Movie Review: Mai (2013)
Subhash (Ram Kapoor) is a journalist living a content life with his wife Madhu (Padmini Kolhapure) and daughter. When Madhu’s brother Prashant (Naveen Kaushik) tells her that he is moving to the United States following a job offer and cannottake along their ailing mother Mai (Asha Bhosle), Madhu agrees to accommodate her, much to Subhash’s displeasure.
To make matters worse, Mai is suffering from Alzheimer’s, which inconveniences everyone in the family as all have to go out of their ways to be extra patient while taking care of her. Moreover, it is learned that Prashant never went abroad, which aggravates Subhash’s ire as he thinks Prashant is dumping his own problems on their heads.
What happens next? Does Mai get the love and support of her family? To find out, watch the movie.
Though the movie has certain shades of Baghban, it must be said that director Mahesh Kodiyal has scored points when it comes to his story and characters. Unlike films of the same genre, which explore the issues of aged parents and their unsupportive family members, Mai has no bad guys or wicked vamps as such.
Where on one hand, you might frown in disapproval at Subhash’s irritation as far as Mai is concerned, he also does come across as a basically decent human being and a good father, who takes time to come to terms with the addition to the family. Moreover, Mai’s mental condition, which is taxing for those taking care of her, makes you sympathize with the plight of Subhash and Madhu, because of which, it is hard to consider Subhash a ‘bad guy’. The director has certainly ensured that the story honestly explores the problem from all angles.
|Good Reviews | Average Reviews | Bad Reviews|
|3.0||“Asha Bhosle’s effort in Mai is applause-worthy.”
|3.0||“MAI is definitely worth a watch..”
|3.0||“To put it simply, Mai is a film to be seen with your family…”
|2.5||“MAI… is an honest attempt.”
– Bollywood Hungama
|2.5||“Asha Bhosle slips into the role of Mai effortlessly. We wish the story had something new to offer though.”
– Times Of India
|2.5||“Watch Mai if you like emotional sob stories and for the outstanding performance of Asha Bhosle.”
– One India
|2.0||“Skip the movie unless you really want to watch Asha Bhosle’s one-off acting stint.”
– Zee News