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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'Dhadak' Movie Review: Ishaan-Janhvi's love saga is full of innocence and old-school romance

'Dhadak' Movie Review: Ishaan-Janhvi's love saga is full of innocence and old-school romance

Directed By: Shashank Khaitan
Produced By: Dharma Productions
Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khatter
Duration: 2h 30m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5 stars

How will be this ‘Sairat‘ remake was the initial thought in my mind while I stepped inside the theater to watch Karan Johar‘s production ‘Dhadak’. Considering that Karan was launching two new faces in Shahid Kapoor‘s brother Ishaan Khatter and Sridevi‘s daughter Janhvi Kapoor, just like Nagraj Manjule did with Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar in 2016.

No, I am not going to compare the 2016 hit Marathi venture with Janhvi-Ishaan’s labor of love. As ‘Sairat’ had its own raw touch and feel with characters with Marathi dialect and storyline set in rural Maharashtra, ‘Dhadak’ takes us on a trip to the land of sand dunes, Rajasthan, with the perfect Mewadi dialect. I will not talk about who aced it well but it surely connects us with the plot of this love story.

Not wasting much of your time, let us glance through the minute aspects of this saga, one point at a time.

Plot

Set in the land of palaces i.e Udaipur, the film begins with tickling our funny bones as Madhukar (Ishaan), son of a small restaurant owner, daydreams about his love or say love at first sight Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor), daughter of a powerful politician, Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana). The love saga of the two begins with the first scene of the film.

While the cute nok-jhok of Madhukar and Parthavi runs through the first half, side by side; we witness the calm before the storm- which is the beginning of the casteism, societal and parental pressure and political inclination.

As much as the half piece of this cake focuses on the two head over heel in love couple, it throws light on the impeccable of bonding of Madhukar with his friends Purshottam and Gokul.

On the other hand, the next hour of Janhvi-Ishaan’s love story gains momentum as we witness the battle between love and castism. How the two move from Mumbai to Nagpur and then to Kolkata, in order to find shelter for themselves, with a constant fear in mind of them being caught, builds the crux of the second half of this love story.

But as much as the second half seems promising initially, Janhvi-Ishaan’s love saga takes a back burner with an abrupt end, which ultimately left me thinking whether it will have a sequel to it or maybe the director, Shashank Khaitan was short of words to complete this love-story?

Performances

Ishaan Khatter steals the thunder in this one with his comic timing, natural acting, and the Mewari dialect. The actor doesn’t look like a one film old wonder as he holds the fort with his charming personality. In almost every scene you would connect with his eyes while his action does the rest.

Coming to his friends Purshottam(Shridhar Watsar) and Gokul (Ankit Bisht), these two are playing their part in the best way possible. Purshottam will make you go ‘aww he is so cute’ every time he appears on the big screen. This trio’s friendship is one of the major highlights of this saga.

Moving on to the Heroine of the film Janhvi Kapoor; she does her bit with class and is pleasant to one’s eyes. However, she fails to draw out attention due to her poor dialogue delivery in few scenes.

Ashutosh Rana, who plays Janhvi’s father, lacks the cruelty which is needed for his character, though he stands out in some scenes, whereas, Aditya Kumar, who plays Janhvi’s brother (Roop), has a short lifespan in the movie, yet has a fair play.

Direction and Cinematography

Shashank Khaitan who has directed films like ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ and ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya’ in the past, has done a great job with his vision of capturing the cutesy love story.

Vishnu Rao, who is the cinematographer of this saga, captures the picturesque locations of Udaipur and Kolkata, but somehow fails while capturing the close up shots. However, he manages to capture the innocence of the two leads.

Music

The first half of the film showcases three major songs- ‘Dhadak title track’, ‘Zingaat’ and ‘Pehli Baar’ were too much for me to handle. Still, the three melodies blend with the plot of the film.

‘Vaara Re’ which is played in the second half, is equally good.

You might not have liked ‘Zingaat’ but once the song is played on the screen you will surely groove to its beats.

Overall the music by Ajay-Atul is praiseworthy.

What’s Good

Ishaan Khatter’s natural on-screen act.

