Tumhari Sulu: Vidya’s stellar performance adds much weight to this entertaining film
Movie Review by Dhanalakshmi R (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
The film traces the life of a determined and ambitious middle-class house wife, Sulochana aka Sulu (Vidya Balan) who struggles to juggle between her family and a late-night job as a RJ. The movie focuses on how a woman’s career is still considered to be secondary. The film shows a happy-go-lucky Sulu, who dreams to start her own venture and you immediately warm up to her.
Sulu is a mother of seven-year-old kid Pranav (Abhishek Sharma) and her husband Ashok (played brilliantly by Manav Kaul), works in a textile firm. Sulu likes to take part in small contests and win prizes. At a radio station contest she wins and while going to collect her prize, gets to know that they are looking for a RJ for late night slot. She decides to try her luck, impresses the channel head, Maria (Neha Dhupia, who plays her part perfectly) and the film thereon, looks at her journey as the ‘sariwali bhabhi’ who does a late-night show on radio.
However, one fine day she realizes that managing both family and a career is not easy, especially when she is discouraged by her sisters, loses the support of her husband and her kid gets embroiled in an unfortunate incident at school. The first half of the movie is positive and happy as it concentrates around Sulu, her family and her job. The second half of the movie turns immensely serious and you might find it a bit dragging towards the end.
The screenplay and the dialogues are phenomenal and add a solid backbone to the film. Director Suresh Triveni has created a few scenes that are so real that all of us might identify with one or more of them. Though the premise of the movie is very different, at one point of time you will get reminded of Sreedevi’s Hindi film, English Vinglish.
Vidhya Balan as Sulu shines throughout the film, easily alternating between humour and pain. Her infectious laugh will make you smile at various moments in the film. Neha Dhupia as Maria who is strong-minded woman with a golden heart also provides ample support to Sulu’s character. Manav Kaul, known for his character roles, gets to play a layered role and manages to make his mark even in Vidya’s towering presence.
The soundtrack by Karan Kulkarni is outstanding and fits the situation and the mood. Cinematographer Saurabh Goswami captures the spirit of suburban Mumbai and middle-class household perfectly.
Tumhari Sulu is an entertaining movie and showcases the potential of Vidya, the actress. It is out-and-out her film and she is back with a vengeance with Tumhari film after giving a slew of flops over the last few years. Watch the film for her and for all the women in your life!