Director: Ravi Udyawar
Writer: Girish Kohli
Stars: Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Adnan Siddiqui
Runtime: 2h 26min
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 7 July 2017
Storyline: The life of a biology teacher Devki Sabarwal (Sridevi) and her husband Anand (Adnan Siddiqui)’s family life in Delhi is shattered when her daughter, Arya (Sajal Ali) is physically assaulted by Jagan (Abhimanyu Singh) and gang in a black SUV. Arya’s disfigured body is discovered in a ditch. A legal battle ensues as Arya offers a statement pinning the perpetrators. But lack of incriminating evidence against the accused leads to naught. Devki is assisted by private detective, Daya Shankar Kapoor (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and inspector Mathew Francis (Akshaye Khanna).
Mom begins with promise. Vivacious teenager Arya goes with her friends to a swinging party, and instead of working off an illicit hangover the next morning, and conducting giggly post-mortems with her school pals, finds herself in a dark, dark place.
We know how the rest of it will pan out, given the countless rape-and-revenge thrillers churned out every so often: just a couple of months back, Raveena Tandon was walking the same path in Matr. The only way you can break through the clutter is via a plot boasting novelty and distinctive performances : unfortunately, Mom’s plot is riddled with holes, and is far too focused on Sridevi.