Tumhari Sulu (2017)

Tumhari Sulu is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Suresh Triveni, which is also his debut directorial film. The film stars Vidya Balan and Manav Kaul in the lead roles.

The film starts with Sulochana Dubey a.k.a. Sulu (Vidya Balan), the nominal character, an ambitious and happy-go-lucky middle-class housewife who enjoys her life to the fullest, living in Mumbai with her really loving and supportive husband Ashok (Manav Kaul) and 11-year-old son Pranav (Abhishek Sharrma). Sulu, who always wanted to be a working woman, but her bad academic scores never fetched her a job, and always criticized by her parental relatives for the same reason, but every time strengthened by her husband in all her decisions. Sulu, who is also fond of participating and winning any contest around her, the surprising series of events lands her in the office of a radio station where she learns about the vacancy for the job of Radio Jackey. This little spark drives Sulu ahead for fetching this job where she meets Maria (Neha Dhupia), the head person at a radio station, who finds Sulu’s extrovert and engaging nature interesting and offers her a job of a radio jockey for a late-night relationship advice show. Despite the oppose by her parental relatives for this not so noble job, and so many difficulties faced in work-life-balance, Sulu finally accepts and starts a job which she thoroughly enjoys being an independent working woman but it comes at a cost of bittered relationships and compromised duties towards her family.

This unusual film is all about an aspiring middle-class housewife who tries to break the shackles of the day-to-day life of an ordinary woman and be a free and independent working woman against all odds. In the Indian families, housewives are always considered as the second class citizens, but this film firmly challenges this age-old thinking and delivers very lighthearted and funny tale of Sulu. Vidya Balan with her versatile acting skills has carried the whole film on her shoulders and given the believable character arc and true justification to the character of Sulu. Manav Kaul, who is cautious about picking his roles is just perfect in the film and serves the purpose right. Neha Dhupia comes as a total surprise package and justifies her role in all aspects. As the story moves ahead it seems choppy, and literally lost the connection between two consecutive shots. There are some flaws in the plot of the film but the engaging moments and performances cover it up.

Verdict : Tumhari Sulu is a courageous and fresh attempt to talk on unspoken things. Worth a watch.

Rating : 3.2/5

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