Tumhari Sulu review: Strong performances elevate this light-hearted film
Vidya Balan shines as the effervescent, determined, yet vulnerable Sulu
Friday 17 November 2017
Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Malishka Mendonza
Tumhari Sulu is the story of Sulochana Dubey aka Sulu (Vidya Balan), a middle class housewife with an indefatigable spirit who is in the constant pursuit of excelling and winning contests and competitions, which give her immense satisfaction. Perhaps subconsciously it stems from the fact that she is Class 12 fail as her banker sisters and father constantly remind her.
Sulu as she is fondly called, is always eager to participate in contests and win -- whether it is a night lamp or a pressure cooker. Her enthusiasm and confidence keep her going and her middle-class humdrum life does not deter her from giving these a shot.
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It is on one such occasion that she comes across the announcement for an RJ hunt and sets about pursuing it. How she becomes a popular RJ, on a night show, tastes success and yet, faces flak at home, forms the crux of this tale.
Director Suresh Triveni manages to create the middle class milieu complete with Sulu, her husband Ashok (Manav Kaul), a Manager in a small-time mill and their 11-year-old son, Pranav, to perfection.
Whether it is Ashok's constant bickering with the TV company for having sold him a faulty piece and thus seeking replacement or Sulu's family giving her advice to leave the RJ job at night, are all palpable instances that the audience can fully relate to.
A performance oriented light-hearted film, the treatment in some parts however is a tad amateurish. While the first half establishes Sulu, her spirited personality and her secret longing to prove herself, the second half drags and at times lays undue emphasis on unnecessary trivia, which makes for tedious viewing. A lot of the situations seem forced and trite, as if to create some drama.
Vidya Balan shines as the effervescent, determined, yet vulnerable Sulu. She is endearing with her simplicity and innocence as a middle class housewife, who unabashedly asks for a TV instead of a pressure cooker as she has already got one.
Ashok (Manav Kaul) excels as the loving husband, who willingly plays second fiddle to his wife, supporting her in her realising her dreams. A complete natural, he effortlessly slips into the role of a middle class husband and brings the right element of subtlety to his character.
Neha Dhupia as Maria, the big boss of Radio Wow fits her role like a glove and delivers with the requisite confidence and panache.
All other actors portray their roles with sincerity and shine on several occasions.
The music of the film is melodious and "Ban Ja Tu Meri Rani" is sweet and well-picturised. It brings out the chemistry of the couple.
The film has moderate production values but befitting the strata of society depicted. Nothing seems incongruous.
Tumhari Sulu review: 3 stars
Reactions from Social Media:
Rohan Vinod Mehra @rohanvmehra
#TumhariSulu is truly a gem of a film, one of my favorites of the year. Brilliant execution of an excellent script by @sureshtriveni. @vidya_balan and @Manavkaul19 deliver powerhouse performances. Congratulations @atulkasbekar @piyasawhney @tanuj_garg and the entire team!
Anupam Kher @AnupamPkher
#TumhariSulu beautifully unfolds the world of a positive, go-getter, funny & optimistic middle class Indian woman. @vidya_balan is supremely Superb. Everybody is so good. @Manavkaul19 is excellent. So is @NehaDhupia. Congratulations @atulkasbekar, #SureshTriveni & team.
Neelam Joshi @Nilzrav
OK. So I ended up crying in the last 10 mins of #TumhariSulu. Easily one of the BEST movies of 2017. A story of emotions, confidence, struggles and determination of a middle class Indian woman. MUST WATCH!! VIDYA BALAN is STELLAR. Direction Rating: 4/5.
Vivek Anand Oberoi @vivek_oberoi
Just saw #TumhariSulu, what a lovely film, absolutely loved it, brilliant performance by @vidya_balan, wishing @NehaDhupia @vidya_balan @mymalishka @sureshtriveni @atulkasbekar @tanuj_garg @TSeries ; team all the very best, this ones going to steal a lot of hearts!
Ashmit Patel @AshmitPatel
Watched #TumhariSulu last night. What a delectable little film. An absolute superlative performance by @vidya_balan and what a revelation @Manavkaul19 is. Congrats to the entire team @atulkasbekar @tanuj_garg @EllipsisEntt @priyagupta999 Releasing this Friday. Go watch
Raj Nayak @rajcheerfull
Watched #TumhariSulu. Beautiful story. @vidya_balan as Sulu will steal your heart! @Manavkaul19 @urfvijaymaurya @NehaDhupia are fab! @rjmalishkaa is herself. @sureshtriveni has delivered a nice family film. MUST SEE! Congratulations @atulkasbekar @tanuj_garg @priyagupta999!
.@vidya_balan breathes life into #TumhariSulu like no one else can! Albeit an inconsistent pace and an abrupt ending, you will walk out with a smile on your face.
Arshad Warsi @ArshadWarsi
One who stands out in #TumhariSulu is the writer-director @SureshTriveni His sensibility is too refreshing. #TumariSulu is a sure winner.
Tushar Joshi @TusharrJoshi
A small but imp scene in #TumhariSulu has @vidya_balan offering a transgender person a vacant ladies seat next to her in the bus. Nice touch! Wish more filmmakers went beyond gay jokes n cliches.
Haroon Rashid @iHaroonRashid
How is @vidya_balan so damn good?! Her phenomenal performance in #TumhariSulu makes up for any other issues I had with the film. A heart-warming feel-good watch! @TSeries @EllipsisEntt @tanuj_garg
So, #TumhariSulu is Vidya Balan's #Shivaay. Everyone is making their Shivaay this year. @NishantADHolic @BappiDa53680342 @teamrb_ @writers_gem @Omi_Tweeets
AMRITA RAO @AmritaRao
It's Women like You who are the real 'Sullu' in our lives.
U dawn th super hero cape & do the impossible!!
#TumhariSulu Is a clear Winner & an Inspiration.
Congratulations & Cheers to the #girlpower \m/ @vidya_balan
Pooja Hegde @hegdepooja
Through #TumhariSulu @vidya_balan shows us how truly versatile she is..from being this powerful lady in Dirty Picture to this endearing, ambitious cutie in Sulu What a performer! Go out and watch,you’ll c what I mean #amazed