The epic Mahabharata in Indian mythology is indeed epic. Making a parody out of a part of this intense tale requires a lot. Mama's Boy deals with the section where Arjun wins Draupadi in her swayamwar and what follows.
The film starts with Arjun bringing Draupadi home where Kunti asks him to share her within all the five brothers, unintentionally. The rest of the story is Arjun's struggle to come to terms with the fact that his brothers will now "co-own" what is rightfully his. Naming a short film based on Mahabharata as Mama's Boy doesn't seem relevant but only until the film progresses to be pretty irrelevant to Mahabharata itself.
The film has a very interesting plot, which is lost somewhere between the writer trying to put a little too many jokes and innuendos. Directed by Delhi Belly writer Akshat Verma, the movie goes haywire after setting up a plot that shows great potential. Although the story doesn't seem very well worked on, they have definitely worked on the characters and costumes. The extra modern treatment to everything is the USP of this short film.
The best part of the film is the performance of each character. Be it Yudhisthir (Akshay Oberoi), a drunkard and gambling addict, Bhima (Arunoday Singh), a dumb body builder, Nakul (Vivaan Singh) and Sehdev (Jim Sarbh) as gay designers, Kunti (Neena Gupta) as a next door mom or Draupadi (Aditi Rao Hydari) as a flirtatious and sexy woman who owns her sexuality and is definitely not a victim of polygamy. And Arjun (Amol Parashar) as the only one not enjoying the situation and is the Mama's Boy. You will also get to see Late. Razzaq Khan playing Shakuni Mama.
If you have any idea of Mahabharata worked and know how idealistic the mythological characters generally are (with a few exceptions of course), this short film is definitely going to crack you up with its modern treatment.
This might not be the best that could have emerged out as a parody on Indian mythology but it is definitely worth a watch. Watch the short film here: