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Mili gets an OTT premiere: When and where to watch Janhvi Kapoor's survival thriller on streaming platform

The Mathukutty Xavier directorial is the Hindi remake of his Malayalam film, Helen.

  • Aishwarya Vasudevan

Last Updated: 05.31 AM, Dec 30, 2022

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Mili, the survival thriller, has finally had its digital premiere, nearly two months after its theatrical release. The movie, which stars Janhvi Kapoor as the title character, can be watched on Netflix. Alfred Kurian Joseph, Noble Babu Thomas, and Mathukutty Xavier made the Malayalam movie Helen, which this movie is based on. Xavier, who helmed the original film, also directed the Hindi remake, Mili.

In the film, a young woman named Mili (Janhvi Kapoor) battles to survive after becoming unintentionally locked in a walk-in freezer at work, as her father (Manoj Pahwa) and boyfriend (Sunny Kaushal) start looking for her.

Earlier, while talking about the shoot process for Mili, Janhvi told PTI that she would have nightmares about being locked in a cold, dark place since the film's production was so arduous. The actor recalls it having a significant impact on her mental health because, after finishing a shoot, she would go home and fall asleep, dreaming she was still in the freezer. Janhvi got sick, needed strong painkillers for two to three days, and even the director was sick.

The actor went on to say that it is not glamorous for sure if one spends 15 hours of their day in a freezer in a closed environment, sobbing for the majority of the day, with a rat that keeps gnawing on her fingers. She filmed for 20 days in a freezer made by the movie's crew at -15 degrees for Mili.

Janhvi also said that the director wanted her character to seem more real to the audience, so she had to put on 7.5 kg for the role. She added that there are moments when putting that much of one's emotional self on display for a movie liberates them as actors, and it did that for her. In such harsh circumstances, one feels naked and exposed, and being in front of the camera makes one feel especially vulnerable. As an artist, Janhvi needed to completely open up, and this persona gave her the chance to do that.

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