Tumhari Sulu

wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?)

quick review:

Strong characters with even stronger performances let down by an awfully ‘meh’ climax. And such a bummer that most of the ‘fun’ moments made it to the trailer.

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Director: Suresh Triveni
Running time: 140 minutes
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You can expect everything but the normal from Vidya Balan and I love every bit of it. Just the trailer exposes you to this vivacious, warm, quirky woman Sulu. This ambitious housewife seems to have simple dreams and a dollop of confidence. A confidence that could make her the butt of jokes from people around her but ends up converting them into her fans.

It is interesting that you can make so much out about the characters from the trailer but not much about the story and its conflict. The makers seem so confident of their characters to draw you in! Can’t wait to know Sulu better!

Tumhari Sulu releases on 17 November, 2017.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Sulu is not a character you see too often in films. You can see the great deal of thought that has gone into writing the character. That is true for the other characters too. Unfortunately, the story meanders to the point of taking the entire film down with it, and along the way you have repetitive character traits and situations.

realistically written and executed ambiance makes even the most ridiculous stories believable … and yet it is voyeurism of middle-class lives

So, Sulu (Vidya Balan) is chirpy and we see a lot of those in Hindi films. In fact, the other radio jockey in the film, Albeli Anjali (Malishka Mendonsa) who is the regular brand of chirpy we see in Hindi films shows you how different Sulu’s chirp is. Sulu differentiates herself because of the milieu she belongs to – the simplicity of a middle-class family. She makes tea for her family and wrings clothes out of her washing machine with the same spirit as she performs as a radio jockey. Her vigor and humor is indefatigable. She is so comfortable with her personality and sees perfect sense in the most impractical ideas she wants to follow through on. And yet she is more comfortable when she is by herself in the quiet of her day – you see the same content when she talks into the mic and has become oblivious to the people around her. For a person with a relatively conservative background, she is extremely non-judgmental. She thinks it is perfectly fine for her to take calls from horny men at a late night radio show, as a jockey. In fact, her charm and grounded attitude towards callers converts people who laugh at her to people who laugh with her.

Sulu is no feminist. She is not struggling any more because she is a woman. Being a wife and mother to her son is a part of her being. Her relatively more-accomplished sisters (Sindhu Shekharan and Seema Taneja) are working women who put her down with their dad in an almost Cinderella-esque manner. They ask Sulu’s husband, Ashok (Manav Kaul), who is prince charming of his own kind, to talk sense into her. But, it still have nothing to do with feminism. Collectively, they are not upset because Sulu has taken up a job being a woman. They are not happy with the kind of job she is doing. Ashok begins to get bitter not because she is working but because she is talking to horny men in her sexiest voice. He is romantically jealous, not necessarily professionally so.

And yet, the feminism comes through in the subtlest of forms when a passer-by woman police officer is dropping her child to school while asking him to make sure he eats well. Many characters who are not usually women are being performed by women in Tumhari Sulu - from the night-shift cab-driver (Trupti Khamkar) to the radio station’s head (Neha Dhupia) to the police officers on night duty and even the sisters who mentally harass Sulu – any of these roles could have been assigned to men and we wouldn’t bat an eye. But, women in these roles, made the film more feminist than it would have been if Sulu had to fight for her right to do the job she likes against a dominating husband or father.

Objectification too is highlighted in an indirect way. At one end you have Sulu who is taking calls from men, who would most likely be calling because Sulu’s sultry voice makes them horny. At the other end you have Ashok who seems to be living a typical married life with a weekly/monthly limit on sex. And at yet another end, you have their pre-teen son, Pranav (Abhishek Sharrma) who rents out adult magazines and CDs to his classmates. Tumhari Sulu doesn’t bother with making a value judgment of any of these, it just puts it out there.

Note how you know so much about the side-characters. It is a shame then, that despite the warmth with which each character is written – even Ashok’s irate boss or the writer for Sulu’s radio programme (Vijay Maurya) – the story comes across as forced and relatively lame with of course, one of the weirdest resolutions in films. It is almost like the three broad departments of writing – story, characters and dialogue are different skill sets.

