The film’s director Samrouddhi Porey spent many years of her life as a practicing lawyer in the Mumbai High Court and revealed the story was loosely based on a case she learned about during her career.
Whilst she didn’t go into too much detail, it’s possible Mimi is based on the same story.
Foreign couples choosing to surrogate in India are common. Even though there are strict laws surrounding the surrogacy and treatment of the surrogate mothers, more often than not abandoned children slip through the cracks.
In 2015, a documentary entitled ‘Finding the Lost Boy, Commercial Surrogacy in India’ investigated the case of a baby boy from a twin surrogacy left behind by his Australian parents, because they couldn’t afford to raise him.
The case revealed the baby boy had not been trafficked and the High Courts of India and Australia should have never allowed the parents to abandon him.
Surrogate mothers themselves are exposed to a variety of issues including the possibility of death from suffering a ruptured uterus after too many pregnancies in quick succession.
Paid around £4,500 to rent out their womb, the pregnancy clinic’s often profit around £18,000 and don’t provide post-pregnancy care.
Stringent binding contracts add to the exploitation of mothers, and it is likely parents could choose to abandon their unborn child and ask for an abortion, as well as claim custody of the child in the future.
A new partial ban on surrogacy in India has halted the market to protect surrogate mothers and children, but surrogacy is still legal and ongoing.
The reality of ‘Mimi’ showcases a real surrogacy problem in India, pushed by commercial companies and suffered by low-class mothers and unborn children.