Mathukutty Xavier’s ‘Mili’, with Janhvi Kapoor, shows that even a pure ‘genre film’ can be elevated through superb writing

Posted on November 4, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The screenplay is built like a series of mishaps that keep escalating until we get to the biggest mishap of all: getting trapped in the freezer.

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On one level, Mili is what you’d call a survival thriller: something like Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped. The protagonist is trapped in a difficult situation or a difficult space, and has to escape – using their wits or whatever. The trapping of Mili, played by Janhvi Kapoor, occurs in the freezer unit of the fast food restaurant she works in. This is the second level of the story. Mili wants to go to Canada, away from her loving father (Manoj Pahwa), to earn money – and Mili becomes a story of being careful what you wish for, because the universe may actually give it to you. She wanted to migrate to a cold, cold place and live alone. Well, she got her wish – though not in the way she wanted.

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