Mili review: “This bloated thriller features an earnest Janhvi Kapoor”
While the survival thriller has its ups and downs, Janhvi Kapoor delivers a solid performance. However, the film slows down and ends when the economic hardship in order to reach closure begins to take its toll.
What happens to human beings trapped in sub-zero temperatures? Mili, the Hindi remake of the Malayalam film Helen, inspires us to observe that the challenges faced by the protagonist raise awareness that all of those suffering and helpless at the same time are on their own.
Mili’s plight is incredibly dangerous. Human stupidity and carelessness are a deadly mixture, and that’s why she finds herself trapped, her extremities turning color as night falls, starting with red, then turning to black, with frostbite, her entire body pushed by the cold weather. Will she make it through the night?
A survival adventure can be thrilling, appropriate situations in a thin chasm where it is tough to chop off a part of your body by flexing your arms and legs, or on the island where it’s uneasy to eat terrible things. The resilience of the human spirit is exemplified by interesting challenges in these scenarios.
They know how to keep the perfect pace, ratcheting the tension properly. Mili, directed by the same director who did 2019 Malayalam industrial, is too long. The pace wanes in places, and the bloat becomes the issue.
There are intriguing facts here, including Dehradun-based Janhvi Kapoor’s (Mili Naudiyal’s) dutiful daughter behavior, Manoj Pahwa’s loving father character, Sunny Kaushal’s unemployed boyfriend, and over a thousand dollars having been spent on her education. Enjoying an opportunity to become an a-trained nurse in Canada where, as of right now, she will hopefully accept, she has a bright future ahead of her right now, oblivious to the secret presence of Sunny Kaushal.
The Burger King assistant manager (Kochchar) who manages the workers at the station where she works acts in a demanding manner. At The desk where she works, her colleagues are cordial and lighthearted, including co-worker Hasleen (Hasleen Kaur), who tends to look out for her.
While the police are investigating the situation surrounding the disappearance of young woman Mili, there is also misogyny to be found. A blustering cop (Anurag Arora) does not hesitate to swear at women who are out late at night with their boyfriends or work late.
But he is exceedingly demonstrative, and it feels as if He is currently attempting to impose his will on the situation, even though the arrival of an excellent policeman (Sanjay Suri) who closes in at the nick of time feels like a hasty contrivance.
As Mili, who is able to deal with impossible situations, hugs a lovable little rodent, Kapoor is earnest, and you can see her hard work and dedication.
The film should have been tighter, and that would have enhanced the overall experience. My heart ate a hole within me too many times.
Mili movie cast: Manoj Pahwa, Janhvi Kapoor, Sunny Kaushal, Rajesh Jais, Vikram Kochchar, Hasleen Kaur, Anurag Arora, Sanjay Suri
Mili movie director: Xavier Mathukutty
Mili movie rating: 2 stars