SUI DHAAGA: MADE IN INDIA
Director: Sharat Katariya
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav, Namit Das and Yamini Das
Screenplay: Sharat Katariya
This is the story of Mamta (Anushka Sharma) and Mauji (Varun Dhawan), a young wife and husband belonging to a community of artisans who have over a couple of generations gradually turned their backs on their inherited trade — tailoring, embroidery, block printing and other work involving garments and fabric — since the income from these is barely sufficient for their sustenance. Mauji is pushed by his father to turn his back on a profession that his heart is set on. Mamta, though, wants more than just money for herself and her husband. She wants self respect. She also believes that his tailoring skills could translate into a comfortable life for them, if only he would believe in himself and wants him to start the tailoring business which he wants to and work for himself. The film only revolves around a handful of characters. Overall the expectations from the film were a lot and that’s why I think that it has not been able to impress a few people. The film, despite being a decent watch, lacked a little fun and seemed far more predictable than one would’ve thought. Sui Dhaaga is sewn together with strong performances and moments that tell a convincing story.
Technically the film is great. Cinematography by Anil Mehta was quite good. It captures the rural India brilliantly. Editing by Charu Shree Roy was okay, it could have been more crisp especially in the second half. Katariya’s screenplay is packed with gentle comedy and warmth and many unspoken words, but somewhere lacks a punch. Film’s songs and background score lend gravitas to the story. Lyricist Varun Grover writes some simply evocative lines. Music by Anu Malik too does justice to the film.
Varun Dhawan delivers an honest performance, almost never going overboard, Anushka Sharma’s restrain is effortless. Varun does justice to Mauji and brings out the innocence of the character very well. Anushka’s Mamta is very crucial to the story and I can only think of a handfew of other actresses who could have played the character with her conviction and brilliance. Veteran Raghubir Yadav does exceedingly well as Dhawan’s disgruntled father, and Namit Das has fun with his character, and makes you laugh. Yamini Das, who plays Mauji’s mother, is one of the major finds of the year.
Director Sharat Katariya does take a few cinematic liberties, but there are enough real moments to move you. This may not be his best work but then it is one which he can be proud of. He’s tried to tell a simple story in simple way but is let down by his own screenplay especially in the second half.