Director: Suresh Triveni
Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Vijay Maurya and RJ Malishka
Director Suresh Triveni proves that a simple story can be told with a big heart. Tumhari Sulu is perhaps one of the most entertaining films of 2017. With its refreshing narrative, Tumhari Sulu is simply relatable and endearing.
Sulochana urf Sulu (Vidya Balan), is a chirpy and melodramatic housewife who is ambitious and awaits the right opportunity. Her husband Ashok Dubey (Manav Kaul) is an honest employee at a garment factory since twelve long years. The two lead a happy married life until Sulu gets an opportunity to host a late night show with tagline 'Saree wali bhabhi' on a radio station.
Station head Maria (Neha Dhupia) along with the show producer Pankaj (Vijay Maurya) and RJ Albeli Anjali (RJ Malishka) encourage Sulu to host the show. Her life changes upside down when her personal life goes for a toss.
Suresh Triveni subtly touches upon the issues of women equality and liberation. A journey of a middle class working woman is beautiful crafted by him. Despite of no hook point in the film, from characters to situations, everything is weaved quite well. Tumhari Sulu is an entertaining joyride with a progressive ending which is truly commendable.
Special mention to the art direction of the film, from a charger hanging from the socket to a double bed placed in the bedroom, from wet clothes drying on the ropes in the balcony to a simple wooden dining table in the corner of the drawing room, Sulu has a pure depiction of a middle class life of an ordinary working couple. Few moments in the film such as Ashok handling the house chores in absence of Sulu, listening to her sultry show and feeling embarrassed more than being proud as a husband, Sulu's nagging and orthodox family who discourages her to resign from her job, are touching and real.
Vidya Balan yet again proves her mettle with finesse. She is the master of her craft. With those chiffon sarees and a big smile, she looks visually appealing and enjoyable as Sulu. Her comic timing is impeccable. Take a bow, Manav Kaul, who carries the role of Ashok with so much ease. His chemistry with Vidya is inarguably the best. His frustration and tension at work is so genuine. Neha Dhupia does her part very well. You will like her as a station head in those flowy dresses and English accent. Rest of the star cast seems to be the perfect casting. Small kid, who plays Pranav, is good too.
Tumhari Sulu is a slice of life film which is worth your ticket price. It is engaging and has a massive social message. Don't miss this riveting tale of a middle class housewife-cum-radio jockey. You will definitely come out of the theatres with tears of joy!