A dark, riveting emotive thriller

A dark, riveting emotive thriller

A dark, riveting emotive thriller

Hindi (U) 3/5
Cast: Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna, Sajal Ali, Adnan Siddiqui, Abhimanyu Singh
Director: Ravi Udyawar

After Raveena Tandon’s Maatr, comes veteran Sridevi’s Mom. Revolving around sexual assault and its aftermath, the film is one of rape, revenge and redemption. That Mom marks 300th film of versatile Sridevi makes it more special. Sure enough, Sridevi as distraught and determined Devaki Sabarwal delivers class act, bringing in range of emotions: happiness, helplessness, vendetta and victory, with aplomb. Complementing her is seasoned and ever reliable Nawazuddin Siddiqui perfect foil as detective Daya Shankar Kapoor as also sauve Akshaye Khanna as inspector Mathew Francis.

With rash of rapes making headlines in country’s national capital, Mom, revolves around Devaki, a biology teacher, trying to bond with her 18-year-old step daughter Arya, who becomes a victim of physical assault by Jagan and his gang in a black SUV.

Cast away after the act, Arya’s disfigured body is found in a wayside ditch.

Despite Arya providing crucial statement, it is not enough to nail the accused leaving already distraught family shattered.

How Devaki, assisted by the helpful detective and closely following sympathetic inspector Francis, tracks the perpetrators to bring justice forms the pith of Mom.  

A R Rahman’s background score adds necessary zip, while Anay Goswamy gloriously captures both the cast and outdoor locations in all their contours with panache.

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