It has always surprised me how realistically written and executed ambiance makes even the most ridiculous stories believable. The middle-class setting of a suburb on the outskirts of North Mumbai – with tiny houses which have living rooms that double up as dining rooms, that house families who consider Rs. 40,000 per month as a well-paying job – make you want to believe the ridiculous, fairy-tale like chance that Sulu gets to become a radio jockey. This is despite the low-income texture being forced down on you with close-ups of clothespins and cluttered sills. In fact, there were times when I thought the audience was being made to look down up on this setting with amusement as if the makers were writing an essay on – “the other life in urban suburbia: look at them, this is how they live” - middle-class porn of sorts.

Sulu is no feminist. She is not struggling any more because she is a woman. Being a wife and mother to her son is a part of her being.

The songs that interrupt the story seem forced too. Except for one song, the rest come across as avoidable fillers.

At its heart then, are the performances by one and all. Since, most of what you enjoy in Tumhari Sulu is the characters, it wouldn’t have worked out if it weren’t for able performances across the board. There is no way to know, relate and connect with the characters, to the point of being in tears in an otherwise comedy film, without the actors taking on their characters as their selves. Yes, I realise having one piddly paragraph for the actors when they have all done so well is not fair. But, words and more words praising each remarkable performance isn’t good enough either. The only way to do justice to performances of this caliber is to watch the film – if you can watch a film only for its characters and the performances, that is.

- meeta, a part of the audience

36 reviewers(?) - 23 yays 12 so-so 1 nays

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Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...But I often felt these well-written defly-performed characters belonged to a better more cohesive and sharply written film. ... full review

Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, TUMHARI SULU is a lovely, endearing tale though the long length and the slow pace of the film might play spoilsport. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...The climax of the movie is very well unfolded , in fact you can wonder at the writing skills of director Suresh Triveni and you keep wondering is he a better director or a better writer or both.... full review

Thumbs up, by Maulin Parmar, Desi Martini : ...Come and see how far or close you are to be Sulu or her husband Ashok. Positive vibes, excellent message, fantastic performances. No violence, no below the belt. Just a few tear drops and a big smile. Year's best till date. So, 4/5.... full review

Thumbs up, by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini : ...This is a movie that entertains thoroughly while making a point about the challenges that women and families face when the lady of the house decides to explore life beyond her four walls. It makes you laugh and cry and makes you root for every inch of the way. This is a must watch.... full review

Thumbs up, by Zinia Bandyopadhyay, Desi Martini : ...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! ... full review

Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, DNA : ... it would’ve made it twice as appealing. Go for this one — if you want to know the recipe for what makes ordinary people, extraordinary. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...But there's absolutely nothing wrong with Tumhari Sulu just the way it is. Vidya Balan's zany laughter keeps the mood light and that's what makes this film perfectly feel-good and breezy.... full review

Thumbs up, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...If you are in the mood for a sweet family drama that has a generous helping of comedy and excellent performances, then make sure to watch Tumhari Sulu. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Anita Iyer, Khaleej Times : ...Head to the theatres this weekend to watch this simple slice of life movie! You can definitely connect with their daily struggles in some way. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...Tumhari Sulu is one of those films which makes you smile while you leave the cinema hall. If not a masterpiece, Tumhari Sulu is a monumental piece by the master Vidya Balan. Watch it to fall in love with Vidya all over again. ... full review

Thumbs up, by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Live Mint : ...You can hear Sulu’s, a.ka. Vidya Balan’s, full-bodied laughter echoing in your ears long after you’ve left the theatre. You can also hear her sultry, deep greeting on radio -- “Helllow”. For the best part of writer-director Suresh Triveni’s slice of life comedy-drama, I had a smile on my face. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...This film, where Vidya shows up as a vivacious, fat Virar aunty, embodying all the compassions and contradictions within a modern desi woman, is not an exception, by any means. It is really as good as it gets.... full review

Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Nevertheless, if you are a Vidya Balan fan and are in the mood for a light-hearted family fare, Tumhari Sulu is perfect for you...... full review

Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Director Suresh Triveni draws from his ad-film experience to assemble a tightly-knitted story but loses focus in the second half. His most effective contribution here is a memorable sequence which plays out over the course of a song — we see Sulu's career flourishing and her husband's plunging.... full review

