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

Tumhari Sulu Suresh Triveni
Rating: 3 out of 5

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

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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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My Birthday Song movie review: Has its moments of density among abruptions

Directed By: Samir Soni
Produced By: Samir Soni, Sanjay Suri
Cast: Nora Fatehi, Sanjay Suri, Zenia Starr, Ayaz Khan
Duration: 1 Hours 36 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

‘My Birthday Song’. That’s a bit too poetic for a psychological thriller. As if, a little less rasping. As if a bit mellifluous. Albeit, it gives hints of a birthday going eventful, probably in the wrong way.

Actor Samir Soni delves into making films with this one and opts for a genre that’s not yet prevalent in mainstream Hindi films. Does he succeed? Yes, and no.

Rajiv Kaul (Sanjay Suri), an ad-man with a neat house, a beautiful wife and two happy children, is like how those happy men in TV ads look. His postcard-ish life, however, is in for a hurricane one night. As he rings in his 40th birthday with a cosy party sans his wife at his residence, he meets Sandy (Nora Fatehi). And a romantic hiccup is assumed.

“Do you cheat?”, whispers Sandy. “Depends on whether it’s worth cheating for,” smiles Rajiv. I am smirking as they make out through a chain of sequences, actually beautiful to look at. A minute later. Sandy lies in a pool of blood, dead. Boom.

There begins the story. Rajiv wakes up on his birthday, to a cleanly done room with no blood and no trace of Sandy and thinks of it as a bad dream. But every tiny thing that he saw in his ‘dream’, starts coming true. And oh, the birthday party is tonight. Hence, the misfortune is supposed to happen tonight too!

Through the next hour, We’ve Rajiv running around like a possessed person, trying to set things right as if he has foreseen the future. Does he? Does he not?

Before we start analysing, ‘My Birthday Song’ had the ingredients of becoming so much more than what it is. It is a technically strong film with a potentially powerful story. Soni, who can’t escape glitches here and there, came up with a decent first attempt. At one point, the tense gets dense, and we start wondering if the characters we are witnessing are at all there, or are surreal. But surrealism is where it goes wrong as well.

After a few shifts between reality and surrealism, the thin line disappears and it is difficult to figure out which course is it following. Probably to make it psychologically tickling, Soni has added elements of hallucination, which is justified. But it is also necessary to place hallucinatory events in a way that they don’t disrupt a story’s rationality. Here, that happens.

Since the film majorly banks upon its events and not the number of characters, it is mostly shouldered on Sanjay. The intention was probably to allow us to sync in the uncertainity. But it results in the film losing pace.

Barring that, ‘My Birthday Song’ has its moments of cinematic expertise. Sanjay Suri is a delight to watch and Nora Fatehi is decent in her shoes. Australian beauty Queen Zenia Starr steps into Bollywood with this one, and will probably stay. I also like how the director’s approach is to move the viewers with subtlety. And I admit, it brings end with a climax I had never even imagined.

To watch or not? The call is yours.

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1921 movie review : Less spooky, more comical...

Directed By: Vikram Bhatt
Produced By: LoneRanger Productions
Cast: Zareen Khan and Karan Kundrra
Duration: 2 Hours 24 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1.5/5

Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has given us some good horror cinema in the form of the ‘Raaz’ franchise, so one would have high hopes from the director from his newly released horror flick ‘1921’. This fresh series is nowhere close to the last ‘1920’ series which was a decent horror fest.

To start with, the story begins with a young man named Ayush (played by Karan Kundrra) who shifts to London to learn music and works as a caretaker in a huge palace. Those times were all about royal palaces right? It’s barely been a month and the man with a penchant to heal through his musical skills starts experiencing paranormal activities in the house. So, he decides to seek help from a psychic medium named Rose, played by Zareen Khan who too is mesmerised by his music. The beautiful lady has earned this special power to communicate with ghosts through her late mother, or so she claims.

Together, they decide to unravel the mystery of finding the adhoori ichcha of the evil spirit looming freely in the house. Since this is the first evil spirit that Rose has ever encountered , the task is way too tougher for her than it seems. Will they succeed or they will succumb to spooky ghost? It is something you discover when you sit through two hours of mindlessness.

As simple as the story seems to be, the plot gets confusing and too boring with every progressing scene. The horror scenes are forced and predictable and even evoke laughter many a times. You know that something spooky awaits you in the next scene and you’re all prepared for it and more than getting scared, it makes you laugh out loud. The loud and spooky background music on every second scene just doesn’t help the immensely boring plot which tries its level best to scare you off your seats. Forced elements of romance between the protagonists makes it even more worse and to add to it, a dozen romantic songs to enchant the viewers which are more irritating than interesting.

We’ve seen romance in various movies but when the lead actors break into a romantic song after every four scenes, it somewhere starts scaring you, making you wonder as to where exactly the story is headed towards. And to add to all the agony, the ending will leave you cringing heavily because you wouldn’t really know what just happened.

Moral: Two good looking actors Alone can’t save the fate of a horror movie with their love story.

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