Netflix’s Mimi which was released four days before its release date is set in Rajasthan, where a middle-aged American couple, Summer (Evelyn Edwards) and John (Aidan Whytock) are looking for a surrogate mother. They first see Mimi when she is performing at an event, that is when they decide that she could be the surrogate for their child.
Mimi(Kriti Sanon) the titular character who dreams of becoming a Bollywood heroine, but life offers her some new turns and she decides to go with the flow. Writer-director, Laxman Utekar and co-writer Rohan Shankar’s Mimi lack conviction and continuity.
Kriti Sanon as Mimi has undoubtedly given her all in this performance. Her expressions are lively and have truth in them. She is shown to be a character who is way too gullible for her own good. She has big dreams. The character is shown to be naive and yet she is placed as someone who is street smart, but apparently, the plot and the character growth do not blend.
One of the major takeaways of films that have Pankaj Tripathi as a major character is fun, wit, and lots of entertainment but here the actor couldn’t hone his magic and with no fault of his own. The part played by Tripathi i.e. Bhanu, is reduced to a supporting character who is limited to gimmicks and dialogues which are supposedly for comedic relief in a comedy-drama.
Mimi’s parents, portrayed by Manoj Pahwa and Supriya Pathak are shown to be way more understanding and impressionable than Indian parents are known for. Other brilliant actors like Sai Tamhankar and Nutan Surya do not indulge in the plot. Mimi, who dreamt her whole life around being a popular actress suddenly puts away her dreams without any closure.
The film raises many issues like surrogacy, motherhood, parenting, pregnancy, societal pressure but none of it seems real. The writers have avoided delving in deep. They are trying to harness the surface-level emotion which might be invoked at some sections of the film. One of the apparent major characters, the American couple, is being used at the earliest convenience when suited to the story and then not again. They are portrayed as outright selfish people, without any layers. The abruptness of the writing has caused the film to become a mishap. The blatant use of racial slurs also makes this film cringy.
Mimi has amazing music by AR Rahman, but the depth of music and the depth of the cinematic prevalence have a lot of distance to cover before they meet.
Mimi could have been a better shot, the issues it deals with are definitely a healthy discussion but they are rather handled half-heartedly. It seems that to advocate the project as a film on a social cause, the makers of the film have side-lined the need to show the cause, and have rather created a superficial trajectory.