Thumbs up, by Raja Sen, NDTV : ...Tumhari Sulu is a special film, the kind where you know what is going to happen and yet texture and detailing give you much to marvel at. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Kirti Tulsiani, News18.com : ...From start to finish, Sulu resembles someone we have all seen in our life. Someone that Vidya brings to screen like no other could have and someone we’ll see in a different light now onwards. If English Vinglish gave housewives an identity, Tumhari Sulu breathes life into their existence. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...Yes, Sulu laughs a little too much and for too long, overdoes the 'happy happy joy joy' bit. But Vidya Balan's talent shines through and you are happy to let the warmth of the film envelop you like your favorite quilt. Â ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Be it Neha Dhupia's glamorous, easy-going radio head, Vijay Maurya's comically proud poet, Sulu's disapproving twin sisters, the Punjabi receptionist, the 'conjuncti-virus' struck tiffin service, the listener who is reminded of his wife in Sulu's hearty laugh, the well-meaning lady cabbie, every significant and secondary character strikes a chord in Tumhari Sulu with its inherent 'humarapan.' ... full review

Thumbs up, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Balan delivers the belly-shaking laughs and heart-wringing tears with equal deftness. Sulu has her listeners at hello, but Balan scores from the moment she enters the frame all the way to the final close-up, where her face fills the screen and illuminates it.... full review

Thumbs up, Sify Movies : ...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. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Neil Soans, Times of India : ...The essence of this story is 'Main Kar Sakti Hai', and with such a refined and affable actress as Vidya Balan in the lead, it is lovingly captured in 'Tumhari Sulu' making it an entertaining watch for the whole family.... full review

Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...Saurabh Goswami camera keeps the tonality in syn with the basic taste of this light-hearted, slice-of-life film. We like how the filmmaker has kept everything understated, simple yet magical. The only issue happens to be the pace of the first half. You would want to jump a little and straight away skid to the second part. ... full review

So-So, by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Vidya Balan and Manav Kaul are wonderful in Tumhari Sulu. And despite its exasperating folly as it draws to a close, Tumhari Sulu is a throat-achingly, side-splittingly hysterical entertainer. ... full review

So-So, by SUPARNA SHARMA, Deccan Chronicle : ...They are naturally, beautifully Mr & Mrs Ashok. Balan can turn on the heat and up a scene's emotional wattage with a look. She is insanely expressive and invests Sulu with all her warmth. Neha Dhupia is both — good and very annoying. She has a strange patronising edge to all that she does. The twin sisters very, very good. Watch Tumhari Sulu for Kaul and Balan. They make the cutest maddier couple.... full review

So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Film Companion : ...But through these bumps, Vidya doesn’t falter. She is a bulldozer flattening out the flaws with her blazing performance.... full review

So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The career woman- mother conflict isn’t brought out well enough and its eventual resolution is even more peculiar and unsatisfactory.... full review

So-So, by T J Reddy, fullhyd.com : ...Watch Tumhari Sulu for the embodiment of brilliance that is Vidya Balan, who is single-handedly worth the price of entry. ... full review

So-So, Hindustan Times : ...Tumhari Sulu, sadly, fails to maintain the high tempo as its main protagonist faces reality on her success ride. ... full review

So-So, by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today : ...All said and done, Tumhari Sulu is enjoyable and sweet, and a real family comedy. It does make you forget your mid-week blues, and you go home a happy person. ... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Tumhari Sulu isn't a perfect film, but it is definitely well worth a viewing as much for the quality of the acting and for its technical finesse. In any case, a film is easy to fall in love with when Vidya Balan is this stupendous. ... full review

So-So, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...But Tumhari Sulu belongs to its leading lady, and Vidya Balan is so good in it, she glosses over many of the script problems and gives us a protagonist so compelling it’s hard not to succumb to her charm. ... full review

So-So, by K K Rai.Reena, STARDUST : ...Vidya Balan is the soul of the film and her fans would find the fare irresistible. However, the slow pace and repetitive nature in the first half could curtail interest of the viewers. Go for Vidya Balan and watch the film. Above average! ... full review