Janhvi Kapoor’s innocence.

Crisp Storyline.

Bang-on Music.

What’s Bad

Janhvi’s poor dialogue delivery in few scenes.

Placing of too many songs in the first half.

The slow pace in few scenes of the film.

Final Verdict

Go and watch Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter’s labour of love with a fresh thought of not comparing the same with ‘Sairat’. They will surely leave you wanting for more.

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'Soorma' Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh as Flicker Singh hits the ball straight into the net

'Soorma' Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh as Flicker Singh hits the ball straight into the net

Directed By: Shaad Ali
Produced By: Sony Pictures Networks Productions, Chitrangda Singh, Deepak Singh
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Angad Bedi, Taapsee Pannu
Duration: 2h 11minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3 stars

Over the years, every Bollywood movie freak around the globe has been treated with loads of movies based on the life of great personalities. Even though only a selected few strike the chord into our minds and hearts. But at the end of the day, the responsibility of making it likeable for the audience, lies on the shoulder of a person who decides to don the hat and present the life of the popular persona on the silver screen.

So, when a person like Shaad Ali opted to bring forth the life of the legend of India Hockey, Sandeep Singh onto the celluloid, imagine what a task it must have been. With so many expectations from his fans across the world, Shaad opted for a risky genre and we here to tell you if this risk is worth your while or not.

Let’s decode together whether Ali and his entire gang, has done a fair play or a foul one.

Plot

Soorma‘, tells the heroic tale of a man who carved himself as flicker Singh in the Indian Hockey’s history and in the corner of every Indian’s heart. While we had heard that the sports drama will particularly shed light in Singh’s comeback, ‘Soorma’ has much more on the platter for you than just that.

Tracing Sandeep’s (Diljit Dosanjh) journey from his childhood, the movie starts by talking about the protagonist who swears by his passion of becoming a hockey player, but with not much scope to take it forward, he gets back to being a normal teenager only to later fall for a girl,Harpeeet Singh (Taapsee Pannu), who again happens to be a Hockey Player.

Moving on, we are introduced to the sudden uprising in Singh’s life, wherein he enters the Indian Hockey Team and that too for a reason. A reason that cannot be revealed. Thus the first half of the biopic sheds light on the making of Flicker Singh aka Sandeep Singh.

However, the next hour takes you on a ride depicting his struggles. The problems he had to face post the unfortunate incident which paralyzes half his body.

Up till now, I am sure you have understood that Ali’s product has indeed more to offer than what has been already spoken in the public.

Acting

Diljit Dosanjh as the legend Sandeep Singh is a treat to the sore eyes. The ease with each Dosanjh has dwelled into the skin of character, is commendable. From his amazing expressions to the amount of hard-work he has put in to get into the skin of the character, can be clearly seen through his performance. Taapsee Pannu who plays Dosanjh’s love interest, is the unsung hero of this drama, just as her character in Sandeep’s real life. Speaking of Angad, who essays the character of Sandeep’s elder brother; he too is an asset to the drama. The actor lends full support to Diljit. Not forgetting the coach, vijay raaz, who got Sandeep back in the game, is a cherry on the top.

Now moving to the man behind the drama..

Direction and Cinematography

Shaadi Ali, though loses our attention for a few seconds in between, soon manages to tighten our seat belts with a few light scenes, every now and then. The film basically gains pace after an odd 30 minutes into the cinema halls, as the first few portion of Sandeep childhood are slow and boring.

As compared to the first half, which focuses more on the legend’s personal life, it is the second half that promises more interesting content, that the audience might come to watch. Cinematography wise, Chirantan Das hits the ball right, while highlighting each scene aptly with his vision.

Music

‘Ishq Di Bajiyaan’, the romantic track from this film, is soothing to one’s ears and can surely make it to your playlist of romantic songs. On the other hand, the ‘Soorma Anthem’ gives you a reason to look at your life more positively. Summing up, the music by musical trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy do not disappoint and goes well with the flow of the film.

Final Verdict

If you are a true-blue patriot by heart just like our legend Sandeep Singh, do watch his heroic tale in the cinemas near you.

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