His name appears in Truecaller with an combined tagline of “Tumhari”, and we consternation where is “Sulu”. Suresh Triveni, who has destined a film in question, is utterly happy with this development, pleasantness synthetic intelligence. “I am shamed with all a messages and phone calls we have perceived per a film,” says a debutante director. Tumhari Sulu, with Vidya Balan as a eponymous Sulu — or Sulochana — expelled final Friday to soap-box reviews and decent box-office collections.
The film is a story of a middle-class housewife (Vidya), who ends adult being a late-night radio uncover host. Her “hello” — a opening nod for a uncover — is a moist entice that binds a lot of promise. With that premise, she doubles adult as a late-night confidante and advisor, and lends a peaceful ear to all a travails that her callers (all of them male) are facing.
Triveni says a story started holding figure in his conduct a integrate of years ago, while he was pushing behind from work one night, and listened a masculine RJ correlate with a womanlike caller. “The tourist was articulate about how people plainly indulge in PDA these days. And a RJ was flirting with her, on air. And we was thinking, wow this is function in genuine time. But we wondered, ‘what if we switched a gender dynamics? Will people take to a lady being in assign of a conversation, and will they disclose in her?” says Triveni, 39.
Radio, a center whose genocide knell had been announced many times over, has always been on Triveni’s radar. While scheming for a film, large hours were spent listening to radio shows that allot adore recommendation and such. “I primarily found them humorous though we are also that partial of multitude that is some-more mindful than participant. Ever given a days of All India Radio shows where they review letters of people essay in from Ratlam and Jhumri Talaiya, we would consternation who are these people who make this bid to write in? And even now, when song is on a fingertips, who are these people who call in?” says Triveni.
Added to switching a gender roles, there was also a thing of late hours that had Triveni bending to a idea. “When a male works late hours, or comes home in a center of a night, it’s seen as a pointer of him being overworked and dedicated. But a lady is not accorded a same vantage. we wanted to move and hold on this instance of gender disparity, though not make it complicated with gyaan,” adds Triveni, an adman by profession, with a famed Mauka-Mauka IPL ad to his credit.
Triveni is a self-confessed Vidya Balan fanboy, and has had many brushes with a actor in a past. On sets, he says he would mostly residence her as “Padma Shri”. “I had narrated a judgment to her in flitting and she seemed interested. we afterwards took a sabbatical from promotion and penned down a book in 29 days. Once we had narrated it to her, we were on,” he says.
But was Triveni not frightened to travel down a arena that had already been explored by Balan? She had already played a radio manoeuvre in Lage Raho Munnabhai and a clever woman, really assured of her sexuality, in The Dirty Picture. “I was certain that we will not echo what Vidya had already done. People insincere that, oh that moist hello, and late-night show, it will be dirty, though it’s not. Yes, Sulochana is a clever woman; in annoy of have flunked in Class XII, she takes this new career in her walk and redefines what success means for her,” adds a filmmaker.
Hailing from Palakkad, Triveni was lifted in Ranchi, and grew adult on a diet of Malayalam cinema and Amitabh Bachchan films. At one point, he had also wanted to join a Army. Then followed a career in advertising. “When we saw a print of Bombay (1992), a one with a red underline, that’s when we knew we wanted to make films. we consider we blink a center and a impact. We competence watch opposite things though we can’t intermix a importance,” he says.
For now, Triveni is shower it all in — a appreciation and a compensation that “this tiny though genuine film, done with a lot heart, has resonated with people”. “I am in no rush to pointer on projects. And yes, we wish to make many some-more films with Vidya,” says Triveni, staying loyal to his middle fanboy.