Tumhari Sulu movie review: All heart with added bouts of melodrama

Directed By:Suresh Triveni
Produced By:Bhushan Kumar, Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar, Shanti Sivaram Maini
Cast:Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, RJ Malishka
Duration:2 hour 20 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

She has dreams sky-high, with bouts of amusement that could even make a dejected soul burst into peals of laughter. She has the magic to turn around things in her fate so effortlessly that you would just sit and gaze at her antics. She is Sulochana Dubey, a housewife who finds happiness in even the tiniest of things. So what makes her journey so worthwhile? Let’s discover in the review of ‘Tumhari Sulu’, no wait ‘Hamari Sulu’ here.

In the suburbs of Virar, resides a lower-middle class Dubey family, comprising of an extremely patient and composed man named Ashok Dubey, his ebullient and ambitious wife Sulochana, and a 11-year-old child Pranav. Vidya Balan as Sulochana has a huge list of hobbies that could very well occupy two pages, rightly said so by her sisters who are frequent visitors at her house and her truest critics, constantly nagging and poking her for being a 12th fail, while they are bankers in their own right. That doesn’t bog down Sulu’s spirit as she experiences happiness in even the smallest of things. Be it a lemon and spoon race, anchoring in society programmes and so on. A prize from the radio station lands her at their office to collect her gift and her eyes gleam with happiness as she discovers that the radio station is looking for RJs. And as one would rightly assume, she lands a job as an RJ for a late night show called ‘Tumhari Sulu’. So much for being entertaining and bindaas.

The show is headed by Mariam (Neha Dhupia) while Pankaj (Vijay Maurya) becomes her trainer who easily metamorphoses her into the sensuous and sexy Sulu, who could easily give the men sleepless nights. And there kickstarts ‘Tumhari Sulu’, a late night show for men in need of a ‘saathi’. She very easily wins the hearts of her co-workers, but things are no more the same for her back home. You ask why? Because the society rules don’t ask for a housewife with a kid to anchor such a gratifying show in the night slot. There begins the tough task for a woman to choose between her desires and her responsibilities.

While we write this, there is nothing novel or unique that makes us sit back and say ‘Woah! This was different.’ Her struggles may seek a connection with housewives in particular, but the story-line doesn’t evoke distinctiveness. But yes, what sticks with us are the heartwarming performances. Vidya has time and again proved her prowess over acting and she once again manages to make us laugh out loud and cry at the same time. Manav Kaul as Ashoke Dubey, a man severely troubled at the hands of a young Boss in his garment factory seemed quite effortless and natural. He managed to effectively bring about a sense of calmness with tinges of angst in his performance. Neha Dhupia as Mariam Mam seemed pleasant and a perfect fit for the suave and happening boss. Vijay Mourya as Pankaj was too funny and endearing to see. Ahh yes, how could we forget RJ Malishka! Her role was confined to what she does best, RJying, and she managed to do a decent job. Not to forget the special cameo by Ayushmann Khurrana which adds enough glamour quotient to this slightly melodramatic plot.

Talking of the music, Tanishk Bagchi and Guru Randhawa’s ‘Ban Ja Tu Meri Rani’ is romantic and pleasing to the ears, while ‘Manva Likes To Fly’ is a hummable track. The recreated version of ‘Hawa Hawai 2.0’ is a peppy, crowd-puller. In its entirety, the songs blend well with the plot. However, there is no depth or a concrete way to convey the message of the story effectively. As much as we laughed our hearts out in the first half, the second half only made the wait tedious. A bit too stretched second half with unwanted doses of melodrama and predictability seemed as a letdown for us. So, if you want to enjoy a sweet yet melodramatic entertainer with your family, you can definitely give this one a try.

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A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

A delightful Varun Dhawan with a predictable storyline, makes 'October' an OK affair

Directed By: Soojit Sircar
Produced By: Ronnie Lahiri, Sheel Kumar
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu
Duration:
115 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:
3/5

Varun Dhawan is without a doubt one of the most sought-after actors of Bollywood today. The young actor has been giving frequent hits and proving his mettle in the industry, but it sure was high time that he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried his hands on something different. So for everyone who was tired of seeing Varun in masala potboilers, the actor did listen to us and how. His recent release ‘October’, directed by the impeccable talented Soojit Sircar sees Varun in a totally different avatar.

