Directed by Laxman Utekar, ‘Mimi’ features Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Pahwa, Supriya Pathak, Evlyn Edwards, Aidan Whytock and Sai Tamhankar. It is the director’s second film with Kriti Sanon, after ‘Luka Chuppi’ (2019). Though we have seen this kind of surrogacy topic related movie in ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ (2001) before, where Preity Zinta played the role of the surrogate mother, ‘Mimi’ is a perfect mixture of comedy and emotions. It is the remake of the Marathi movie, ‘Mala Aai Vahhaychay’ (2010).
Mimi (Kriti Sanon) is a small-town girl from Rajasthan. She is a dancer and also wants to go to Mumbai and dreams of becoming a Bollywood star. A US couple named, Summar (Evlyn Edwards) and John (Aidan Whytock) come to India and they are looking for a surrogate mother for them. Bhanu (Pankaj Tripathi), who is a driver cum guide for them, promises to find a young and healthy girl.
Then one day the foreign couple sees Mimi dancing in a show in their hotel and instantly likes her and asks Bhanu to tell their proposal to her. Then Bhanu tries to lure Mimi to become a surrogate mother. The couple promises Mimi to give 20 lakh rupees and 5 lakh rupees to Bhanu for taking care of her after the pregnancy. Mimi grabs the offer and then gets pregnant via an IVF procedure. But when the doctor suddenly says that the baby will be an abnormal one in the middle of the pregnancy, the foreign couple drops the plan and flied back to the US. After leaving Mimi like this, what problems she faces and what happens to her next, form the crux of the story.
Mimi is a different type of role, which generally Kriti Sanon doesn’t do. So she tried her level best to give her best performance. Playing a mother’s role, she really did a great job. From being a jolly and cheerful girl and ending up being a helpless mother, the journey will surely make one emotional.
On the other hand, Pankaj Tripathi does a great job in a supporting role. He is the only one who brings laughter and makes us enjoy the film fully. He has always impressed us with his different types of roles, whether it is Sultan Qureshi from ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ (2012), Rudra from ‘Stree’ (2018) or Satyendra from ‘Ludo’ (2020), Pankaj Tripathi has never disappointed us. The characters played by him are never diluted. Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa play the roles of Kriti Sanon’s parents and Sai Tamhankar plays the role of Kriti’s friend. In supporting roles, they all performed well.
Music is composed by A.R Rahman and lyrics are written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The songs are not at all up to the mark and the audience expected a lot more from the veteran maestro. Nevertheless, they are very calm and soothing and the lyrics are very emotional. “Rihaayi De” sung by A.R Rahman and “Hututu” sung by Shashaa Tirupati, are worth a mention.
Overall, ‘Mimi’ is quite an entertaining movie, which also turns into a woman empowerment story. The story is not so bad, but director Laxman Utekar could have done better.
‘Mimi’ is now streaming on Netflix and Jio Cinemas.