Mom (film)

Mom is a 2017 Indian crime thriller film directed by Ravi Udyawar, based on a screenplay written by Girish Kohli. Produced by Sunil Manchanda, Mukesh Talreja, Naresh Agarwal and Gautam Jain,[5][6] the film stars Sridevi as a vigilante who sets out to avenge her stepdaughter, played by Pakistani actress Sajal Ali. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui in supporting roles.[7][8] Music for the film has been composed and produced by A. R. Rahman.[9] This movie marked Sridevi's 300th, and final major film appearance before her death on 24 February 2018.[10][11]

Mom
Mom film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster[1]
Directed byRavi Udyawar
Produced by
Screenplay byGirish Kohli
Story byRavi Udyawar
Girish Kohli
Kona Venkat
Starring
Music bySongs:
A. R. Rahman
Background Score:
A. R. Rahman
Qutub-E-Kripa
CinematographyAnay Goswamy
Edited byMonisha R. Baldawa
Production
company
MAD Films
Third Eye Pictures
Distributed byZee Studios
BSK Film Network
Release date
  • 7 July 2017 (2017-07-07) (Worldwide (except China) )
  • 10 May 2019 (2019-05-10) (China)[2]
Running time
146 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget₹37 crore[3]
Box office₹175.9 crore[4]

The film was released on 7 July 2017, in four languages, and became a critical and commercial success. Sridevi was highly lauded for her performance in the film with Times of India saying that the actress "demonstrates why she is the high-priestess of Indian cinema."[12] The film received two awards at the 65th National Film Awards : Best Actress for Sridevi, marking the first posthumous win in the category and Best Background Score for A.R. Rahman. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, the film received six nominations, including Best Actress and Best Actress (Critics) for Sridevi and Best Supporting Actor for Siddiqui. At the box office, the film has grossed 175 crore (US$25 million) worldwide, including $16.02 million (₹110.8 crore) in China.

PlotEdit

Mrs. Devki Sabarwal is a biology teacher and vivacious and popular among her students. In the class, a student, Mohit Chadda sends Devki's stepdaughter, Aarya Sabarwal an offensive video and Devki throws his phone out of the window. At home, despite Devki's persistent and warm approach toward her, Aarya remains frosty and distant, rebuffing her attempts to build a relationship. Aarya is invited to Valentine's Day party at a farmhouse called Zodiac Farms, Devki and her husband Anand Sabarwal permit this with great hesitation. Aarya rejects Mohit and his cousin brother Charles Deewan at the party. Angered by this very public rejection, Charles, Mohit, their criminal friend Jagan Singh, and the security guard of the farmhouse Babu Ram Yadav attacks Aarya when she leaves the party. They brutally rape her and dump her in a drain along the side of a road, leaving her for dead after half-strangling her. She is found barely alive and brought to the hospital, where she undergoes various operations to save her. Devki and Anand are shattered. Aarya soon recovers and releases a statement naming her attackers.

Inspector Matthew quickly rounds up the attackers. However, the case falls apart when Aarya was found to be drinking, thus building the argument that her memory is unreliable. The body samples were recovered very late and were too weak to match the attackers. The judge acquits the four attackers due to lack of evidence. Her lawyer suggests appealing to a higher court but Devki has lost faith. Aarya, still in shock and broken by the court verdict, tears away from Devki. In sorrow, Devki realizes she has probably lost Aarya forever.

Devki recalls the somewhat shady detective, Daya Shankar Kapoor, whom she'd met on the night Arya was raped. A father of a daughter himself, he understands her pain and agrees to help her as Devki wants justice and revenge for Aarya.

