Sajal Aly and Adnan Siddiqui starrer Mom that has Sri Devi as its lead protagonist opened across the world on 7th July 2017 to fairly impressive reviews from critics across the border. The film is being praised for its plot, but that's the only highlight of the movie. The critics have mentioned Sajal and Adnan as effectively cast in their roles, but that's the only mention they've received.
According to Times of India, “Mom reminds you for the umpteenth time that India, or New Delhi specifically, isn’t safe enough for women, especially young girls. And its relevance makes Mom an important watch. Sridevi demonstrates why she is the high-priestess of desi cinema. Supporting her ably is her onscreen husband Anand (Adnan), who plays the polished gent with flair. Dew fresh Sajal Ali, who seems to have grown up watching Kareena Kapoor films, seems like a clone of the senior actor. But this is not to take away from her otherwise adept performance.”
The Hindu praised the film mentioning, “Mom is better-paced, is quick to cut to the chase in the first half (though it huffs and puffs its way in the second) and the emotions, though as high-pitched, are more finely calibrated. It’s the father-daughter duo of Anand Sabharwal and Arya (Pakistani actors Adnan Siddiqui and Sajal Ali) that is more measured as compared to Sridevi, whose easy give and take with a child star, takes you back for a moment to Mr India.”
According to the Hindustan Times, “The supporting cast turns out to be a great asset for director Ravi Udyawar’s film, which brings out the mental trauma experienced by the rape victim just as much as it celebrates Sridevi’s valour.” The publication failed to give Sajjal Aly a mention, conveniently forgetting the fact that she play's a titular character in the movie that is the reason for its instigation.
NDTV had a better review for the film, praising Aly and Adnan for their exceptional performances in the film. "Sajal Ali, in the role of the troubled daughter, matches the veteran (Sri Devi) of 300 films step for step. Adnan Siddiqui is unwaveringly solid as the doting father and ever-beholden husband who stand like a rock by the two women.”
And here's what The Indian Express has to say, "The plot is riddled with holes, and is too focused on Sridevi. There are other good actors in the film, apart from Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Abhimanyu Singh. Sajal Ali, who plays the young victim, is particularly effective. Adnan Siddiqui, as Sridevi’s husband, is very dishy, but suffers from the same problem the rest of the cast: not enough heft."
Sajjal Aly and Adnan Siddiqui have managed to fairly impress the audience and the critics with their performances in Mom, whose highlight otherwise happens to be Sridevi. Nonetheless the film has received a majority of 4/5* from major critics across the border and we're certain, that's only the beginning.