Kriti Sanon’s ‘Mimi‘ is about a woman who agrees to be a surrogate mother to a childless couple belonging to a foreign land. The trailer dropped yesterday and the leading lady has stated multiple times how this has been a validating experience for her as an actor. The theme isn’t new, the genre isn’t fresh, but Sanon attempts a character that’s likely to challenge her oeuvre so far.
Cinema has been exploring this theme for long, very long. One of the earlier films was Lekh Tandon’s ‘Doosri Dulhan’, where Shabana Azmi played the second woman in the marriage.
The idea of adoption is rejected since the family needs a legitimate scion. Since the family is influential and known, the news and process of surrogacy has to be clandestine.
It was Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Vicky Donor’ in 2012, marking the debut of the electric Ayushmann Khurrana, when we saw a role reversal.