Loved Mimi? Here are other Indian movies on surrogacy
Mimi, starring Kriti Sanon, has been garnering superlatives since its release on Netflix. The movie deals with the surrogacy scene in India and how young women are affected by it. Kriti plays the titular character, a dancer from Bikaner who is also an aspiring actor. She agrees to be the surrogate to John and Summer in return for money. However, the foreign couple frets over the thought of having a deformed baby and leaves Mimi alone in the situation. The rest of the film deals with how Mimi manages a foreign baby. Mimi is the Hindi remake of the Marathi movie Mala Ayi Vhhaychy Most of us loved Mimi and the content it tries to explore. Well, here are some other Indian movies on surrogacy that explored the theme quite well.
1.Dasharatham (1989, Malayalam)
Mohanlal starter Dasharatham introduced people to the idea of surrogacy way before it became common. Mohanlal plays Rajeev, a filthy rich young man who doesn’t really believe in marriage. Born as an orphan, Rajeev craves love and desires to have a son whom he can love unconditionally. He opts for surrogacy to have a child. Annie, a young wife looking for money for her husband’s treatment, agrees to be the surrogate. However, she starts developing feelings for the baby and is not ready to give him away. What follows is an emotional tussle between Annie and Rajeev and the climax melts our hearts. Dasharatham is probably one of the best Indian movies on surrogacy so far.
2. Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001, Hindi)
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke stars Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, and Preity Zinta in the lead roles. Rani Mukherjee’s character Priya is unable to conceive a child with her husband Raj (played by Salman khan) after an accident. Desperate to have a child, they chose Madhu (played by Preity Zinta) as their surrogate. However, things get complicated when Madhu starts catching feelings for Raj and doesn’t want to give away the baby. The film played a pivotal role in popularizing the concept of surrogacy in Indian media.
3. Lucky Star (2013, Malayalam)
The plot of Lucky star is highly similar to Mimi. Ranjith and Janaki belong to a lower-middle-class status quo and are in need of some money. Ranjith convinces his wife Janaki to become a surrogate for a wealthy couple in return for good money. Though the wealthy couple part ways and abandon their unborn child, Ranjith and Janaki adopt him, and their lives turn upside down. The baby becomes a lucky charm for them and they end up becoming highly successful and rich in a couple of years. The film is pretty funny as well as emotional, just like Mimi.
4.Filhaal (2002, Hindi)
Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Filhaal stars Tabu and Sushmita Sen as Rewa and Sia respectively. They play inseparable friends who are always there for each other. Rewa gets married to the love of her life but finds out that she can’t conceive a child. Sia, unable to see her friend in a depressing situation, offers to become their surrogate. Though Rewa is initially happy, the surrogacy ignites complications in their friendship. How they deal with the situation and rekindle their friendship is what the film is all about.
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