While watching the trailer of Netflix’s ‘Mimi‘, what attracted me the most to this movie was Pankaj Tripathi. Over the past few years, he has impressed everyone with his choice of films and superb acting skills. But, you will be surprised that ‘Mimi’ has a lot more to offer than just Pankaj Tripathi’s brilliant performance. Kriti Sanon, who we have often seen as a bubbly and cheerful actress, transforms into a completely new avatar.

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‘Mimi’ deals with the social issue of surrogacy and how people in small towns still consider it a taboo. The film is a remake of Samroudhhi Porey’s National Award-winning Marathi film ‘Mala Aai Vhhaychy’.

‘Mimi’ (Kriti Sanon), a small town girl from Rajasthan, has dreams of making it big in the world of Bollywood. She’s just waiting to settle down in Mumbai and start her acting career. However, little did she know that her life is going to completely change when a foreign couple asks her to become a surrogate for their child. Pankaj Tripathi plays the role of Bhanu Pratap, a cab driver, who convinces Mimi to become a surrogate and arranges her meeting with the foreign couple. The duo strike a deal with the couple with each getting paid. Then comes a twist and one can see the performances going up several notches. From this point onwards, we get to see Kriti Sanon giving one of her best performances till date in Bollywood.

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Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi banter on screen, especially when Bhanu tries to convince Mimi on agreeing to the surrogacy will tickle your funny bones for sure. On the other hand, you will find plenty of emotional conversations between the two actors. Bhanu always has Mimi’s back, even when she confesses about the surrogacy to her entire family. ‘Mimi’ will take your emotions on a roller-coaster ride, giving you an equal quote of hilarious and heart-warming moments.

The supporting cast also deserves a special mention here, as each of them played their part effectively in making the plot more convincing. Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa as parents of Mimi were shown very differently as compared to parents in other Bollywood movies, who would be extra dramatic about their child trying to make an acting career. Especially when the family belonged to a small town in India. They always supported Mimi, whether it was her acting dreams or becoming a surrogate mother. 

While the ideas were very new to them and they were a bit hesitant initially, the parents never abandoned Mimi. This was a very welcome change in the screenplay. Shama, played by Sai Tamhankar, was a true friend and always stuck through thick and thin, whatever situation Mimi was in.

Even though the second half of the film becomes a bit predictable, it’s Mimi’s journey as a single surrogate mother, and the hurdles she faces that makes the movie worth a watch.