Tumhari Sulu and the Real Housewives of India

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Tumhari Sulu and the Real Housewives of India

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n Suresh Triveni’s Tumhari Sulu, Vidya Balan’s eponymous Sulochana Dubey, a middle-aged suburban homemaker plays an iteration of the Indian Everywoman. Like millions of married women across the country, she starts her day early in the morning, waking up hurriedly to cook breakfast, pack her husband’s and son’s lunch, while simultaneously doubling up as their alarm clocks and forcing them out of bed, and into the bathroom before readying them up for the day ahead. Once they’re safely out of the house, her me time begins. She’s no longer a mother, or a wife.

She is Sulu.

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