Tumhari Sulu – Not A Dirty Picture But Family Entertainer
Vidya Balan is a bankable actress in Bollywood. From Dirty Picture to her last release Begum Jaan, Vidya Balan portrayed varied characters with complete ease and understanding making her the most versatile actress. Tumhari Sulu is the directorial debut of Suresh Triveni and the film is all about the character of Sulochana, her family and her dreams. Let’s see what Tumhari Sulu can offer to its viewers.
Trailer: Tumhari Sulu
Tumhari Sulu revolves around the life of a middle class woman Sulochana aka Sulu (Vidya Balan) who is married to Ashok (Manav Kaul) with a son. Sulu is one of those “12th fail” housewives who participates in every competition and wins the prizes. One day she receives a call from a radio channel informing her that she won a pressure cooker as the prize. When she visits the radio channel to collect her prize she gets to know that auditions for radio jockeys are taking place, she manages to meet the head of the channel Maria (Neha Dhupia) and gives a quick audition. One things leads to another and Sulu becomes the radio jockey for a late-night show titled Tumhari Sulu. What happens next and in between her journey to become an RJ is all what the film is about.
There was a time when family-centric entertainers were quite popular and directors like Basu Chatterjee, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Gulzar made films which were out and out family entertainers; those films had the perfect balance of all the ingredients i.e. drama, comedy, music and genuine entertainment for 2 to 3 hours; Tumhari Sulu reminds of such films. The storytelling is effective, there are a few hard to believe sequences in the film but they are presented in such a way that they are easily digested by giving situational-cinematic liberty. Dialogues are first rate and relatable. The charm of Tumhari Sulu lies in its simplicity and reality-centric execution.
Vidya Balan transforms in a character that is so common in today’s society. She is adventurous, rebellious, caring and responsible all at the same time along with a dreamer. Vidya Bala is the soul of the film. When you have Vidya Balan in the title character, it becomes close to impossible to notice anyone else but Manav Kaul as her supporting and loving husband is brilliant. Manav proves again after Wazir, Jai Gangajal and A Scandall (not a mainstream film) that he is the most versatile and natural actor of finest caliber. The way he handles different shades in the film is commendable. Neha Dhupia is effective and her moves are still makes you recall the vivaciousness she had right from Julie (her debut film). Vijay Maurya as Pankaj is delight to watch.
Tumhari Sulu is one film which you can watch with your family; you will smile, laugh, cry and even clap in some scenes. There are many scenes in the film which shows the how talented Suresh Triveni is. He gives a perfect picture of professional and personal lives, what a common man goes through every day. Those who appreciate content, performances and clean entertainment will love Tumhari Sulu.
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