The Ladies Study Group hosted an exclusive premiere show of the new film, ‘Tumhari Sulu’ followed by a candid conversation with actress, Vidya Balan, writer-director, Suresh Triveni, and producer, Atul Kasbekar, moderated by Tollywood actor, Arjun Chakraborty on “Women- The Grit and Grace of Society”.
Vidya Balan wins us over with a charming film, which deals with real conflicts and dares to push boundaries hard. Vidya Balan plays Sulu, and she is superb in the part. She is a character filled with an indefatigable can-do spirit — her refrain in the film is a constant ‘Main kar sakti hai’. Her 1000-watt smile never wavering, her quicksilver expressions never failing to light up each frame…
Here, the homemaker is the hero who will surely have you at “Hello”!
Vidya was candid in admitting as she hailed from a middle class family, therefore she related to the film instantly. “Wohi pagal pan mujhe Sulu me dikha,”professed Vidya. She said, “I always wanted to work in the Land of Ray.” Vidya revealed the atmosphere in the set was conducive for all to give their best. Forty-two days of shooting was an effortless and a unique experience where positive energies came together and everyone on the set had a sense of ownership in the film. Vidya stated her take away from the film was “Main kar sakti hai – if anybody can, a woman can.”
Writer-director, Suresh Triveni unabashedly claimed being a fan of the maverick actress, Vidya Balan, and having the desire to work with her. He touched the Bengali sentiment by stating his work was influenced by great Hrishikesh Mukherjee and the legendary Gulzar sahib. On being quizzed by Arjun Chakraborty regarding the ending of the film, Triveni responded with equanimity, “I could not see Sullu giving up her Sulluness. Sulluness is all about optimism.”
Producer of award winning film Neerja, Atul Kasbekar said he looks for projects with its novelty and spaces that have not been occupied. ‘Tumhari Sullu’ is relatable and reinforces the magic of Hrishikesh Mukherjee films.
The mesmerized audience witnessed a surreal and a magical experience celebrating womanhood in all its many-hued glory followed by a selfie perambulation!