There are many facets to Sundari Mathews, Suma for short. She is a divorced single woman in her 30s who finds comfort in an occasional swig of vodka neat (or an entire bottle of wine overnight), and frets about her grey hairs and waistline. She is remarkably good at her job as a school librarian, casually directing a student who asks for Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red to the ‘second shelf from left, fourth row from top, seventh book from left’.
She is also a cellist, a hidden talent that she springs at an unsuspecting Victor Paul (Neeraj Madhav), the new English teacher at the school. And as she walks out of her car in slow motion with Alphons Joseph’s mass BGM playing in the background, ready to hand the college boy who severely wronged a schoolgirl a well-deserved hit with a cricket stump, we are impressed, just like Victor.