Tumhari Sulu

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Tumhari Sulu
Tumhari Sulu - Poster.jpg
Directed by Suresh Triveni
Produced by Bhushan Kumar
Tanuj Garg
Atul Kasbekar
Shanti Sivaram Maini
Written by Suresh Triveni
Starring Vidya Balan
Neha Dhupia
Manav Kaul
Abhishek Sharrma
Music by Guru Randhawa
Rajat Nagpal
Tanishk Bagchi
Amartya Rahut
Santanu Ghatak
Karan Kulkarni(background score)
Cinematography Saurabh Goswami
Edited by Shivkumar Panicker
Ellipsis Entertainment
Distributed by T-Series
Release date
  • 17 November 2017 (2017-11-17)[1]
Running time
140 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 20crore[2]
Box office est. 50.84crore[3]

Tumhari Sulu (English: Your Sulu) is a 2017 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Suresh Triveni and produced under the banners of T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment.[4]

The film stars Vidya Balan as the titular character, an ambitious housewife who becomes a radio jockey for a late-night relationship advice show. Manav Kaul and Neha Dhupia co-star as Sulu's husband and boss, respectively. Tumhari Sulu was released worldwide on 17 November 2017, both critical and box office success earned over 584 million on a 200 million budget.[3] The film received nine Filmfare Award nominations and won the Best Actress award for Vidya. It is being remade in Tamil as Kaatrin Mozhi (2018) with Jyothika reprising Vidya's role.[5][6][7][8]


Sulochana Dubey, nicknamed Sulu, is a middle-class housewife living in Virar with her family. Sulu enjoys her life to the fullest with her husband and a 11-year-old son. She dreams of being a working woman, but since she couldn't complete her high school she cannot think of any white collar jobs. Her elder twin sisters are always critical of her educational credentials and frequently mock her failed business ideas. Sulu is fond of participating in and winning any and every contest around her, be it a singing competition, an athletic event or a simple lemon and spoon race. Her husband, Ashok works as a manager in a tailoring firm, which is quite a frustrating job since everyone apart from him is over the age of sixty, including the owners. Most of them are either unresponsive or unreasonable. On top of it, the firm now is taken over by the grandson of the owner, who is very rude and treats him with disdain. Ashok bears all this for his family. Her son is constantly teased by a set of students, who sell magazines, CDs, etc., in school, which is strictly prohibited.

One fine day, Sulu wins a contest hosted by her favourite radio station. She receives a call from Albeli, the top RJ of the radio station. On the call, Albeli makes her sing. Sulu sings a retro song, which everyone at the radio station finds funny. Next day she goes to the Radio station to collect her prize. There she sees a poster of auditions for the position of a RJ. She is very excited and feels that this is the job she is waiting for. She insists on filling the form, which the receptionist refuses on some pretext or the other. Coincidentally, RJ Albeli walks in and feels that she must give her a shot. She takes Sulu to meet her boss, Maria. Sulu is extrovert and engaging, which is a bit annoying for others but Maria finds her interesting. She gives her an opportunity to audition. At the audition, Sulu is very casual and not able to control her laughter after Pankaj, one of the poets at the radio station, recites the lines in a sensual manner. Just at the end, she manages to say 'Hello' in a sensual manner, which impresses Maria. Maria gives her card and asks if she would be able to do a call-in night show - where people would call her to talk about their troubles. Maria gives Sulu time to think.

Sulu thinks about the job and the sensual accent in which she would have to answer the calls. Just to try out, she calls a nearby grocery store, talks in a sensual accent and requests the owner to get a broom. The owner excitingly comes to the address, only to find out that the floor does not exist. Next, she calls her husband and drives him mad.

Next day, she calls Maria multiple times to tell that she is ready to take up the job. As it happens, Maria is in a very difficult situation and is not able to receive any of her calls. Sulu is disappointed and sends a few messages indicating that she is ready to work. Next day, Maria realizes the passion behind Sulu's persistent annoyance and hires her. To start with, Ashok is annoyed with her that she took up the job without discussing with him but later relents out of his love for her.

The company provides Sulu pickup and drop facility. On her first day, Sulu faces an annoying caller who tries to change their chat into an obscene one. With her sharp mind, Sulu is able to tactfully handle it. Next, she gets a request from a caller to sing an out of the world kind of a song for him. Sulu, out of excitement, sings a song which she sings only for her husband. Ashok is annoyed by all this, as well as frustrated with his new boss who treats him rudely. Because of these two situations, he becomes angry and, at times, insecure.

Sulu's parents and her sisters are very angry with her program and force her to quit the job. But Ashok stands by her and she is able to continue. Maria is very happy with her and the show becomes very successful. Sulu also enjoys her work. But at times, Ashok expresses his frustration either at his job or hers. It seems that life is like a roller coaster ride for Sulu, high at work and low at home.

One day, she gets a call from her son's school and they visit his principal's office. The principal reveals that he is charging some other kids for showing some videos on the phone he stole from Ashok, as well as faking his signatures over the remarks written in his school dairy. On this basis, he suspends her son from the school. This becomes a very big issue in their family and Sulu's sisters blame her that because of her job she has neglected her son. They decide that she now has to leave the job and her son would not stay with them because her low level of education is causing similar influence on him. Sulu takes a tough stand, rejects both the conditions and leaves for her job. While coming back, she gets a call that her son is missing. They later find a note by him, revealing he is very ashamed of what he has done. He is very sad to see that his mother had to leave her job because of his actions. He requests his father to support his mother and her job.

