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“MOM” is a gripping thriller!

Despite all its screenplay flaws and predictable content, MOM makes sure it keeps you engrossed with its brisk narrative and extremely believable performances from its lead cast. While you may have seen similar revenge dramas before, this one will still absorb you, for its treatment is nothing like you’ve seen before. Totally watchable!

The story revolves around Devki (Sridevi), a loving wife and mother of two beautiful daughters who seemingly has a perfect happy family, yet somehow true happiness of being a mother eludes her. Arya (Sajal Ali), her step daughter, believes that a daughter comes into a mother's life, but a mother cannot enter that of a daughter. Devki patiently waits for Arya's love and acceptance as she believes only a mother can truly understand the silence of her child. However, an unfortunate incident widens the distance between Arya and Devki, to a point of no return. In such a situation, a mother has to make a choice - not between "what is wrong or right', but between 'what is wrong and very wrong."

One of the primary intentions of this film was perhaps to reflect on the abstruse feeling of a Mother for her child. Frankly, the film never delves deep into that zone and ends being a film that can hold the attention of its viewers for 2.5 hours. In a way that’s good, as it pleases the general audience at large. Even the psychological layers that emerge when you see a family coping up with a rape incident, are missing. As a thriller too, the script has some gaping holes that do pinch you if you’re really watching it closely. While you do long for such elements in a film like this, it is never really upsetting here, as the narrative unfolds at such an absorbingly quick pace, that you’re glued to the screen throughout.

Apart from the engaging screenplay, you have the terrific background score from Rahman and a top-class filming quality as its other huge positives. The treatment of the subject is refreshingly light-handed and the production values are great too. The main draw are the excellent performances. Sridevi is as natural as it gets and the veteran of nearly 300 films, stays inspiringly consistent right from the first frame, till the last. Her exceptional act is the major saving grace in this film fraught with flaws. The Pakistani actress Sajal Ali, surprisingly matches step with the great Sridevi herself and brings out an applause-worthy act. Her layered performance brings the much-needed soul to the film. Another Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui, playing the doting father and loving husband, does a solid job, in a role that renders firm support to the strong female characters in the film. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is as usual great and you have another very fine actor in Akshaye Khanna dong what he does best.

To sum up, MOM is a film that packs a solid punch with its entertainment value, and notwithstanding all the faults in its plot, the film is consistently watchable! Caution: Some scenes in the film may be a little disturbing for kids.

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