Operation Mom - How I got my mother a life and a man
YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE FUNNY MELODRAMA COMEDY FAMILY ACTION CRIME
MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP, TEEN IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT, FRIENDSHIP
SET IT UP, BECAUSE I SAID SO, GILMORE GIRLS
ILA ISHAM. 17. SARCASTIC, FUNNY, SMART.
DEEPALI. 17. ILA'S BEST FRIEND. SMART, DIVA GIRL TYPE, POPULAR.
DEV. 17. ILA'S CRUSH AND DEEPALI'S BOYFRIEND. SMART, GOOD-LOOKING GUY.
VEENA ISHAM. 45.ILA'S MOM. JOURNALIST, ALWAYS WATCHING ILA'S STEPS.
AUNTY MALEEKA. 40S. VEENA’S BEST FRIEND. BOLD, DARING, FUNNY.
POPS. 40S. ILA’S FATHER. FUNNY, EASY-GOING.
Ila, a Mumbai-based young adult is going nuts with her controlling, single mother who prevents her from stalking her pop idol. Mom wants her daughter to date real guys in a lead up to finding a husband. But Ila decides that the only way to get Mom off her back is by finding her a boyfriend instead.
Target Gender: Female Leaning
Main story: contemporary Mumbai + possibly flashback scene to London in the 1980s; (subsequent books/shows/films in the series - Los Angeles)
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: with a Publisher
Publisher: Harper Collins India
Year Published: 2015
Seventeen-year-old Ila Isham's obsessive Mom needs a life. Her floozy BFF Deepali, opines that the only way to do this is to set Mom up (unbeknownst to her) on a blind date through the dating apps. This becomes Ila and Deepali's new summer project which the girls rightfully call ‘Operation Mom!’
Mom’s big blind date with the handlebar-mustached Colonel Jhunjhunvala, crescendoes into complete chaos with Mom flipping out and sending the unknowing Colonel Jhunjhunvala after Aunty Maleeka to woo her, instead of having dinner with him herself!
This is a situational comedy about life in contemporary India detailed for international audiences interested in diverse/South Asian narratives.
Hard Copy Available
ISBN-10 : 9350297272 ISBN-13 : 978-9350297278
Mature Audience Themes
Information not completed
Plot - Other Elements
Plot - Premise
Rebellion Against 'The One',Other
Main Character Details
Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Confident,Crazy,Engaging,Educated,Insecure,Naive,Underdog,Modest,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Funny,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Clumsy,Gracious,Flexible,Faithful
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Leader,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Seductive,Sophisticated,Sexy,Modest,Decisive,Blunt
Additional Character Details
Name: Veena (Mom)
Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Badass,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Educated,Leader,Modest,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Skillful,Visionary,Strong Moral Code,Charming,Decisive,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
Name: Aunty Maleeka
Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Clumsy,Crazy,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Greedy,Obedient,Sexy,Selfless,Outspoken,Funny,Seductive,Unapologetic
When you try to set your mom's life right, be prepared to have your own life turned upside down. Seventeen-year-old Ila Isham has serious problems. There's the angst of being an Ali Zafar groupie, for one. Mom clearly doesn’t approve because she wants her daughter to date real guys instead. Then there are the extra layers of adipose she owes to her Punjabi roots. Add to this, parents who have separated; an enthusiastic best friend whose idea of variety is dating three guys at the same time; and her mom's best friend, Aunty Maleeka, whose good intentions and savvy ways throw up more problems than solutions - and Ila's got her hands quite full. When her mother flips out over her plans to stalk Ali Zafar, Ila decides she has had enough and sets out to create a few distractions to keep her mom busy. The only way to get Mom off her back is by finding her a boyfriend. So, contrary to what is customary in India, she becomes her mother’s matchmaker instead. With a little help from BFF Deepali, Aunty Maleeka and Dev of the inviting chocolate-pool eyes, Ila will have to brave everything from Tinder and Bumble profiles to meeting handlebar-mustached colonels and middle-aged psychos, as she tries to set up the perfect parent trap for her unsuspecting mother.
COMEDY, ACTION, ROMANCE
Ila, a Mumbai-based teenager, is going nuts with Veena, her controlling, single mother who prevents her from stalking her pop idol, Ali Zafar. Veena wants her daughter to date real guys in the lead-up to finding a husband. But Ila decides that the only way to get her mom off her back is by finding her a boyfriend instead. With the help of her best friend Deepali, her crush Dev and her mother’s best friend Maleeka, they will come up with a plan to make it happen by setting up Veena's profile in dating apps.
Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, it is accurate.
Draw of Story
The narrative is funny and engaging, full of witty remarks. It’s set in contemporary India and features a wide range of ethnicities spread throughout Mumbai and natural integration of technology and pop culture references. It’s fascinating to learn more about Mumbai and its people while still subverting some traditional conventions.
Despite the narrative taking place in India being fascinating, there were many words and terms in Hindi lacking explanation, making it a challenge to grasp. The audience can use context to understand what they mean, but since it is never completely clear, it sometimes makes it confusing. Including some examples in action or even a glossary might be helpful.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
Operation Mom is aimed at encouraging young people to think about their mother's life after they are born. The story offers an insightful look at the mother-daughter relationship, and particularly the transformation mothers must undergo as they raise their children in the right way. It's a humorous fiction young adult story filled with twists and clever lines that will keep the audience entertained.
