– By Reema Chhabda
A decade ago, the Marathi film Mala Aai Vhaychay (2011), directed by Samruddhi Porey, was released. It was named Best Feature Film in Marathi at the National Film Awards. It addressed the controversial topic of foreigners employing Indian females as surrogate mothers, and it was said to be based on a true story. Mimi is the film’s official Hindi remake.
Mimi (Kriti Sanon) works as a street dancer in a town near Jaipur. She works as a traditional dancer in five-star hotels and aspires to one day make it big in Hollywood. Bhanu Pratap (Pankaj Tripathi), a driver, approaches her one day with a proposal. John (Aidan Whytock) and Summer (Evelyn Edwards), an American couple, want to recruit Mimi as a surrogate mother and are willing to pay her 20 lakhs.
She accepts the proposition, believing that she will be able to settle in Mumbai and fulfill her Bollywood passion. For a while, everything appears to be in order. She deceives her parents into believing she has landed an acting position on a cruise ship and goes to Shama’s house (Sai Tamhankar). The Americans appoint Bhanu to be her guardian.
However, when John and Summer discover that she may not be having a regular baby, they flee, leaving her alone. Mimi’s parents are also informed about her pregnancy. Despite this, she decides to keep the kid, and gradually, everyone accepts her decision. However, John and Summer return four years later to claim their baby Raj (Jacob Smith).
Laxman Utekar appears to have grown up since his previous film, “Luka Chuppi,” which wasn’t particularly good. He had a solid script in his hands with Mimi, and he had written it himself, so he knew exactly where the execution could go.
Most importantly, he maintained the pan-India humor. Mala Aai Vhayvhay was a serious movie about a sensitive subject, whereas Mimi is far more lighthearted and amusing. It undermines the sensitive story’s foundations, but not too severely.
Kriti Sanon, who has struggled to break free from glitzy roles in the past, has finally done it. Mimi is without a doubt her best performance. Pankaj Tripathi is a riot to watch. He’ll make you laugh like you’ve never laughed before. In previous films, his screen time was limited, but Mimi finally provides him enough room to demonstrate his funny dialogue delivery throughout the film. The film’s third-best performance is Sai Tamhankar, while the rest of the supporting ensemble does a good job in their roles.
Not a single song appears out of context or feels uninteresting, making the music incredibly entertaining and supportive of the story. Every song has its own unique setting and significance.
Mimi takes a timely topic and weaves it into a fascinating, uplifting, and compassionate story about society and motherhood, making it a total family entertainer.