The watchman Babu Ram is first. Devki seeks the help of her former students - transgender people who understand her plight. They seduce Babu Ram and drug him. He awakes four days later, still drunk, and finds, to his horror, that he has been castrated and remembers nothing. The hotshot Charles is next. Devki breaks into his home and mixes crushed apple seeds – a source of cyanide – into his fitness powder. Charles is paralyzed. When Mohit visits Charles at the hospital, Devki, tipped off by DK, plants apple seeds and other evidence at Mohit's home. Inspector Matthew quickly arrests Mohit; Charles will die soon and Mohit will be the murderer. As Devki takes down each of Aarya's attackers, their situations make it on the news, which Aarya follows with surprise. She believes it may be her father, and she is deeply grateful to him. Matthew also suspects the father but, although he has him tailed, cannot catch him out. Then he finds Devki's glasses in Mohit's apartment and starts suspecting her.

Matthew confronts Devki but there is no evidence. He warns her that the fourth man, Jagan, is a hard criminal: going after him is dangerous for her family. Jagan visits Charles and learns that it is "the mom" (Devki) who is retaliating. He goes after DK and discovers that Devki is on a holiday at a snow cottage in Kufri. He kills DK and goes after Devki. Matthew discovers a hidden camera in DK's glasses and hurries to save Devki.

Jagan cuts power at the cottage and shoots Anand. There is a scuffle and Aarya runs out into the snow. Jagan pursues her and Devki tries to save her. As Jagan is about to kill Devki, Matthew intercepts and tackles Jagan. There is a standoff: Devki points a gun at Jagan and Matthew attempts to talk her down by telling her that Anand is alive and in the hospital and if she shoots him, she'll go to jail. Aarya, in the bushes, overhears Jagan when he angrily relates how Devki finished off the other attackers. Devki knows if Jagan is left alive he will come after her again. At this point, Matthew hands her his gun and urges her to kill him. Devki hesitates but when an overwhelmed Aarya acknowledges Devki as ‘Mom’ for the first time, Devki shoots Jagan dead. Aarya and Devki share a tearful and tender embrace.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Casting and developmentEdit

It was announced in early 2016 that Sridevi would be starring next in Boney Kapoor's woman-centric home-production titled Mom to be directed by Ravi Udyawar.[13] Nawazuddin Siddiqui was cast to play an important role in the film and the actor revealed that it was a dream come true for him to work with Sridevi.[14] Subsequently, Akshaye Khanna and actors Sajal Ali and Adnan Siddiqui were cast in crucial roles.[15][16] A. R. Rahman was signed to compose the music of Mom.[17]

FilmingEdit

The first spell of film was shot in New Delhi in March 2016 around locations of Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi University and Noida Film City.[18][19] Following this, Mom was shot in an extensive schedule in Mestia, Georgia.[20] The crew shot in freezing conditions of minus seven degrees for over two months.[21] Despite the challenging climactic environment, the schedule was successfully wrapped up.[22] Shooting resumed once more in March 2017 and the last leg of the film was completed in Bangkok.[23]

Release and marketingEdit

The First Look of Mom was unveiled at the Zee Cine Awards 2017 by Salman Khan who hailed Sridevi on stage as "a bigger star than the Khans".[24][25] The actress made the First Look public on Twitter which went viral.[26] Subsequently, the Teaser of Mom acquired 1.2 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.[27] It also met with a positive response in Pakistan.[28] The well-receival of the teaser led to distributors in South India asking for dubbed version of the film pre-emptively.[29] The filmmakers announced that Mom would also be dubbed and released in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.[30]

Mom was awarded U/A certification by the Central Board of Film Certification without any cuts.[31]

The film is slated to release in China on 22 March 2019, two years after its release in India. Zee Studios International, the distributors of the film, have released an international poster for Chinese audience.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

The film grossed 14.25 crore on its first domestic weekend.[32] It had a domestic gross of approximately 51.78 crore. Overseas, it grossed 3.87 crore from North America, 164 million from the United Kingdom, 4.2 million from Australia, 1.4 million from New Zealand, 34.5 million from the UAE, 100,000 from Malaysia, and 36 million from the rest of the world, bringing the film's worldwide gross to ₹64.9 crore in 2017.[33]

The film released in China on 10 May 2019.[34] The film had an opening weekend gross of US$5.96 million (₹41.8 crore) in China,[35] where it was at number four on the weekend charts, just below the Hollywood films Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Avengers: Endgame and the Arabic film Capernaum.[36] As of 4 June 2019, the film has grossed $16.02 million[37] (₹110.8 crore) in China,[38] bringing the film's worldwide gross to 175.7 crore (US$25 million).

