STARS : ☆☆☆☆
Storyline: ‘Tumhari Sulu’ is a story of a cheerful, carefree and vibrant homemaker Sulochana (Vidya Balan) who lives with her husband (Manav Kaul) and son in Suburban Mumbai. Sulochna aka Sulu ( fondly called), is cute and happy go lucky in many ways and strongly believes in never-say-never or ‘Mai kar sakti hai’ attitude. Sulu is an extraordinary yet an ordinary woman who doesn’t let life get in the way of her happiness. She loves to participate in various competitions for winning and get some excitement in her otherwise mundane life. And then one fine day Sulu lands into a job of a night RJ, which results in extreme changes to her routine family life.
What Is Different: Vidya Balan in character of Sulu is affable. Falling in love with her is almost instant in the first half of the movie, where she takes us through her middle-class, utopian existence, which in parts is immensely relatable. Be it the household banter between husband and wife, her winning at Limbu-Chamcha’ race or the local ‘best mummy contest’, every scene has been presented in such an authentic way that you feel like you are with them watching them up close.
In one of the songs, we get to see Vidya wearing a cape like a superhero over her saree and making an act of flying. The message that the movie makers have kept across to the audience is so valid here, that shows that every housewife who is juggling her work and family is no less than a superwoman. The movie all in all is the best tribute to every woman who under the excuse of being labelled as a ‘house-maker’ often leaves behind her dreams and ambitions.
The first half of the movie is fast-paced and full of happy moments, and soon the drama unfolds and the movie moves organically and flawlessly to the second half, where you get more invested in progressing storyline.
Direction: First-time director Suresh Triveni weaves a story that is instantly likeable. The way the director has captured the essence, spirit of womanhood, is just extraordinary. No doubt he picked the best of the actors for the roles to play, still, his execution is flawless and needs to be acknowledged.
Music: The Music of ‘Tumhari Sulu’ is a mixed tape that you can listen to in a loop. Where ‘Ban Meri Rani’ a Punjabi number minus the dhinchak and loud sounds is a breeze and so is ‘Hawa Hawai 2.0’. The song ‘Rafu’ comes at a stage where the characters of the movie are torn apart due to circumstances and fits aptly to the situation.
Performances: Vidya Balan is one actress who doesn’t really need a big hero to make her movies work at the Box Office, and the actress has proved it several times with her past movies. And this time again, the way Vidya coveys Sulu’s simplicity and her childlike innocence with her amazing acting skills, you just get invested in the movie form the very first frame.
In the movie ‘Tumhari Sulu’ too, the actress has proved that she can portray any character with equal conviction. She carries the movie on her able shoulders with utmost ease and weaves the life of Sulu in no time with her fantastic performance. Her performance gets further enhanced by the fantastic support she receives from Manav Kaul who plays Ashok her husband in the movie. Neha Dhupia as her commanding Boss puts in a respectable performance too.
Every time Vidya and Manav are on screen the things look real, be it the comic timing, their flirting, the banter and even the fights, everything has depth and looks just so real.
Last Word: We all, at some point of our life have experienced ‘I can Do It’ feeling for a thing that looks far too difficult for us to handle, but still we wish to give it a try. ‘Tumhari Sulu’ captures that spirit of a homemaker in a funny, dramatic, engaging and entertaining way. Vidya and Manav’s Onscreen chemistry is something you are sure to fall in love with. FoodFashionLife strongly recommends ‘Tumhari Sulu’.