In short, ‘Tumhari sulu’, is about a happy-go-lucky middle-class housewife Sulochana, fondly known as Sulu, lands the role of a night RJ, resulting in drastic changes to her routine life.
There’s a been a recent flood of Bollywood movies empty of its typical glamorous shine with a focus on the lives of middle-class Indian households. Ad director turned filmmaker Suresh Triveni takes this into account in his big screen debut while writing the story around Vidya Balan as Sulochana or ‘Sulu’, a housewife whose accomplishments aren’t typically notable, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming big. When presented with a rare opportunity, her successive decisions & actions affect her husband, son and immediate family. As an evidence to Triveni’s ability as a writer, Sulu doesn’t lose her identity as she begins to experience the corporate media life as an RJ, walking the tight rope between her overnight fame and managing her domestic demands.
Vidya Balan is completely in her element, infusing Sulu with an abundance of catching hopefulness without being aggravating. She makes Sulu appealing by bringing out the various shades of a woman who has put her personal desires on hold because of her family. It also helps that she is surrounded by strong performances all around, in those playing her colleagues and loved ones. Manav Kaul, in particular, is perfectly cast as Sulu’s husband Ashok – a man trying his best to make his wife happy, but also faces work pressure that gets rebounded into anger. Also, her family isn’t too thrilled about her sweet-talking potential for the creeps on a nighttime show which fuels the drama around Sulu’s new career.
The sudden shift from being lighthearted to a serious drama is largely where the film weakens. Until then, there are entire sequences, especially with her colleagues which are thoroughly entertaining but don’t eventually add up too much.
A majority of the urban population will relate to the challenges faced by Sulu and her family, as we all struggle to live out our dreams of a better life. The essence of this story is ‘Main Kar Sakti Hun’, 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.