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3 Life Lessons from Tumhari Sulu

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3 Lessons from Tumhari Sulu are Quick Fix of Life’s Troubles

Tumhari Sulu, call it a movie, a radio show or a character, in every form it teaches us some lessons. Yes! after unleashing the absurd reality of cinema in the Dirty Picture, in “Tumhari Sulu” the versatile actress, Vidya Balan exhibits different familial and social roles, a woman plays in her life, every single day, and every single moment. A Higher Secondary failure, a youngest sibling among two banker sisters, a bubbly, friendly and caring wife and a typical Indian mother of an adolescent dreams to run a business or do a job.

Except writing a résumé and registering on the job portals, Sulu does everything to get a decent job. And, eventually she gets one. Sulu becomes an RJ and gets popularity as “Tumhari Sulu”. And then… The real story begins which throws light on some unanswered questions, unsaid rules and unwanted situations of everyone’s life (not specifically a woman) and ends with a few lessons to learn from.

3 Life Lessons from Tumhari Sulu
3 Life Lessons from Tumhari Sulu

1. It’s never too late to start – 
A failure in Higher Secondary School exams, wife to an ordinary clerk, living in a 1 BHK house could have believed that whatever she got will shape her future and all she could do is manage her house and children. But, she had dreams, tiny dreams where she has an identity outside her house and also a very wide scope where she can contribute with her passion, skills and hard work. An Indian woman in her thirties plans to have a decent respectable job, a promising career and an independent life. This shows the possible reality which seems impossible without any action. Sulu’s character is indeed an inspiration for those women who hold a secret wish and don’t act on it because they think, the appropriate time for them has passed, and the time remains after finishing all the chores isn’t enough to work for building career. Tumhari Sulu shows the possibility, all it needs is a proactive first move.

2. Lust and love –
If you have watched the movie, you must have remembered the scene when an old widower calls to radio station to talk to Sulu. He mentions, Sulu reminds him of his wife who has passed away. That one night, Sulu was the reason behind his smiles and happiness. What will you call that act of him, love or lust? The heart touching scene explains the difference quite clearly.

3. You stand for yourself, when your family approves societal rules –
The members in a family are committed with each other with unsaid promises to hold hands in difficult situation, but the irony is, sometimes they are the one, who does not hold you to offer support but pull you back when you need them the most. That mustn’t be a reason to abandon your dreams. Stay motivated by thinking about the beginning and about the better and stronger reason for why did you start everything. Start is justified when it has an end; if it is left on the mid-way, it loses its significance.

This way, Tumhari Sulu, the entertaining chick flick ends up teaching for an entertaining life that one, specially a woman can lead.

Written by: Pooja Mishra

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Review

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Movie: Hamari Adhuri Kahani                   English Title: Our Incomplete Story

Release Year: 2015                                    Country: India (Bollywood)

Genre: Romance, Drama, Tragedy            Language: Hindi

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review:

I watched this movie yesterday. Although, I had Hamari Adhuri Kahani on my laptop since its release, but due to my personal issues I wasn’t able to see it till now.

The film stars Emran Hashmi as Aarav Ruperel, Vidya Balan as Vasudha Prasad and Rajkumar Rao as Hari Prasad in lead roles. Talking about their acting I must say it was great to watch. Specially, Vidya Balan has acted the way she is recognized in Bollywood. Emran Hashmi too has looked convincing enough while Rajkumar Rao has provided the much required spark in the otherwise, slow movie.

For me the best part of Hamari Adhuri Kahani was its music and songs. I loved all the songs because they have “heart piercing” lyrics and beautiful music. You can check out the playlist Here:

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie
Emran Hashmi & Vidya Balan

Storyline:

Coming to story of this 2015 Bollywood movie, at first when you start watching Hamari Adhuri Kahani everything looks fine and goes in a definite direction.

There is a wealthy business tycoon  (Emran) who falls for a mother of one (Vidya). Vasudha is a typical Indian “Sanskari” woman who despite not seeing her husband for 5 years still wears “Mangalsutra” and waits for his return. However, it is revealed that his husband is apparently a wanted terrorist accused of killing American journalist.

