Malayalam film Minnaminungu shows the struggles of a single mother (played by Surabhi Lakshmi) to support her daughter's education. The daughter has secret plans to get married and immigrate to Canada, which she hides from her family, though she feels guilty about it throughout the time when she makes her mother run here and there to arrange the required funds.
Minnaminungu looked like a serious version of Udaharanam Sujatha, a light hearted film which portrayed a similar scenario involving a mother-daughter relationship, a friendly employer (who also happens to be a writer in both the films), etc. We see a forceful and tiring depiction of contrasts of "poor and rich" repeatedly coming up in Minnaminungu - like a scene showing a traditional stone grinder quickly follows an electrical grinder; An old mobile phone and a high end smart phone, a pet dog getting fed a liter of milk every day, and so on. Though the narrative is realistic, the film mainly gives nothing but a déjà vu feeling. National Award winning performance by Surabhi Lakshmi is the saving grace of the film, which makes the climax scene especially touching.