Mom is a classic revenge story that you may have seen before. One can argue that it’s the age old revenge film that is most prominently churned out consistently by Korean cinema but it offers something new. Read more to find out more about it.
Mom starts with an estranged daughter (Sajjal Ali) who doesn’t consider Sridevi her mother because she is Adnan Siddiqui’s second wife. The first 20 minutes of the film establishes this quite smoothly and you know that there is some tension that will not be easier to iron out. Maybe her mother being her teacher escalated this issue even further. Ms. Ali then requests their parents to go to a party and that’s where story takes its turn. There is a horrific scene which shows Ms. Ali being raped and though there aren’t any clear visuals the cinematography and score elevates the tension. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time and possibly the best brutal scene to experience in cinema. It was gut wrenching. From there on, Ms. Siri Devi decides to take revenge since the law and judicial system wasn’t able to.
It does however seem too unrealistic that a regular teacher becomes a killer and that too killing people without a trace but movies do tend to take some leap and it was within the confides of believable space. I do wish that it was scripted in a more realistic manner though. This issue was more apparent in the end, even though the whole cinema was cheering and rooting for Ms. Siri Devi but the ending was more a Bollywood ending rather than a realistic one.
The intrinsic value of revenge and why it is so important to take was never properly established during the entire film. The purpose was there and it was quite solid but what did they think to achieve with revenge was never established. Maybe another layer of complexity was required to establish.
The acting throughout the film was solid. Sridevi was phenomenal, so does Mr. Nawazuddin Siddqui, Sajjal Ali, Adnan Siddiqui and Akshay Khanna. I fail to understand why Mr. Khanna isn’t mainstream as he is a good actor with good timing. The acting alone is the reason to see this film in the nearest theatre.
Direction of the whole movie leaves a lot to be desired in terms of script and covering some loopholes but the pacing, music and cinematogprahy was top notch.
I will give it a B.