Mimi - An easy watch where the emotions work despite the contrivances!
Laxman Utekar's Mimi is the kind of film that keeps oscillating between a harmless watch and moments where the emotions work. It is a film that keeps things deliberately light hearted.
Mimi starts like a regular comedy and centres around Mimi (Kriti Sanon), a dancer who is aspiring to be an actress. She is in need of money to make her aspirations work and an offer to earn quick money lands on her lap (womb to me more precise). What looks like an easy, legal and risk free way to earn quickly, leads her to a dicey situation. Kriti is charming and puts up a slightly loud performance. But it works given the nature of the film. Pankaj Tripathi as Bhanu is the perfect foil and his subtle performance plays the balancing act. The comedy in Mimi isn't rib tickling. It is the kind of film that manages to keep a little persistent smile on your face. This could be seen as a positive but there is this feel that the scenes had potential for some real fun and somehow the makers aren't too keen to go all out. The film seems to be caught in between going over the top and wanting to be a low key comedy.
Surprisingly, the emotions work in the later part of the film. I say surprisingly because the writing is convenient and predictable. The foreign couple being benevolent in one moment and then extremely selfish within minutes doesn't come across as convincing. But somehow the last leg of the film works despite all this. Maybe it is the performances or maybe the very nature of what is being discussed makes an impact.
There are some real fine moments in the film. Some of them even lasting just seconds. Mimi's father mistaking the car perfume for alcohol, Mimi's mother immediately defending Bhanu (for a different reason) when someone says the baby is too fair to be Bhanu's or that scene where Bhanu explains why he did not run away from Mimi when he could have easily escaped. In between such fine moments of humour and emotion, the film retains its watchability.
Mimi is the kind of film that is enjoyable at its best and tolerable at its worst. An easy watch and the emotions work despite the contrivances.