|Sridevi was one of the few actresses who, during her heydays, could make an entire script to revolve around her. It was wonderful to see her back on the big screen with such a role.
Before seeing the film, I wondered if she had taken a stereotypical mother's role, but all such doubts were gone by the time the film ended. I was wondering whether any other contemporary actress could have better than Sridevi's portrayal of varied emotions in the film.
The film revolves around a woman whose role is seen in the family as a homemaker, caring for her husband and kids to the extent that her culinary skills are also seen as a distraction to her existence.
An accidental sighting of an advertisement on a bus in New York, where she goes to attend her niece's wedding, brings about a transformation to her life: not just in learning English, which is incidental to her life, but in gaining her self-respect
There are some very realistic emotions on display – the scene where Sridevi goes to a cafe alone & runs out of it after being bombarded with a volley of KBC-like questions from the rude waitress; the different emotions she feels when her laddoos fall on the ground on the day of the wedding.
The characters of the younger kid and the French guy are especially endearing, and the chemistry between the French guy and Sridevi has been captured well.
The film could have done with less of stereotyping - like a weird looking African or silly jokes on a Spanish and Korean (or was she Chinese?) or Amitabh's (special appearance) ranting against Americans.
But overall it is a sweet and short film which has of course benefitted from the presence of Sridevi.