints include handling art direction and visualization at ad agencies, designing graphics for Channel V and MTV and eventually, directing ad films.

My Gut Feel and comments:

Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time.- Lex Luger (American retired professional wrestler)
It's difficult to predict exact story of MOM at this point of time, however, going by the trailer above mentioned seems true in the case of Sridevi’s character. She seems to be taking some harsh steps and might be going cold blooded to protect her family’s interest.

Ravi Udyawar with his directorial debut seems sharp and had come up with a fresh and interesting film plot. Sridevi is looking stunning and supporting cast covering Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna seems apt and impressive in their roles.

It took the director over two years to develop the final plot of the movie. In one of the interviews he had mentioned that it was the 18th draft that was finally approved by Boney Kapoor - the producer of the film.

Even with an interesting plot that captivates the audience’s attention, I feel it will be difficult for it to attract the mass audience. There would be a limited target audience appreciating a movie with a female protagonist in the lead. Although with Sridevi in the lead, her fans would be already looking forward to book their tickets. The complex story line will also attract another set of audiences to the cinema halls.

Going by my gut feel I am giving this movie 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, One day before the release.

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