Review of the film Sukhee: These Heartfelt But Dispersed Midlife Thoughts of a Middle Class Housewife

Review of the film Sukhee: These Heartfelt But Dispersed Midlife Thoughts of a Middle Class Housewife

An devoted middle-class Punjabi housewife in her 40s named Sukhpreet Kalra, also known as Sukhee (Shilpa Shetty Kundra), is experiencing existential crisis. Her boredom is broken by an invitation to the school reunion.


Review: Sukhee recalls her illustrious past, carefree life in Delhi as a teen, when she was adored for who she was as a woman rather than needed only to serve others and carry out her responsibilities as a mother and wife.

A desi movie about female friendship and desire that isn’t about  is at last available. Just for this, director Sonal Joshi merits praise.

She marries young and gives up her goals for love, and her story resonates because it reflects the inner anguish of practically every middle-class housewife.


Years of prioritizing the needs of others over your own do not gain you respect. Yes, you are needed, but do you feel appreciated? Women are traditionally trained to be content within this selfless area since doing so makes for the ideal bahu, bhabhi, or beti. 


Sukhee forces you to examine yourself as she decides to break away from the constraints of her domestic life and go back in time, much to the dismay of her daughter and husband, who immediately accuse her of being self-centered.


This dramedy, which follows a lady rediscovering her self-worth, has a lot to recommend it.

Some of the scenes are heartwarming, especially the ones where Sukhee is urged to “live her life” by her bedridden father-in-law (who is also Sukhee).

It’s understandable for people to identify with Sukhee’s deep sadness at falling behind her working-class best friends, whom she views as achievers.


 It is a result of how housewives are viewed in society. How is Saara din ghar paid? The director does a good job of addressing the themes of unaccounted work and unrealized potential. ‘English Vinglish’ also bears a passing resemblance.


The girl gang from class 97 dresses up for the school reunion scene, which is funny because it has their uglier older classmates and ghazals being played for the party given the target demographic.


Sukhee starts off feeling promising until things turn silly and off course. Be prepared for punchless jokes and meaningless toilet humor.

Once the action transfers to Delhi, the storyline changes and you start to lose interest. The conversation and scenes are repetitive, and everyone continues saying the same things.

Once you’ve heard it, “Sukhee naam wale kabhi dukhi nahi hotay” sounds pleasant.


Overkill wears you out. If other characters weren’t merely Sukhee cheerleaders but actual people, the girl gang theme would have worked.

Although they all have a good screen presence, the other girls (Kusha Kapila, Dilnaz Irani, and Pavleen Gujral) don’t have anything to do.

The film’s weakest element is the Amit Sadh love track, despite the presence of a competent performer. 


It is very ineffective and merely serves to draw out the movie. The movie could have been made 20 minutes shorter and yet worked just fine.

Review of the film Sukhee: These Heartfelt But Dispersed Midlife Thoughts of a Middle-Class Housewife


Shilpa Shetty Kundra is ideal for the role and serves as a reminder of why she merited roles in films like Life in a Metro and Phir Milenge.

Despite her seductive television persona, she effortlessly adopts the mindset of a middle-class housewife. 


 The 90s attire does a good job of paying homage to Govinda, although the de-aging seems a little overdone. The husband is portrayed well by Chaitannya Choudhry, and the daughter is portrayed well by Maahi Jain.


Sukhee has a touching premise, but it lacks momentum, struggles to be interesting, and in the end it becomes too preachy to be flawless.


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