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Times of India
Writer, actor and director; Meena Nerurkar has donned many hats over the years. For 'A Dot Com Mom', Nerurkar wears all the three together. As it turns out, it’s not an easy task juggling three responsibilities.
In this film, Nerurkar’s character Sulabha embarks on an 'English Vinglish'-like trip to the US after her son Sunil (Gundewar), a millionaire, invites her over for a few months. A woman of simple ideals, Sulabha is unable to adapt to the Western way of life and ends up in embarrassing situations every other day. Sunil’s wife Seema (Bhalerao) finds Sulbha’s behaviour frustrating and convinces Sunil to send his mother back to India.
The film battles with an identity crisis. It starts on one route but takes constant detours on the way. Of course, like all predictable stories, this one is bound to end on a happy note and for that to happen, the film gives Sulabha a stylish makeover, drowning all the Indian values that she’s shown to be a symbol of, in the first half. The film is perhaps a tribute to all the years Nerurkar has spent in the US. It has the most obvious story and plot twists that might help insomniacs sleep. Then there is the unlimited cinematic liberty taken by the makers to establish Sulabha as a cool-mom. In the process, they do away with explanations regarding her transformation.
As for performances, Nerurkar and Gundewar are convincing, but Bhalerao goes overboard. The surprise package is Deepti Lele who is spot-on in her small role as Chitra.
At over two hours in length, 'A Dot Com Mom' asks for a lot of patience from the viewer; too much, because there’s actually not much novelty on offer. Also, don’t confuse ‘dot com’ with the protagonist turning tech savvy. It’s just a reference to her son’s dot-com company.