Critical responseEdit

 
Sridevi's performance as the titular character garnered widespread critical acclaim winning her the National Film Award for Best Actress.

Mom received positive reviews from critics with major acclaim drawn to Sridevi's performance. Meena Iyer of The Times of India rated 4 stars out of 5 and said, "this one still manages to stay ahead with some interesting twists and turns".[39] Sarita A Tanwar of Daily News and Analysis rated 3 stars, saying "Mom is interestingly cast and that's a major part of the battle won."[40] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated 2 out of 5 stars and said, "The plot is riddled with holes, and is too focussed on Sridevi."[41] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV India rated 3.5 stars out of 5 and said that it doesn't strictly belong to "conventional rape-and-revenge drama" category as it does not have "clearly defined moral and emotional context".[42] Mayank Shekhar of Mid Day rated 3 out of 5 stars, saying that "the filmmakers effectively employ their talent" on the fresh ensemble cast, the characters," or "fine passages of photography and production design".[43] IANS of The Economic Times said, "the scenes are cut in a way that they heighten the drama without resorting to hysteria".[44] Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror rated 3.5 out of 5 stars and said, "Several scenes in Mom wordlessly convey more than what can be said through dialogue."[45] Rajeev Masand of News18 India rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, saying "Mom is a far from perfect film, but it's never boring."[46] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times, while rating 3 stars out of 5, pointed out as good thing of the film that it "can hold the audience's attention".[47]

Sridevi's performance was highly acclaimed with India Today calling her "unbelievably good as the mother thirsty for revenge"[48] while NDTV found her "magnificently expressive as the titular figure."[42] Times of India described her act as a "captivating performance where she walks you through the entire gamut of emotions with panache"[39] while Indian Express declared that "Sridevi needs only a twitch or a glance to prove that she is a powerhouse and there are several scenes she lifts by just being there."[41] Deccan Chronicle wrote that "Turning your eyes elsewhere will be criminal when Sridevi is on screen in the film"[49] while Rediff hailed the actress as "the master of expressivity...it's classic Sridevi."[50] Rajeev Masand declared that "Sridevi's performance elevates Mom to another level"[51] while TV Today declared that "Sridevi's breakdown scene in the film must be studied in film schools."[52] Firstpost commented "Here is a 53-year-old leading actress doing what Amitabh Bachchan once excelled at...Sridevi is a far more a riveting watch than a shirtless Salman Khan with his 6 plus packs or the quintessential middle aged Hindi film hero, who refuses to grow up....Suddenly, Bollywood shines bright with hope for the heroine over 50."[53]

Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News commented while rating 3.5 out of 5 stars, "taut thriller studded with some superlative performances".[54] Sadaf Siddique of DAWN said, "it is the riveting performances that hold the narrative together despite its flaws."[55] Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle rated 3 out of 5 stars and said, "Although the production of the film makes it look grand and fancy, the climax is too dramatic for such an intense film."[56]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
65th National Film Awards Best Actress Sridevi Won [57]
Best Background Score A. R. Rahman Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress Sridevi Nominated
Critics Best Actress Won
IIFA Awards Best Actress Won [58][59]
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Won
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Sridevi Nominated [60][61][62]
Critics Best Actress Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Nominated
Best Background Score A.R. Rahman Nominated
Best Editing Monisha R. Baldawa Nominated
Best Sound Design Nihar Ranjan Samal Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actress Sridevi Nominated
GQ Excellence Awards GQ Award for Excellence in Acting Won [63]
Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year Sudeep Jaipurwale for "Be Nazaara" Nominated [64]
Bollywood Film Journalists Awards Best Actress Sridevi Won [65]
Masala Magazine Awards - Dubai Outstanding Performance of the Year Won [66]

