Oh wow, this movie looks so good! I thought it was going to be some sort of kitschy come back thing just riding on Kajol’s popularity, but no, it looks really really good! All on its own. The script idea is great, and Kajol is the perfect person to carry it off.
From the title and the poster, we could already know it was going to be about an over-protective mother of a college student. But, thank goodness, the focus isn’t on her as a mother but on who she is in addition to being a mother. And, also thank goodness, she is still our same old wacky Kajol, not magically dignified and brilliant and perfect just because she is a little older and playing a mother role.
If I am following the trailer right, and if it is the plot I hope, then I think she is a former singer/performer who gave it all up to raise her son (possibly after her husband died). And now her son is going to college and encouraging her to take an interest in life and leave him alone, which leads to her going back to school with him.
Predictably, they have a big fight. But unpredictably, it looks like the fight is because the son cares about her, right? He feels smothered, but he also wants her to move on and rediscover herself? And then Neha Gupta appears, like the angel of housewife career changes flitting in from Tumhari Sulu to this movie, and encourages Kajol to restart her music career.
I love that it doesn’t take the simple route of mother-son fighting because he is wrong and selfish. And I love that it lets Kajol be Kajol, loud and laughing and silly. And I also love that it is a Kajol movie! There is faith that, even at 44 and her last film a qualified flop from 3 years ago, she can carry this whole thing herself.
And it’s not like the people around her are no good, they just aren’t that famous. The director, Pradeep Sarkar, he specializes in heroine lead dramas with strong actresses. First film was Parineeta, then Laaga Chunari Main Daag, then Lafangay Parinda that we will pretend didn’t happen, and then Mardaani was his last film before this one.
The son, Riddhi Sen, is only 20 but is from a Bengali acting family and has been acting his whole life. Just won a National Award for his last film and, more importantly for the Hindi audience, he was the little boy chaiwalla Poltu in Kahaani!!!!
Most of all, and I may be terribly petty for bringing this up, but doesn’t Kajol pull off the older pop star so so so so so much better than Aishwarya in her movie? Kajol feels like she is playing her age in the glimpse we get of her performing on stage, feels like she is playing a real person and a character we can relate too, while still also being believable as a charismatic entertainer. While Aish somehow felt like she was faking it, like she was imitating what she thought a pop star should be instead of just embodying it. But again, maybe I am being petty.