Reviewed By :Souvik Saha
Direction - Suresh Triveni
Starcast : Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Malishka Mendonsa
What’s Good : Performances, Direction, Dialogues
What’s Bad : The slow pace of the film
Iconic Moment : Tumhari Sulu has plenty of shining moments. But for me, the scene involving RJ Sulu exchanging sweet nothings on her late night show with a lusty caller who can't pick between his two lovers and another one which involves an elderly widower who misses his late wife stood out. The emotional scene between Sulu and her son towards the climax left me moist-eyed.
What it's about: :
Even in her middle-class etopian existence, Sulochana aka Sulu (Vidya Balan) is an Indian 'Wonder Woman'. She wins every lemon-and-spoon race in her son's school and throws her dupatta over her back like a cape. Her elderly twin siblings are quite judgemental about her and keep taunting her about how she lacks a formal dgree but that doesn't bleak this home-maker's optimistic attitude in life. Sulu finally finds her voice when she lands a job as a late-night RJ. Her husband Ashok (Manav Kaul) is also quite supportive of her. However soon, her flourishing career hits a roadblock when her faceless stardom is seen as a reason for her domestic life to go awry and a means to neglect her role as parent. Her siblings too question the nature of her job and try to coax her to call it quits. Will Sulu give it up all easily?
Star Performance :
At the beginning of the film, we see Vidya's Sulu perfectly balancing the lemon on a spoon. That's exactly what the actress does with the film too. She packs a solid punch with the right amount of vulnerability, spunkiness and zany. You just can't take your eyes off her! Manav Kaul as her loving and docile husband shares an affable chemistry that's so unfeigned. Be it their joys of companionship or insecurities as a couple, the duo making a sparkling pair! Neha Dhupia as Sulu's boss Maria puts up a commendable act despite of a restrained role. Vijay Maurya is too much fun.
Direction, Music :
Suresh Triveni makes a smashing directorial debut with Tumhari Sulu. He gets you hooked to Sulu's life right from the first frame. What's endearing is that all his characters are quite relatable. Ban Ja Rani and Hawa Hawai top our favourites list. Followed by Rafu which has some really soul-stirring music and beautiful lyrics. Manva Likes To Fly and Farrata blend in the narrative well.
The Last Word:
It's rare to see women like that in both real and reel life. And Vidya Balan does it smartly. She doesn't make it a sobbing/serious matter, instead uses humor to normalize and drive home the point that women are sexual beings too. Watch Tumhari Sulu with this perspective and you will love it even more.
Reviewed By :Souvik Saha