Surrogacy is a process where infertile couple and woman (the surrogate) will carry a baby through pregnancy on behalf of a couple and then return the baby to the intended parent(s) once it is born. While only few Bollywood films like Filhaal (2002) and Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001) have explored the complex theme, Mimi takes a step ahead with right message and in right direction
Set in the town of Rajasthan, Mimi tells the story of a dancer (Kriti Sanon) who wants to rule the Bollywood one day. Her aspiration takes a different direction when a local cabbie, Bhanu Pratap Panday (Pankaj Tripathi) contacts her to become the surrogate mother to an American couple (Evelyn Edwards and Aidan Whytock) who are desperate to have a baby. Lured by huge sum of money, Mimi readily accepts the offer only to find that her to-be-born child is suffering from down syndrome.
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Directed by Laxman Utekar (Luka Chuppi), Mimi is based on acclaimed Marathi film ‘Mala Aai Vhhaychy!’ by Samruoddhi Porey. Mimi opens on a pleasant note with Pankaj Tripathi’s typical comic act where he gives his best to convince Mimi to be the surrogate mother for the American couple. Introduction song of Kriti Sanon followed by her interaction with Pankaj Tripathi is sparkling. The movie becomes more interesting when Mimi agrees to carry the baby for the couple followed by a surprise event which shatters her life. The second half is filled with emotional drama followed by a happy ending. The best part of watching Mimi is that it keeps the serious topics of surrogacy entertaining with subtle humor without loosing its sheen. The movie is 133 minutes long but does not give away any chance of losing the focus as the writing helps to keep the right balance between the drama and comedy.
While editing takes a back seat, songs composed by maestro A R Rahman are just passable except for Rihaayi De which is beautifully composed. Cinematography is pretty good with natural ambience of Rajasthan which renders vibrant flavor that goes well with Rajasthani tradition. Mimi belongs to Kriti Sanon who has probably given her career’s best performance. The gorgeous actress fits it right to the central character and plays it like a boss, expressing with right emotions. Pankaj Triptahi is electrifying as usual. The brilliant actor just gets better with his one-liners and comic acts which brings down the house. I also liked Evelyn Edwards as Summer who plays the role of a desperate mother while Manoj Pahwa, Supriya Pathak and Sai Tamhankar are fine in their respective role.
Overall, Mimi has wonderful and offbeat storyline layered with superb performances. Mimi is currently streaming on Netflix and is produced by Maddock Films and Jio Studios.