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Tumhari Sulu Review: Vidya Balan is back!

  • Zinia Bandyopadhyay

    Zinia Bandyopadhyay (83,223 DM Points)

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    Desimartini | Updated - November 16, 2017 11:05 PM IST
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    Verdict - Watch the movie for the impactful opening scene, for the taut script and the absolutely delightful performances.

    Tumhari SuluWatch trailerRelease date : November 17, 2017

    Seldom do you come across films that celebrate the humdrum and the monotony of everyday life. That waking up right in the morning, waking up your family, making food for them and ensuring that everything is tip-top before they leave, the routine can pull any soul down. But this time Bollywood has dared to make a film that would celebrate this routine and yet find a way to go beyond them and celebrate dreams and ambition. Kudos to Suresh Triveni and team for offering this brilliant film.

    The film is about a middle-class housewife, Sulochana aka Sulu. She competently manages her home and is proud of her achievements, be it coming second in the balancing race or first in an antakshari competition in a queue of another event!She wants to do something, but all she is reminded of by her family and even her husbands is her failures. When she says that she can do something and asks for help from her husband, he jokes nods to the plan, almost everytime without fail!

    The film portrays patriarchy in the most real way possible. It is never exhibited through something out and out, but you realize how deeply seeded it is when you look out for the little details in the film. The nameplate outside her home says "Mr. and Mrs. Ashok" (as if Sulochna has no identity of her own), her voice as the sexy RJ in a midnight show is disapproved and called disrespectful, while all her husband does is sort fights and work like a peon despite being in a seemingly reputed position; and it is conveyed by her family that taking care of the child is the prerogative of only the mother. In fact, you realize that the patriarchy is so deep even inside us that at a point we do feel like saying that it is so good of the man to be taking care of the child in the absence of his wife. But isn't that his basic duty, just like his wife's?

    Thanks to the superlative performances by Vidya Balan and Manav Kaul, the film is a delight to watch. The way they convey emotions, the tiff between achieving dreams and keeping at bay the insecurities respectively is absolutely brilliant. The film stands out as much for the performance as for the taut script.

    But there is one thing that disappointed- the climax. Why did it take a child's letter for the man to realize that he should support his wife, as his wife supports him? And would the man really experience a complete change of heart just like that. Possible but maybe a little hurried and far-fetched.

    The cameos are worth a mention in the film. You see the transgender activist Gauri Sawant, former RJ turned VJ turned actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana and the immensely talented set of street hip-hop dancers! Equally noteworthy are the supporting roles essayed by Neha Dhupia, RJ Malishka and Vijay Maurya.

    The cinematography is again perfect, capturing the little things with extreme details. The music would stay with you, especially Manvaa Likes To Fly and Rafu!

    Watch the movie for the opening scene, for the taut script and the absolutely delightful performances. This film is definitely a must watch!

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