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More housewives will connect to `Tumhari Sulu?, says director

"Tumhari Sulu" will be aired on Sony MAX on Sunday

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The female protagonist is played by Vidya Balan and the film has already won Star Screen Awards. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Vidya Balan-starrer “Tumhari Sulu” will soon air on the small screen, and its director Suresh Triveni believes that due to the television premiere of the film, more housewives will feel connected to its protagonist — a housewife and radio jockey.

“I think with the television release (premiere) of the film, the story will reach out to a huge audience who usually do not go to theatres, especially middle-aged housewives…who missed out the shows, will now watch it on TV.

“I am hopeful that they will enjoy the film to know that not only in daily soaps but also in mainstream Bollywood, they have their representation…It will connect them emotionally,” Triveni told IANS here.

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The story of Tumhari Sulu revolves around a middle-aged housewife Sulochana Dubey who wants to live her life to the fullest by trying out opportunities that come on her way. And one day she becomes a radio jockey. Wikimedia Commons

Being a fan of Vidya, he said: “I wrote the story keeping Vidya in mind and I knew that she is the one to pull it off with her performance. Having said that, I was not sure of how much the audience would accept it.

“Yes, I am an eternal optimist and knew that if the audience feels connected to the story, they will celebrate it. Well, we are thankful that the audience accepted it.”

Asked how he looks at the change in new-age Bollywood where the story of a middle-class household is coming out more and more, the director said: “I think we are categorising them more than that of our early days of Indian cinema because there was always a well-balanced existence of Manmohan Desai and Hrishikesh Mukherjee in our Hindi films.”

“I think these days, thanks to media, we are talking more about these films. We always have an audience to appreciate such films, there was no dearth.”

“Tumhari Sulu” will be aired on Sony MAX on Sunday. (Bollywood Country)

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B-Town Actress Vidya Balan Wishes To Have Bigger Openings Than The Khans

Asked which actresses she has looked up to in Hindi cinema, Vidya replied: "I always looked up to Shabana Azmi

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Vidya Balan's next film "Shakuntala Devi" is directed and written by Anu Menon. The film is scheduled to be theatrically released on May 8. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Vidya Balan wants bigger openings for her films than the film industry’s male superstars. She adds that these are interesting times for actresses in Bollywood, for the way they are being presented on screen.

“I want bigger openings than them (the male superstars),” she laughed, and added: “I am greedy. I think it’s very interesting time in Hindi cinema. I really look forward to this decade. As a female actor at the age of 41, I am amazed with the variety of roles and the kinds of films I am being offered.”

Vidya has essayed several feted performances in films such as “The Dirty Picture”, “Kahaani”, “Tumhari Sulu”, “Parineeta” and “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” and “Paa”. She was last seen in the multistarrer “Mission Mangal”, which collected close to Rs 300 crore at the box-office. Her next release, a biopic of mathematics wizard Shakuntala Devi has already garnered ample buzz. It is often said Vidya is the only actress in Bollywood who guarantee a big opening at the box-office, like the Khans or Akshay Kumar.

Speaking at IIT Bombay’s Tech Fest 2020, Vidya pointed out the last decade has been one of significant change for actresses in Bollywood. “Over the past 10 years, the scope has increased and expanded. It’s a very exciting and exhilarating time. I can’t talk about my next film because it hasn’t been announced yet, and the film I am doing next does not belong to a genre that has been seen in Hindi cinema before. I am talking about a film after the biopic of Shakuntala Devi. It’s a genre one couldn’t have imagined and, for me as a female actor, it is interesting because I am the centre of everything in it. So, the game is changing bigtime.”

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Actress Vidya Balan wants bigger openings for her films than the film industry’s male superstars. She adds that these are interesting times for actresses in Bollywood, for the way they are being presented on screen. Wikimedia Commons

Asked which actresses she has looked up to in Hindi cinema, Vidya replied: “I always looked up to Shabana Azmi. She was one of the actresses with the voice. She was not scared to express her opinions and the kind of roles she picked for herself. She has a strong influence on me. In another way, Sridevi — because she was probably one the biggest commercial successes as a female actor. People say she used to command the same price as her male counterparts and people went to watch films because of her. She did a variety of roles and I loved her as an actor. Sridevi is a completely different person from Shabana Azmi. She was so quiet and withdrawn, yet she had commanding screen presence. She quietly did what she had to so. I think these are the women from the film industry I really admire.”

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Vidya Balan’s next film “Shakuntala Devi” is directed and written by Anu Menon. The film is scheduled to be theatrically released on May 8. (IANS)