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Mom movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui steals Sridevi’s thunder in this revenge drama

Jul 07, 2017
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Mom
Cast: Sridevi, Nawazudin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna
Director: Ravi Udyawar
Rating: 3/5

A black car speeds its way through a deserted Delhi road on a pitch dark night. An aerial shot shows it halting at a lonely crossroad. Two doors open, and the driver swaps his seat with a person in the rear. The car starts moving again, and sometime before daybreak, its occupants throw a teenage girl into a roadside drain.

We haven’t been shown the inside of the car, but we all know what could have happened there. Hundreds of media reports scream of such crimes against women every year, but people simply pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. This movie is not about them. It is about a mother who decides to avenge the rape of her daughter because the law couldn’t get her the justice she deserves.

A likeable-yet-strict biology teacher Devaki (Sridevi) is your average parent who wants to keep tabs on the social life and friends of an adolescent Arya (Sajal Ali). She is Arya’s stepmother, and is probably why Arya doesn’t seem to trust her. The child’s rape threatens to further tear them apart, but Devaki is determined to not let that happen.

Now, all this may sound like the recently released Maatr, where Raveena Tandon played a mother who moves mountains to punish her daughter’s rapists. Though Mom is similar in tone, the previous film didn’t have actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and Adnan Siddiqui.

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