Living as a hotel intern, Dan (Varun Dhawan) is all about enjoying his life with his friends and living carefree. It is only when one of his colleagues Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) faces an accident and ends up in a hospital, which changes Dan’s life forever. The story unfolds as the careless Dan embarks on an emotional journey. He starts finding love in the strangest the places and the strangest of ways.

If you too thought of Varun’s forte lying in potboilers and comedy flicks, this movie is made to prove you wrong. The actor deserves an applause for Not only taking a risk of playing a role this complex but also for executing it’s so flawlessly. Dan is innocent and a brat at the same time. He will make you fall in love with him, and you will feel what he feels until the very last scene. Banita, on the other hand, is a revelation. She can go places if given the right path. The rest of the cast, especially Shiuli’s mother, Professor Vidya Iyer (Gitanjali) are fabulous playing their parts.

Shoojit handles the sensitivity of the plot brilliantly, it is however his direction which is not up to mark. The movie starts off nice but gradually gets into the boring zone. The parts shot in the hotel are sure to keep you hooked. However the hospital sections soon start to doze you off. Even after being a mere 1hr 56minute long, the movie seems to take a lifetime to end. The storyline is predictable and leaves no scope for suspense or surprise. The climax however is engaging and gets you thinking even after you exit the movie halls.

The camera work by Avik Mukhopadhyay is top notch, while the wound track goes well with the flow of the plot.

Overall,’October’ is about passion and love and is meant for the ones who do not believe in giving up easy. The film however lacks the Entertainment quotient and becomes tedious in the middle. Watch it for the performances.

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance

Missing movie review: An unconvincing tale led by Tabu’s brilliant performance
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Directed By: Mukul Abhyankar
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Vikram Malhotra, Shri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit, Roopa Pandit
Cast: Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee, Annu Kapoor
Duration: 2 hours
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu, two of the greatest performers we have in the industry. Both of them are known for being a part of good cinema, and when these two are starring in a film we would surely expect the movie to be fantastic. Well, Manoj and Tabu have come together after a gap of 18 years on the big screen with ‘Missing’ which hits the screens on April 6, 2018.

‘Missing’ is about Sushant (Manoj), Aparna (Tabu) and Titli (Aparna’s 3-year-old daughter). They come to Mauritius via cruise, check into a hotel late night, and next morning Titli goes missing. And then starts the hunt for Titli and during this whole searching scenario, twists and turns take place.

First all of let me tell you that ‘Missing’ has a very good concept. It had a potential to be a very good suspense thriller, it had the potential to make you sit back and think that what would happen next, and it surely had the potential to be nail-biting. But, writer-director Mukul Abhyankar, unfortunately couldn’t deliver a good suspense-thriller here. I am not saying that there are no good twists and turns, but the way they appear on the screen they don’t look convincing to make us believe. The sequences that should have been the highlight look too dull here.

Another thing that doesn’t really impress us is that the movie is based in Mauritius, but from receptionists in the hotel to manager to the police officers everyone there is Indian, even the people staying in the hotel are Indians. UFF!

The biggest disappointments of the movie are, Manoj Bajpayee and Annu Kapoor. The former in the first half is not at all good. However, he manages to impress us in the second half. Talking about Annu Kapoor, he is a very senior actor, but his portrayal of police officer starts irritating us a bit after a point. I can’t blame the senior actor much for that as his character itself is not convincingly written.

The movie is saved by Tabu. The supremely talented actress does justice to her character and holds us throughout the film. What a brilliant performance!

Overall, ‘Missing’ is an unconvincing tale that leaves you with a lot of questions. Annu Kapoor mouths a dialogue again and again in the film, ‘Something is wrong’, and that’s what you will feel while watching the film.

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