"I've enjoyed all my songs but remember these two in particular because I was really unwell when we were filming them, burning with fever but they turned out well", she shares.
Sridevi who is the main protagonist of the film and plays the title role is of course the show-stealer. She delivers her part with solemn gusto. One of her daughters gets gang-raped brutally and no justice will be done after approaching the court.
She points out that you find incredible strength when your child is in trouble and you wonder if there are any real life parallels. That is, films like Zakhmi Aurat (1988), where the woman is battered and bruised by goons but literally rises from the ashes to teach her wrongdoers a lesson. Sajal Ali, who plays her daughter, deserves a special nod for holding her own in front of such a stalwart. But one can not help noticing that she is Pakistan's Kareena Kapoor in the making. She has absorbed the role of a mother so deep in herself that we forget at a moment that she isn't the one we're seeing on the screen. He, as usual, is his best. Nawazuddin, Akshaye Khanna, Abhimanyu Singh and Pitobash Tripathy will also appear in the key roles along with Sridevi.
But this is a Sridevi film in which the camera refuses to let go of her. Director Ravi Udyawar forgot that while Sridevi can make a weakly scripted film watchable, she cannot make it great.
"Galat and bahut mein se aap kya chunoge" is the premise of which director Ravi Udyawar seems to have taken to while conceiving the story of Mom. The relationship between the two is uneasy at best- not because it's organic but because the director/writers willed it so. But analyzing his contribution to Devki's revenge, he's playing the "Wazir" in the movie. There are scenes where he has taken the show away from Sridevi - and that is no mean ask I tell you.
As soon as Sridevi takes centre stage, all hell breaks loose (in a good way) - for the histrionics at display and for the audience who is hooked and hypnotised by that trembling accented voice and the easy switching of emotions from the vulnerable mother to the determined, steely person who takes revenge.
Another loophole is the way in which Jagan back-tracks a technically-savvy DK and kills him.
There's a lot that's contrary in the film including the detective's secret involvement and the cop-out at the end. It gets more unsafe when a film allows the magnetism of an actor to overshadow the deeper horrors of rape. Matthew goes after the family to the hill-station (where they have finally gone on Arya's dream vacation) as the criminal is after Devaki and Arya.
Devaki (Sridevi) is struggling to get the approval of her teenage daughter Arya (Sajal Ali), while the father (Adnan Siddiqui), provider of expensive gifts, has no such problems.
Women-centric films in Bollywood might create a stir in the society but have always worked out well when it comes to box-office results.
Mom, the talented Sridevi's 300th film, is tailored for her.