It has the potential of attracting a large following due to its fascinating and unique characters. The story is engaging, funny, witty, and definitely appealing to young adults.
This is an engaging narrative with great potential for drawing the attention of the Awards that exposes the audience to a variety of ethnic situations happening around Mumbai, making it a great candidate for International Feature Film or Foreign Movie. It’s also interesting watching how the Indian and Western cultures blend together.
Similar Films/TV Series
SET IT UP, BECAUSE I SAID SO, GILMORE GIRLS
What’s New About the Story
Operation Mom is unique in the way that it encourages young people to think about their parent's life as a person and promotes the delicate balance of raising a kid with the traditional values in the modern world. In addition, it draws parallels with the Indian and Western cultures merging while adding pop culture references.
The characters are captivating and memorable, each with their own personality and as real as those around us. Veena and Ila's dialogues are brilliant and witty, filled with sarcasm as they always are. Deepali gives the story energy whenever it starts falling down. Aunty Maleeka is another interesting character that keeps the narrative alive, bringing in wild ideas to create a chaotic scene.
Uniqueness of Story
Operation Mom is a humorous fiction young adult story filled with twists and clever lines that will keep the audience entertained. The plot of a girl trying to redirect her overly involved mom’s focus, just so she can stalk her pop idol, makes for an amusing storyline, along with the presence of fascinating characters. This narrative is also full of witty remarks. It’s set in contemporary India and features diverse ethnicities spread throughout Mumbai and natural integration of technology and pop culture references.
Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Network, Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming
Operation Mom is unique in the way that it explores essential topics such as the relationship between parents and children while using humor to do so. It also highlights the diversity of their characterization and localization, featuring a wide range of ethnicity. The story has the potential to become a great TV show or rom-com movie.
Ila, a Mumbai-based teenager, is going nuts with Veena, her controlling, single mother who prevents her from stalking her pop idol, Ali Zafar. Veena wants her daughter to date real guys in the lead-up to finding a husband. But Ila decides that the only way to get her mom off her back is by finding her a boyfriend instead. With the help of her best friend Deepali, her crush Dev and her mother’s best friend Maleeka, they will come up with a plan to make it happen by setting up a profile in dating apps.
What We Liked
Operation Mom is a humorous fiction young adult story filled with twists and clever lines that will keep the audience entertained. The plot of a girl trying to redirect her overly involved mom’s focus, just so she can stalk her pop idol, makes for an amusing storyline, along with the presence of fascinating characters. This narrative is also full of witty remarks. It’s set in contemporary India and features a wide range of ethnicities spread throughout Mumbai and natural integration of technology and pop culture references.
Film: Operation Mom would also make a great rom-com about Ila’s journey to find her mom a date along with the mother-daughter relationship. It’s also a compelling visual story that takes place in Mumbai with local descriptions, exploring the beating heart of the town, as well as portraying its people with authenticity while still subverting some traditional conventions.
TV: Operation Mom would make a great TV show. The mother-daughter relationship story has elements of comedy, romance, suspense, and puzzles. As you gradually get involved in the story, it will raise many questions: Will Ila be able to find the right match for her mom? Is her mother going to accept her plan? How does Ila’s idea spice up her own life? Ila connects with several characters trying to set a date for her mom; her journey can be divided into several episodes that explore different aspects of each character.
Strong female characters.
International feature production.
Ila is a 17-year-old girl who's obsessed with Ali Zafar, a teen pop idol. The only thing she wants is to be able to track him down without her mother, Veena, constantly bugging her about it. So Deepali, Ila's best friend, suggested that Ila tries to find a life and a man for her mother, a freelance journalist who was always working.
They would arrange several dates for her without her being aware, setting up her profile on different dating apps. Due to Veena's lack of sex appeal, they are worried that nobody would be interested in her, so they would need Dev, one of Deepali's three boyfriends and Ila's secret crush, to help them with his writing skills.
Dev helped Ila set up Veena's profile on all the four major dating apps under the name Venus. It was when Deepali told Ila that she was dumping Dev because he was a perfectly good guy. Too good for her that every time he was around, she delved into a huge inferiority complex. It was just an excuse since she knew that Ila was in love with him and Dev was also interested in her.
Working in the apps, Ila came across different profiles, and some of them they chose to scope out. Most of them were weird, creepy, or had some red flags. At the same time, as Ila was going more into researching a man for her mom and being closer to Dev, she realized she was barely thinking about Ali Zafar anymore.
It was when they decided to arrange a blind date with one of the men from the apps, named Colonel Jhunjuhnvala. With the help of Aunty Maleeka, Veena's best friend, they planned to tell Veena that Maleeka was going on this date, but she wanted Veena to be there to make her feel comfortable. The only way to make Veena going with her was to invite Ila's father, to who Veena was separated and had a great relationship. They would have a double date, but Veena had no idea it would be her meeting Colonel Jhunjuhnvala. On the day, a confusing situation was installed, and in the end, Veena took the initiative to introduce Colonel Jhunjuhnvala to Aunty Maleeka, saying that she was actually his blind date.
Ila thought that Veena was mad with her for planning a date without her consent, but as a writer, Veena believed that the story would make an excellent screenplay. In the end, Veena said she was going to lose weight, enrolling in the flamenco class. And the presence of Pops (Ila's father) in her life was already enough. It was clear to Ila: Veena already had a life and a man. It was time to pivot from Operation Mom to Operation Dev.