Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Vijay Maurya and Malishka Mendonsa.
Director: Suresh Triveni.
Genre: Slice-of-life comedy.
Sulu, or Sulochana (Vidya Balan) is a middle class housewife, who dotes upon her little family consisting of her husband, Ashok (Manav Kaul), and son, Pranav. A cheerful woman, Sulu tries to find joys in life’s every little victory, be it in winning the lemon and spoon race in her son’s school, or the fastest sari-draping competition.
Her life revolves around her family and her various dreams of ‘doing something’ that will help her carve an identity of her own, and maybe help ease the load of her life partner, too. Despite all the difficulties, her’s is the idyllic life she makes for herself and her family. It all changes one day when she lands herself a job as a Radio Jockey.
I am sure many a housewife will relate to Sulu and her story. Housewives get the raw deal despite being the backbone of a family. Well, many do! For them, even after doing so much for their families, they are really “doing nothing” all day. Add to that, there are the constant jibes from certain family members on their “pathetic life choices, and their pitiful performances at every stage in life”.
All of these is what Sulu experiences in her life. But, fortunately for her, she has a loving and a supportive husband who stands by her side and encourages every dream of hers.
The chemistry between Sulu and Ashok is adorable, despite the fact that Sulu can be quite bossy at times. The loving mom in Sulu is the kind one sees around all the time. Indulging the children as well as venting out the frustration on them and then pampering them all over again.
Sulu’s twin elder sisters are the condescending kind, who find fault in every thing she has done in her life. I could so feel her suffocation when sandwiched between the two women, scrutinising and criticising every decision of hers.
And, yet, in spite of it all, Sulu manages to smile the contagious, heartwarming 1000 watt smile. A smile that shines brighter when she lands herself a job of an RJ after consistent efforts at trying to convince the channel’s boss (a gritty, yet soft-hearted, Neha Dhupia).
The scenes where she learns to modulate her voice into that of a sexy siren, trying to make her way into her listeners’ hearts were brilliant. It was after ages that I laughed till my sides hurt!
The comic scenes as well as the serious, tear-jerker ones, were all done with ease and finesse by this gifted actress. No beating her chest in despair at the unkind life she has been doled out, or crying hoarse for the opportunities she has to let go of because of her family. Just quiet acceptance of her sorrows and moving on in life, and trying to look for alternatives!
Manav Kaul as her husband, Ashok, was supportive in every scene as was Neha Dhupia and the rest of the cast. Not once could I see Vidya overshadowing her co-actors. In fact, not once could I see acting happening on the screen. It was a story of any other housewife being played out there! The kind one witnesses every day. Maybe that’s what makes this story easily relatable and so down-to-earth.
I know I am being partial to Vidya Balan – well, I am her fan – but the movie deserves 5 stars! Okay, make it 4.5. Although, there was really not a scene that certified a yawn in spite of it being a late night show and me down with a splitting headache. I enjoyed it, right till the end. Even the odd song or two thrown in to add to the story.
With film reviews, as with book reviews, it’s my experience of the film that gets shared. If I enjoyed the film, I speak of it in glowing terms, but someone out there might trash the film based on lack of suspense or thrill.
It’s not always that one wants to watch a crime thriller with edge of the seat suspense, or an emotional roller-coaster of a drama with tears flowing at every scene or a laugh-a-riot, slapstick comedy.
At times, all you want to do, is watch a film that’s breezy, simple and connectable. Nothing larger than life, but a slice-of-life kind of a story that gives us a few good laughs, a few tears and a lot of hope and warmth.
That’s all from me today.
Do let me know if you watched Tumhari Sulu and what you think about it. I would love to know your views!