Critic’s Rating : / 5
Mister Mummy Movie Review : Riteish Deshmukh & Genelia D’Souza’s film fails to entertain
Mister Mummy Review: Mister Mummy is about a man who despises children because of his own past experiences, and his wife, who is desperately trying to conceive. But what happens if both get pregnant at the same time? It’s unusual, right? Actually, the subject of this offbeat comedy is a condition known as ‘Couvade Syndrome aka sympathetic pregnancy,’ which causes a man to experience many of the same symptoms as an expectant mother, such as changes in appetite, nausea, insomnia, and weight gain. However, this 98-minute film is nothing more than a confusing drama that fails to entertain or educate its audience.
Director Shaad Ali who has co-written the film with Ananya Sharma, tries to, but struggles at, adding value and depth to the story. There’s a substantial amount of ammo to work with—unplanned parenthood, distressed marriage, and a pregnant man, to name a few. But nothing is fleshed out in a compelling way. The majority of the scenes are also repetitive, making it a lengthy watch. Most of the humour is forced, and aside from Amol’s conversations with himself, nothing makes you laugh. Conceptually, it is definitely interesting, but the way it’s presented leaves a lot to be desired.
Genelia D’Souza’s character is likeable whenever she appears on screen, but she doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Even though Riteish Deshmukh, whose comic timing is impeccable, tries excessively hard to make it work this time, he is unable to save the sinking ship. Deshmukh performed far better in his previous OTT film, Plan A Plan B. To be honest, without an engaging story, even the endearing chemistry between Genelia and Riteish falls flat. Dr. Satsangi, played by Mahesh Manjrekar, is amusing in parts.
All things considered, Mister Mummy could have explored a lot more with the material at hand. But Shaad Ali ends up losing out on this opportunity. Definitely not worth watching.