Sukhee: A Tale of Rediscovery and Rebellion
Every now and then, a movie reminds us of the silent voices that society often mutes. ‘Sukhee’ is precisely that. A portrayal of a middle-class housewife’s midlife musings, it strikes a chord that resonates with countless women bound by societal norms. It offers a raw reflection of Sukhpreet Kalra’s journey, played by the elegant Shilpa Shetty Kundra, as she meanders through the maze of her life’s expectations.
Director Sonal Joshi’s ‘Sukhee’ is a revelation. When a school reunion invite disrupts Sukhee’s everyday monotony, she’s thrown back into the whirlwind of her past — a time when her identity was more than just the roles she played in her domestic life. There’s a unique beauty in seeing a film celebrating female friendships without diving into the cliched depictions of desire. This is truly where Joshi’s genius shines.
However, not all paths in this journey of self-discovery are smooth. ‘Sukhee’, despite its refreshing take on traditional domestic roles, sometimes meanders into the realm of slapstick. The humor, occasionally off-mark and repetitive, can be a mood dampener. While the theme remains promising, one can’t help but wish for a tighter narrative, especially when Sukhee takes off to Delhi.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra steals the show as she gracefully portrays the myriad emotions of a housewife battling societal norms. Her throwback to the 90s with her ‘Baazigar bangs’ and Govinda-inspired outfits is nostalgic, although the de-ageing might seem slightly overdone. Strong performances are also seen from Chaitannya Choudhry and Maahi Jain, adding depth to the story.
In all, ‘Sukhee’ is a commendable attempt at unearthing the trials and tribulations of a middle-class housewife seeking more from life. While it occasionally trips over its ambitious endeavor, it remains a tale that many will find relatable. For those seeking a heartfelt narrative of rediscovery and rebellion, ‘Sukhee’ might just be the weekend watch to consider.