Reviewed By : Souvik Saha
Star Cast: Shilpa Shetty, Kusha Kapila, Dilnaz Irani, Pavleen Gujral, Amit Sadh, Chaitannya Choudhry.
Director: Sonal Joshi.
Director Sonal Joshi‘s “Sukhee” attempts to explore the journey of a woman who rediscovers herself after years of sacrificing her dreams for family life. With a promising premise and a talented cast, the film had the potential to be a compelling drama. However, it falls short in several areas, ultimately leaving the audience wanting more.
Shilpa Shetty, who possesses a unique screen presence, struggles to make her character, Sukhee, feel authentic. Despite being a small-town homemaker, Sukhee maintains impeccable makeup, manicured nails, and a level of vanity that doesn’t quite align with her character’s background. This disconnect makes it difficult to fully invest in her transformation.
Chaitannya Choudhry shines as Guru Kalra, portraying a man-child with entitlement issues convincingly. His character feels real and relatable, highlighting the flaws and complexities of everyday people. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for supporting characters like Kusha Kapila, Dilnaz Irani, and Pavleen Gujral, who, despite their potential, remain underdeveloped and serve as mere checkboxes in Sukhee’s journey.
Amit Sadh delivers a commendable performance, adding charm and depth to his character. However, his role, like many others, lacks sufficient exploration.
Director Sonal Joshi showcases a keen understanding of the world she aims to portray, but the film suffers from sanitization issues. Small-town settings appear unrealistically clean, detracting from the film’s authenticity. Additionally, attempts at Easter Eggs and tokenism come across as forced and fail to enhance the narrative.
The music, unfortunately, falls into the category of mediocrity. Even with notable renditions, such as Ali Sethi’s, the film’s soundtrack fails to make a lasting impact. “Chan Kitha,” in particular, lacks the depth and emotion needed to resonate with the audience.
“Sukhee” could have been a heartwarming story of self-discovery and empowerment, but it ultimately disappoints due to its inconsistent character development, lack of authenticity in its portrayal of small-town life, and a forgettable soundtrack. While it may have moments of charm and relatability, it struggles to leave a lasting impression.