Mai (2013 film)

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Mai poster.jpg
Directed by Mahesh Kodiyal
Produced by Alliance Entertainment
Rhythm D'vine Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Written by Mahesh Kodiyal
Starring Asha Bhosle
Padmini Kolhapure
Ram Kapoor
Music by Nitin Shankar
Cinematography Sachin Krishn
Edited by Ashish Amrute
Release date
  • 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01)
Country India
Language Hindi
Bhosle plays the title role in the film.

Mai, meaning mother in Marathi, is a 2013 Hindi film which marks the debut of veteran singer Asha Bhosle as a lead actress.[1] The film is a family drama of how children abandon their ailing old parents. The film is also debut directorial venture of Mahesh Kodiyal.[2]


Mai, a widowed mother of four, is a 65-year-old woman who lives with her only son Munna and suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When Munna gets an opportunity to move to USA for his job, he decides to admit Mai in an old age home. But Mai's eldest daughter Madhu objects to this. After the other two daughters also abandon Mai for various reasons, Madhu decides to bring Mai to her own home. Madhu's husband Subhash and teenage daughter Charu dislike this. After a series of events Madhu's family accepts Mai lovingly in their family.


The film features veteran playback singer of India, Asha Bhosle, in the title role. Bhosle debuted through this film as an actress at the age of 79. Padmini Kolhapure, who is the real-life niece of Bhosle, played the role of her eldest daughter. Kolhapure, known for her roles in the films Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980) and Prem Rog (1982), returned to films after a hiatus.[3]

Bhosle dedicated the film to her mother, who was also lovingly called "Mai". About her acting experience she says that she did not find acting difficult but also states that this will be her "only experiment with acting".[2]


The songs of the film are penned by Manoj Tapadia and Sahil Sultanpuri. The score is composed by music director Nithin R Shankar, who has previously composed music for the 2007 film Bombay to Goa. While Sultanpuri brings his first song "Dhakku Makum", Tapadia has previously written songs of the films Manorama Six Feet Under and Cheeni Kum, both of 2007.[4] The song "Dhakku Makum" features the popular Marathi traditional song "Yere Yere Pausa" which is sung by Zanaya Bhosle, Asha Bhosle's granddaughter. The song is a rain dance sequence choreographed by Lollypop, known for the choreography of "Aati Kya Khandala" and was released at Lalbaugcha Ganpati on 19 September 2012 on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.[5] The complete music album was released on 22 January 2013 by Sachin Tendulkar.[6][7]

1."Mai"Manoj TapadiaAsha Bhosle 
2."Chanda Ki Bindiya"Manoj TapadiaAsha Bhosle 
3."Dhakku Makum"Sahil SultanpuriAmit Kumar, Zanaya Bhosle 
4."Loag Yahaan"Manoj TapadiaSukhwinder Singh 
5."Learn To Adjust"Manoj TapadiaArjun Kanungo, Payal Dev 


Professional reviews
Review Scores
Source Rating
NDTV[8] 3.5/5 stars
Rediff[9] 3/5 stars
The Times of India[10] 2.5/5 stars
Zee News[11] 2/5 stars
Mid Day[12] 2/5 stars

The film released for audiences on 1 February 2013[13] with a grand premier on the previous night at Cinemax, Versova. The premier was attended by notable personalities of Bollywood like Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Sridevi, Tanuja, and more.[14]

The film proved to be average. In their review, various critics appreciated Bhosle's performance but criticised the film for clichéd plot.[10] Filmfare also appreciated Bhosle by writing that she "weaves magic but not enough to save a mediocre movie".[15]


  1. ^ "On acting adventure, Asha Bhosle says she's better off singing". NDTV. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Jha, Subhash K (30 January 2013). "'Mai' will be my only experiment with acting: Asha Bhosle". Dainik Bhaskar. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ashaji will surprise in 'Mai': Padmini Kolhapure". The Times of India. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Chaudhury, Bodrul (1 February 2013). "Mai Music Review". Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Asha Bhosle launches 'Mai' song at Lalbaugcha Raja". Mumbai: Zee News. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Khan, Asad (1 February 2013). "Sachin Tendulkar launches Mai soundtrack". The Indian Express. Mumbai. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Parker, Shaheen (22 January 2013). "Sachin Tendulkar to attend 'Mai' music launch". DNA. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Movie review: Mai". NDTV. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Someshwar, Savera R (1 February 2013). "Review: Asha Bhosle is earnest in Mai". Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Vyavahare, Renuka (1 February 2013). "Mai". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Yuyutsu, Arya (2 February 2013). "'Mai' Review: Asha Bhosle fails to save a dour story". Zee News. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Parker, Shaheen (2 February 2013). "Movie Review: Mai". Mid Day. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Offbeat Films on Offer This Friday; What's Your Pick?". Koimoi. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Star-studded premiere for Asha Bhosle's acting debut Mai". Mumbai: NDTV. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Gupta, Rachit (2 February 2013). "Movie Review: Mai". Filmfare. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 

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