Feature Name: Jai Mummy Di
Directed By: Navjot Gulati
Cast: Sunny Singh, Sonnalli Seygal, Supriya Pathak & Poonam Dhillon
Run Time: 103 minutes
Review By: Manisha Karki
Jai Mummy Di is a light-hearted family comedy that portrays the trials and tribulations a couple undergoes due to the dynamics between their respective mothers.
Puneet (Sunny Singh) and Saanjh (Sonalli Seygall) are neighbours and have been attracted to one another since forever. However, Puneet’s mother Laali (Supriya Pathak) is locked in a never-ending battle with Saanjh’s mother Pinky (Poonam Dhillon). Why do Laali and Pinky reach for each other’s throats nobody has an answer to that – not even after the film is over.
The movie is just made with a plot that has no meaning. It has several female characters but not a single one with depth or common sense.
If we talk about the direction of the Navjot Gulati film, it has a Delhi setting, caricatured Punjabi characters, background music as loud as the dialogue delivery, uneven pacing, and endless parade of songs make the relatively crisp 103-minute run-time seem longer than it is. Why did Pinky and Laali fall out, Saanjh wonders. I don’t care, her father replies. We don’t either.
The story derails way before the intermission and never gets back on track. There are way too many songs and dance numbers that it gets difficult to sit through beyond a point. The story is weak it can be a short story but should not have made into a film. It has just been stretch unnecessary to make it a film.
Talking about the performances, Sonnalli Seygall as this bold and bratty lass from Delhi looks glamourous on screen but does not quite manage to get into the skin of her character; it comes across as too plush for the colloquial Saanjh. As a love-struck momma’s boy, Sunny Singh has his moments but that too is not so impactful as the film is dull.
You will not feel any chemistry between Sonnalli and Sunny as the film does not have that impact. The things are just going as per the scenes that are written.
The tiff between senior actresses – Supriya Pathak and Poonam Dhillon – is not one of their finest works. Pathak does pull off the quarrelsome nature of her character Laali with reasonable conviction. But Dhillon’s most certainly not the Pinky that the director was looking for.
If we notice some facts about the film, it comprises at least a couple of songs which can be potential chartbusters like Mummy Nu Pasand and Lamborghini.
However, the promotion and marketing of the film are decent, not excellent, which means eventually it would all boil down to the word of mouth from the audiences.
Jai Mummy Di is coming at the time when Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji – The Unsung Warrior is still roaring loud and is bound to see added footfalls in the second week as well.
Though there isn’t any other competition for the film, Jai Mummy Di would need to be really strong in content in order to see a turnaround over the weekend which it has failed.
Jai Mummy Di only works to a certain degree because of the glam factor and some of its hummable musical content, rest is just bland and boring.
We give the film 2 stars and don’t recommend it for the weekend.