Let me start by saying that what a spectacular casting this movie has ; it is lifted many notches by the sheer acting prowess of the lead cast. Vidya Balan as the aspiring middle class house wife and Manav Kaul as the loving and sometimes the typical husband have aced the role and how ! The movie's review must have been done to death by all and sundry ; but I am going to put my dime or two on why the film is teri meri kahani..
Vidya Balan is a home maker who aspires to break out of her housewife mold . Her family responsibilities so far had not allowed her to explore the possibilities of being a working woman and she partly makes up for it by participating in all competitions organised in the locality. She chances upon an opportunity of becoming a night time RJ and there starts her shot at living the life she always imagined !The job is a midnight caper that needs speaking sometimes saucily to the late night callers and keeping the buzz alive .The movie thus to some extent explores the trials and tribulations of a working woman and succeeds at it.
Why I loved the movie ~
a) At no point did I feel the film dropped its pace; it could have easily become a melodramatic affair but the actors including the supporting cast keep a tight leash on the proceedings and sparkle in their respective roles.
b) In many a households, we see the unfair comparison among the siblings, unintentional it may be; the jabs, the familiar taunts and the constant remainders of the failures of the lead by her twin siblings are shown here with a compelling sincerity. The pangs and the aches that follow is noteworthy and I gave a quite salute to her for putting up with them !
c) Many a times, the responsibility of rearing a child unfairly rests upon a mother alone and the film poignantly portrays it. In a particular scene when the parents are summoned for a misbehaviour on part of the child owing to peer pressure, the father unknowingly makes it out to be a mother's fault. Vidya's superb acting touched a raw nerve somewhere and that is how winning her performance is !!
d) I loved the heart warming relationship between Sulu and her man ; the warm banter, the winks and their favourite song in SPB tone all these and more empowers the devoted companionship of the lead and makes us believe in them and root for them even more.
e) The movie showcases real life problems, the one you and me are aware of ~ the instant stardom of the wife and the inadequacy of the husband to come to terms with her success , his own insecurities at his job front and a male chauvinism that pleadingly compels his wife to succumb to the family's wish of quitting her job are portrayed with an authenticity that is enchanting !
Frankly, if one were to critically discern this movie there would be many an eye sore but I totally want to soak up in the happy positivism of this film, and bask in the strong nod to the woman empowerment it highlights; It is high time we make more such movies and that alone will make up for any possible misses. And yes, I do look forward to how Jyotika adds her fervor in the Tamil remake of this movie.