Next day police find her son and bring him home. Sulu goes to her office and resigns. She feels that she is not able to handle the emotional turmoil at home. Just as she is leaving, she finds the receptionist having a fight with the tiffin service guy. Sulu has an idea and she requests Maria to give her the contract for the tiffin service. Next, we see Ashok managing the tiffin business and Sulu going to her job; managing both the household and her professional life in her own unique style.


  • Vidya Balan as Sulochana "Sulu" Dubey
  • Manav Kaul as Ashok Dubey, Sulu's husband
  • Vijay Maurya as Pankaj Rai Baaghi, poet and creator of the late night talk show at the radio station 'Radio Wow'
  • Neha Dhupia as Maryam "Maria" Sood, Sulu's employer at 'Radio Wow'
  • RJ Malishka as RJ Albeli Anjali, Sulu's colleague at 'Radio Wow'
  • Abhishek Sharrma as Pranav, Sulu's son
  • Ayushmann Khurrana as himself (Special Appearance)
  • Mahesh Pillai as School Principal
  • Sindhu Shekharan as Aradhana, one of Sulu's elder twin sisters
  • Seema Taneja as Kalpana, the second twin sister
  • Trupti Khamkar as lady cab driver
  • Santanu Ghatak as Sanjay, boss of Ashok Dubey
  • Uday Lagoo as Sulu’s father
  • Hitesh Dave as grocery shop owner
  • Sonel Singh as Girija - Receptionist at the radio station 'Radio Wow'
  • Vibhavari Deshpande as Constable



The official announcement of the film was made in November 2016.[9]


The principal photography of the film commenced in Mumbai on 25 April 2017.[4] The team started the shoot by performing a 'puja' which was attended and blessed by the mothers of the producers and director on 21 April 2017.


Tumhari Sulu
Soundtrack album by Guru Randhawa, Rajat Nagpal, Tanishk Bagchi, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Amartya Rahut & Siddhant Kaushal
Released 4 November 2017
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 16:02
Language Hindi
Label T-Series
Singles from Tumhari Sulu
  1. "Ban Ja Rani"
    Released: 16 October 2017
  2. "Hawa Hawai 2.0"
    Released: 26 October 2017
  3. "Manva Likes To Fly"
    Released: 3 November 2017

The music of the film is composed by Guru Randhawa, Rajat Nagpal, Tanishk Bagchi, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Amartya Rahut and Siddhant Kaushal while the lyrics have been penned by Randhawa, Nagpal, Javed Akhtar, Vayu, Siddhant Kaushal and Santanu Ghatak. The first song of the film "Ban Ja Rani" from Randhawa's 2016 album "Tu Meri Rani" has been recreated for this film and it was released on 16 October 2017. The second song of the film titled as "Hawa Hawai 2.0" from Anil Kapoor's 1987 film Mr. India has also been recreated for this film by music composer Bagchi and it was released on 26 October 2017. The third single to be released was "Manva Likes To Fly" which is sung by Shalmali Kholgade was released on 3 November 2017. The soundtrack was released by T-Series on 4 November 2017.

Track listing
1."Ban Ja Rani"Guru RandhawaGuru Randhawa, Rajat NagpalGuru Randhawa3:46
2."Hawa Hawai 2.0"Javed AkhtarTanishk Bagchi, Laxmikant-PyarelalKavita Krishnamurthy, Shashaa Tirupati2:58
3."Manva Likes To Fly"VayuTanishk BagchiShalmali Kholgade2:30
4."Farrata"Siddhant KaushalAmartya RahutArmaan Malik, Adityan2:32
5."Rafu"Santanu GhatakSantanu GhatakRonkini Gupta4:16
Total length:16:02

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2 December 2017 Star Screen Awards Best Actress Vidya Balan Won [10]
Best Supporting Actress Neha Dhupia (jointly with Meher Vij for Secret Superstar) Won
Best Debut Director Suresh Triveni Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male Manav Kaul Nominated
30 December 2017 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Female (Viewer's Choice) Vidya Balan Nominated [11]
Best Actor – Female (Jury's Choice) Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Neha Dhupia Nominated
Best Debutant Director Suresh Triveni Nominated
16 January 2018 Films of India Online Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Vidya Balan Won [12]
20 January 2018 Filmfare Awards Best Actress Vidya Balan Won [13]
Best Supporting Actor Manav Kaul Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Female Ronkini Gupta Nominated
Best Original Story Suresh Triveni Nominated
Best Dialogue Suresh Triveni, Vijay Maurya Nominated
Best Lyrics Santanu Ghatak (for the song "Rafu") Nominated
Best Sound Design Subhash Sahoo (for the song "Ban Ja Rani") Nominated
Best Choreography Vijay Ganguly Nominated
28 January 2018 Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Lyricist of The Year Santanu Ghatak (for the song "Rafu") Won [15][16]
Raag-Inspired Song of the Year "Rafu" Nominated
6 March 2018 Bollywood Film Journalists Awards Best Actress Vidya Balan Won [17]
Best Supporting Actor Manav Kaul Won
Best Story (Original) Suresh Triveni Won
20 March 2018 News18 Reel Movie Awards Best Actress Vidya Balan Nominated [18]
Best Music Tumhari Sulu Nominated [19]
Best Playback Singer – Male Guru Randhawa (for the song "Ban Ja Rani") Nominated
22 June 2018 International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Film Tumhari Sulu Won [20]
Best Story Suresh Triveni Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Actress Vidya Balan Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Manav Kaul Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Neha Dhupia Nominated
Best Music Direction Nagpal, Amartya Rahut, Santanu Ghatak Nominated
10 August 2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Director Suresh Triveni Pending [21]
Best Actress Vidya Balan Pending


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