When Aarav gives Vasudha an offer to work with his Dubai hotel after initially saying NO she agrees. Vasudha wants to raise her son Saanj and live free of her past. But, the movie goes haywire when Emran tells Vidya how much he loves her. Again she says NO at first, and then agrees after meeting his mother.

The movie feels like it has so many lessons under one chapter. There is a reference of ‘soul to soul love’, ‘women subjugation’, ‘women emancipation’, ‘terrorism’, ‘corrupt politicians’ etc.

And the problem is that all these doesn’t give a seamless experience to you as an audience. 2 hours seem very short time to show all above mentioned issues in a single movie.

Things Left Unexplained in Hamari Adhuri Kahani:

  1. How come Hari get to know Vasudha’s life when he was away from her for 5 years?
  2. How Aarav a poor boy became a hotel magnate and that too at a relatively young age?
  3. How come Hari who is serving a death sentence is set free only on the basis of one person’s testimony? Is it really that simple in India?
  4. Why did Aarav chose to take his foot off the landmine? When he could have asked Apoorva’s help. All he needed was to wait for the rescue team to come there.
  5. What happened to Aarav’s business empire and how could Saanj became a rich man despite Vasudha taking him away from his father to live a seemingly poor life?

My Verdict & Rating:

Despite of all its flaws I have rated Hamari Adhuri Kahani 8 out of 10. Yes, I did because of good acting and some great music. The movie is a no win, no loss affair. Watch it with your own wish and there’s a chance you will not regret it. Although going by the ratings and reviews by experts Hamari Adhuri Kahani is a must “Not Watch” film of 2015. But, I certainly don’t conform to this view.

Urumi – Movie Review

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Movie: Urumi ( ഉറുമി))

Year – 2011

Country of Origin: India

Languages: Malayalam (Mainly), Portuguese (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Rating:

6.9/10IMDb

70%Rotten Tomatoes

My Review of Urumi Movie: 

The story and screenplay of the movie is really good. The camera work is excellent which we don’t often see in Malayalam movies. Almost all locations are Indian and look exotic. The music and songs are really touching with no electronic music being used. All the characters in the movie have performed their part to perfection and especially the way they have been used is worth seeing. Each character has its part to play in the movie and they have done it in style. We don’t see any one being over used or under used. Even the characters of “Vidya Balan and Tabu” which are cameo, also moves the movie forward. The title itself is very interesting “Urumi”. Urumi is actually a sword that is traditionally being used in Kerala (a state in the southernmost part of India) for centuries. Many people today don’t know about this sword but the movie has once again made it popular. The movie takes up a very complex issue that the “Vasco-da-gama” now a world-famed explorer was really an “explorer or something more than that”. It also focuses on the issue that how the global powers have been exploiting Indians and their resources since centuries. Earlier they did it with the power of “gun” now they are doing it in the disguise of “globalization” and “international trade”. Urumi also tells that it is not just because of foreigners we are suffering, but there are many traitors among us also like the character of “Chenicheri”. Our nation can’t progress until and unless we get rid of people like Chenicheri. The movie also shows how Indian culture is made up of brotherhood and friendship by portraying Hindus and Muslims fighting together for their motherland. In the end it can be said the movie is a fine one in all aspects.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Prithviraj Sukumaran as Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar/Krishna Das: He has played his part to perfection and on many occasions you feel like as if he alone is carrying the film on his shoulders. His acting in both the parallel roles is equally good. In fighting and dancing scenes he has given a good competition to great Prabhu Deva in the movie.

Genelia D’Souza as Arakkal Aysha/Nominee of the Plot: She has acted brilliantly and done full justice to the character of “warrior princess”. We have seen a new “avatar” of Genelia in this movie which we are not accustomed of seeing. She is really looking great in all those fighting sequences and we must appreciate the fact that she has come out of her routine “bubbly girl” avatar in this movie.

All the other characters too have played their part well with Vidya Balan as Bhoomi doing a remarkable cameo in the movie. 

My Rating of Urumi Movie:

I have rated this movie 9/10 as I found the story and message in the movie wonderful. The way the story is cinematically presented is an experience in itself. The music and background score too throughout the movie is amazing and appeals to the senses. The locations for shooting are great to watch. 

My Verdict of the Movie:

If you believe there is more than Bollywood to “Indian Cinema” then must watch this one from Santosh Sivan. You won’t be disappointed…!