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Unlike a typical feminist Bollywood heroine, Sulochana or Sulu (Vidya Balan) in this movie, is neither excelling in athletics (Mary Kom or Chak De India), nor is she on a mission (Kahaani), nor is she fighting for a right cause (Mardaani). Instead, film “Tumhari Sulu”, written and directed by Suresh Triven, is about a typical middle class suburban “housewife”, beaten down by her more ambitious and traditional family, buoyed by her love for her husband and son, and occasionally dreaming of a better life and yet perfectly happy with her life as it is.
Sulu’s life takes a turn when her obsession with entering small contests and winning prizes lands her in the role of a nighttime RJ and catapults her to fame. Her husband Ashok (Manav Kaul) works as a manager in a small tailoring firm and puts up with inefficiency, disdain and insults from his bosses, just to bring home a paycheck. With his wife’s entry into the workplace and resulting fame, Ashok not only has to deal with his work pressures in a dead end job, but has to pull higher load of responsibilities on the home front, while he is forced to listen to judgmental comments from others about his wife’s career.
How will Ashok and Sulu’s family resolve the new challenge that is rocking their relationship? Vidya Balan is highly entertaining as Sulu and Manav Kaul has played a strong supportive role. The challenges faced by this family may easily mirror those faced by many suburban middle class families and their experiences when gender roles go through a ringer. With fabulous cast and excellent subject matter, this film had a huge potential to be one of the social blockbuster films. Instead with unnecessarily elongated time, useless songs, weak climax and slow meandering pace, it seems to lose focus and fails to leave a mark.
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent, I rate it a 3.2 .
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Hindi - Bollywood Movie Reviews, Hindi - Bollywood Movie Reviews-- Play Reviews-- NAATAK-- Poems-- Event Reports, Movie Reviews on September 27, 2014
Rani Mukerji as Senior Inspector of Crime Branch, Shivani Shivaji Roy, is fierce, fantastic, and fearless in “Mardaani”, social problem focused, action packed film, directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films.
Shivani is in hot pursuit of a teenage girl whom she has rescued once and has come to love her as her own daughter. Clever in picking up clues, Shivani carefully seeks out her sources from the underworld. She treats one of her sources to a lavish meal and he offers crucial information, in turn. She thanks him saying, “mutton aur kolhapuri ke badle me achhi information dee re tune” and he responds, “bacchi ke liye dee hai, khane ke lliye nahi”. Now it is up to Shivani to follow the trail and unmask the moneyed kingpins spearheading the brisk business of human sex trafficking.
Shivani’s fearless ferocity to catch these nasty warlords of the worst kind of trade, is accompanied with some sleek dialogues. Walt, a grand mafia of sex trafficking tries to get Shivani to get off her pursuit of him. She tells him “mein gaanv me peda hui thi. mere ghar ke paas ek jungle tha aur usme bahot janvar rahte the, isliye janvar ki muje achhi pahechan hai.” When she catches Walt, he says nonchalantly that he can bribe people and get out of jail. She beats him and he asks if she will do encounter (a word used when a criminal is killed in police encounter, in India). She is equally nonchalant and responds “jab koi ek marta hai to use encounter bolte hai, aur jab pachas log marte hai to use public outrage bolte hai”, cleverly setting the stage for what is to come next.
Rani’s performance is superb, alternating with emotional intensity, as she sees her family getting caught in the cross-fire, and fierce determination to catch the dons of the underworld and save the girls kidnapped by them. The film is dealing with an issue of great societal significance. India is the world’s largest hub for sex trafficking, with over 40,000 children abducted to ply the trade. Every 8 minutes a girl child goes missing. This film has action, mystery, and stays focused on its goal and does not get sidetracked with romantic interludes or glitzy songs. Acting by everyone is perfect including Tahir Bhasin, Sanjay Taneja, and Jisshu Sengupta. But it is Rani Mukerjie who carries the film, plunging straight into business. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent, I rate it as 4.9.