Mimi true story, movie cast, and reasons to watch the Netflix movie
With Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi in the lead roles, Netflix Mimi started airing this week, and it’s not a movie you’d want to skip this week. Here are three reasons why you should watch Mimi on Netflix.
A stimulating comedy that makes you think about an idea for hours on end is a good, simple comedy. That’s what Mimi, directed by Laxman Utekar, brings to the table this week. While being humorous and entertaining, Mimi highlights the issues and perceptions around surrogacy led by a brilliant and compelling cast.
True story of Mimi: The official remake of a nationally awarded film –
Mimi is an official remake of the critically acclaimed and award-winning film Marathi Mala Aai Vyachay (I want to be a mother). Written and directed by Samrouddhi Porey, this film revolves around the growing practices of surrogacy where Indian women are used as surrogate mothers by foreign nationals. Mala Aai Vyachay tells the story of Mary, who comes to India to look for a surrogate mother to bear a child. She finds Yashodha, a poor villager who accepts the offer. During Yashoda’s pregnancy, the doctor informs her and Mary that the child will be born with a disability. Hearing this, Mary abandons Yashodha and her unborn child when leaving India. After many years, Mary returns to find her child. Besides the theme of maternal love, the film also tackles surrogacy from a complex legal perspective. In 2010, this film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi.
Mimi tells a similar story. Mimi (Kriti Sanon) is a 25 year old Jaipur-based woman who wants to be successful in Bollywood. She struggles to make enough money performing in luxury hotels. Meanwhile, John and Summer arrive in India in search of a woman who can carry their child. They don’t find an ideal woman in Delhi, so they continue their search and reach Jaipur. Bhanu (Pankaj Tripathi), the driver, introduces Mimi to the foreign couple. They see Mimi healthy and beautiful and promise to pay her a large sum of money to bear their child. After some hesitation, she accepts.
To avoid confronting people, Mimi decides to stay with her close friend Shama (Sai Tahmankar). Everything is going well until the doctor reveals that the child may have a disability. This turns off John and Summer, and they tell Mimi to abort the child. Mimi disagrees and a plethora of problems come her way on her journey to motherhood.
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Perfect OTT Casting –
The star of the show is Pankaj Tripathi, who effortlessly plays someone lying between their teeth in a pretty fantastic way. His dialogue and acting hit the mark, making him an easy highlight of the film. Kriti Sanon also plays her role wonderfully, and this could be one of her best performances. Her character matures throughout the film. And the transition we see is from a dreamy dancer, removed from reality, to a woman who embraces motherhood and shamelessly faces society. Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa play the role of Mimi’s conservative parents with great ease. Sai Tahmankar feels quite comfortable in his role.
Mimi combines the thorny issue of surrogacy with light comedy. There are fun times and punchlines so good that they’ll be revisited later. Even in serious moments, the filmmakers induced a comedic delivery. For example, in the scene where Mimi’s parents find out that she is pregnant and ask who the father is, she points to Bhanu, and funny background music follows. In the second half of the film, we see a real struggle of a woman portrayed through the character of Mimi grappling with the societal pressures of being a single surrogate mother. The public, along with Mimi, tend to question the fairness of the society in which we live.
Mimi is streaming on Netflix and Jio.