So-So, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...The assertion comes way too late. But then she doesn’t represent a radical break away anyhow. It is about adjustments within the status quo, however unconvincing it may feel or however different you may want it to pan out for yourself. ... full review

So-So, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...Adequate technicalities, a disappointing musical score barring the catchy Ban Ja Rani song, all in all, Tumhari Sulu scores all its brownie points courtesy Vidya Balan. Take her out and there is really nothing much else for the film to stand on. A pity because Triveni truly had something substantial going on here to build upon. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...repetitive and stretched... full review

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Want to Watch, by TimELiebe : Love Vidya Balan, Sounds Like an Interesting Movie

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  • Violence: None
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A RJ talking in a sultry voice. Allusion to sex between a married couple. Pre-teen boys watching raunchy magazines, videos and CDs – though nothing to explicit is shown on screen.
  • Concept: The life of a middle-class, spirited woman
  • General Look and Feel: A light film

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The name Vidhya Balan associated to a project always gives rise to a real sense of anticipation.

Despite the fact that it has been 4 or 5 years since the last real superhit film delivered by Vidhya Balan. Despite the fact that due to the last 4 or 5 years of one flop after another she now probably has more flops than hits to her credit. Despite all this, every new project that Vidhya endorses gives you that feeling that this one will be an enjoyable film. That is the magic of Vidhya Balan.

And so I await this film. Of course, given the string of recent flops my expectations are bit tempered - but that should work out in the favour of the film.

Hoping to catch it in the theatre this weekend. However, if Meeta's review is not very positive then the plans might change ;-)

@Fan There you go! :D

@Fan, I think Vidya Balan has more flops than hits because she takes more risks as an actress, and doesn't protect herself as an actress the way Tom Cruise in the US does, say.

She's a lot like a young Jane Fonda that way, completely able to become a character and do whatever it takes, no matter how it makes her look - in THE DIRTY PICTURE, Balan played Silk as somebody who loved sex, loved attention, and would lash out if anybody got in the way of either without worrying she might come off as "unsympathetic". For an audience that wants mostly to be entertained, that kind of acting courage is "Too Much" for them - they'd rather have Salman Khan playing an overaged scamp, trying to crawl into their laps and make them love him no matter how awful he is.

Sorry I mentioned American actors rather than Indian ones above - I honestly couldn't think of any one in Indian Cinema that I know who is so swaddled in "Star"-ness that she/he is always protecting her/his image.


@TimELiebe: I agree with your opinion i.e.
Vidya Balan has more flops than hits because she takes more risks as an actress,

And I would also like to add that she is willing to take more risks as she is confident of herself, which reduces her insecurity. Very few Indian actresses fall in that category, I could off hand only think of Tabu from the current crop to be of the same league as Vidhya Balan.


Do you want to watch a light hearted, fun filled, enjoyable film​? Tumhari Sulu is waiting.

Nice simple film, based on the struggling lives of a lower middle class Mumbai family (if Virar can be referred to as Mumbai). Your typical difficulties to make ends meet in between an upwardly mobile society with the constant money splashing temptations, social and family pressures, work doldrums, dreams of being an overnight success in a new enterprise, and amongst all this the life moving on.

At times I found the film over melodramatic, and situations too exaggerated, but all in acceptable proportions.

Vidhya Balan is the star of the film. She makes Sulochana Ashok Dubey so much identifiable as your next door Sulubhabhi. She is so very realistic that as audience you connect fully with each celebration of a joyful event, and you feel her tears at each stumble in life. She plays to perfection a simple, spontaneous, ever optimist, innocent, charming mother housewife sister daughter neighbour. She is endearing.

Neha Dhupia did a superb job too. As your typical 2017 professional woman entirely focussed on career (and thanks to the director for not straying into portraying other facets), she puts in a commendable performance.

Manav Kaul is very believable too.

This is a nice light film. Simple characters, simple story line, simple execution. As if Basu Chatterjee donned the director's hat once again.

@Fan - Agree right back, especially regarding Tabu.

Though I'd say some of the younger actresses, like Shradda Kapoor, might also have that courage in them - but as a podcaster I listen to says, "We Await With Bated Breath...."

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