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Movie review: 'Tumhari Sulu' is a rare gem
'Tumhari Sulu' might not be the most talked about or hyped film of the year but after its release, slowly but steadily, the film is winning the hearts of movie buffs.


It is not that the film has a spine chilling climax. If anyone is familiar with how content-rich films work, he or she might have even guessed the storyline by now. But then, what is it about a predictable film like Tumhari Sulu that still compels you to spend your hard earned money and quality time on watching it? Let's discuss…

Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, RJ Malishka, Vijay Maurya

Director: Suresh Triveni

IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Running time: 2h 20 m

Firstly, 'Tumhari Sulu' is like your favourite dish cooked by your mother. It's priceless and extremely honest piece of cinema. Suresh Triveni has cooked his debut dish with all the top class ingredients in accurate measure.

Secondly, cinematographer Saurabh Goswami has done a flawless lens work. He betters his previous performances of beautifully capturing films like 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' and 'Dolly Ki Doli'. Shivkumar Panicker has also done a commendable job with the film's editing. Karan Kulkarni's background music synchronised to the situations and minds of audiences too deserves a special mention.

Further, music of the film is no doubt a mixed bag. Music lovers of all genres of music would definitely find one for themselves. Kavita Krishnamurthi again creates nostalgia with her legendary "Hawa Hawai"; Shalmali Kholgade will definitely fly with your mind with her "Manva Likes to Fly" number; "Ban Ja Tu Meri Rani" is undoubtedly the most popular song of the film crooned by Guru Randhawa, who yet again excels. Another notable score of the film is "Rafu". "Rafu", which means the thread to connect, is a terrific coming together of maker-singer duo of Santanu Ghatak and Ronkini Gupta. It's a magical composition which has the merit to make it into any top-chart. After legendary Santanu Moitra another Santanu from Bengal has reached the Bollywood arena to mesmerise the audience. Ghatak has also acted in the film as the 'rude' boss of Manav (Ashok).

And finally, not to forget the excellent and experienced casting of the film! Manav Kaul (Ashok) is an actor who is any director's delight. The theatre actor cum director had played the antagonist in the film 'Wazir' really well and managed to shine in front of other actors of the film including Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. In this film too, he sets a new benchmark as a supporting actor. Kaul is surely another Nawazuddin in the making. He proves as the most valuable ingredient in the dish called Tumhari Sulu. Manav is undoubtedly the salt of this special dish. Neha Dhupia (Maria) is one of the most underrated actors of her generation and here she once again proves that she deserves to be cast as the lead actress of any women-centric film. Both Vijay Maurya (RJ Pankaj) and RJ Malishka (RJ Albeli) as usual look convincing in their respective roles. Interestingly, Malishka had also mentored and trained Vidya Balan in 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai'. Ayushmann Khurrana plays a perfect cameo as Vidya's guest on her radio programme. And last but not the least, Sulochona urf Sulu aka Vidya Balan with her effortless acting easily slips into the title character. From a lovely housewife to a scolding mother; from a wannabe radio jockey to the face of women empowerment, Vidya is truly matchless.

For its honest and complete team-work, 'Tumhari Sulu' is a must watch.

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