SoundtrackEdit

Mom
Soundtrack album by
Released27 June 2017
Recorded2017
StudioENZY Studios, Mumbai
Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai
A. R. Studios, Mumbai
GenreFeature film Soundtrack
Length37:30
LabelT-Series
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Sachin: A Billion Dreams
(2017)
Mom
(2017)
Viceroy's House
(2017)

The soundtrack album was released on 27 June 2017 by T-Series. The first song of Mom titled "O Sona Tere Liye"[67] earned positive reviews with Indian Express describing it as "a soothing balm for a hurt soul"[68] while a writer from The Times of India wrote that the "song will stir your soul."[69] Rahman won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction - Background Score.[70]

Hindi tracklist

All music is composed by A. R. Rahman.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."O Sona Tere Liye"Irshad KamilA. R. Rahman, Shashaa Tirupati05:20
2."Kooke Kawn" (Traditional)Irshad KamilSukhwinder Singh, Blaaze, Sameera Bharadwaj, Altamash Faridi03:33
3."Raakh Baaki"Irshad Kamil, RianjaliJonita Gandhi, Rianjali05:43
4."Freaking Life"Irshad Kamil, RianjaliRianjali, Raja Kumari, Suzanne D'Mello04:05
5."Chal Kahin Door"Irshad KamilShashaa Tirupati06:28
6."Muafi Mushkil"Irshad KamilDarshana04:48
7."Be Nazaara" (Traditional) Sudeep Jaipurwale07:36
Total length:37:30
Tamil Dubbed Version
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. Poongaatre Thamarai Anand Aravindakshan, Priyanka NK 05:20
2. Kooke Kawn Vivek Sunder Iyer, Pooja, Sharanya Srinivas, Blaaze 03:33
3. Raatchasa Thee Vivek, Rianjali Isshrath Quadhree, Rianjali 05:43
4. Netrai Vendru Naan Kutti Revathi Saindhavi Prakash(Film Version)/ Shreya Ghoshal(Trailer Version) 06:28
Telugu Dubbed Version
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. Poongaatre Ananda Sriram Hemachandra, Priyanka NK 05:20
2. Padhavalu Pakkanolu Ananta Sriram Sunil Kashyap, Pooja, Sharanya Srinivas, Blaaze 03:33
3. Aarthi Agni Jalistundhi Ananta Sriram, Rianjali Damini Bhatla, Rianjali 05:43
4. Erooje Chindhe Chirunave Rocky Shashaa Tirupati(Film Version)/ Shreya Ghoshal(Trailer Version) 06:28
Malayalam Dubbed Version
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. O Sona Rafeeq Ahmed Jithin, Priyanka NK 05:20
2. Kaandil Ellam Rafeeq Ahmed Palakkad Sriram, Pooja, Sharanya Srinivas, Blaaze 03:33
3. Agni Jwala Rafeeq Ahmed, Rianjali Kavya Ajit, Rianjali 05:43
4. Onni Poo Rafeeq Ahmed Shweta Mohan 06:28

Notes:

  • The songs 'Freakin' Life' and 'Be Nazaara' were reused in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam versions as-it-is, without any changes whatsoever.
  • The song 'Maafi Mushqil' appears only in the Hindi version. It was not dubbed into Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
  • The song 'Be Nazaara' is a traditional composition, both lyrically and musically. It was only programmed and arranged by A. R. Rahman for the movie.

AwardsEdit

Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
65th National Film Awards Best Actress Sridevi Won [57]
Best Background Score A. R. Rahman Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress Sridevi Nominated
Critics Best Actress Won
IIFA Awards Best Actress Won [71][72]
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Won
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Sridevi Nominated [73][74][75]
Critics Best Actress Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Nominated
Best Background Score A.R. Rahman Nominated
Best Editing Monisha R. Baldawa Nominated
Best Sound Design Nihar Ranjan Samal Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actress Sridevi Nominated
GQ Excellence Awards GQ Award for Excellence in Acting Won [63]
Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year Sudeep Jaipurwale for "Be Nazaara" Nominated [64]
Bollywood Film Journalists Awards Best Actress Sridevi Won [65]
Masala Magazine Awards - Dubai Outstanding Performance of the Year Won [66]

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