Stitched With A Subtle Romance And A Story Of Aspirations, Sui Dhaaga's Casual Charm Works
- Authors: Avipsha Sengupta (Editorial Team)
Movie: Sui Dhaaga
Cast: Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan
Director: Sharat Katariya
Loud patriotism, messed up romances, high voltage action or epic sagas, Bollywood has been on an adrenaline rush lately. Somewhere in the mad rush to play on the shock value we have forgotten happy feel good film with substance.
It is this void that Sui Dhaaga fills up quite effectively. The story of the film is exactly what the trailer tells you and the film hardly pretends to be any more than that. Director Sharat Katariya who delivered quite the sixer with his last directorial Dum Laaga Ke Haisha has managed to find a voice of his own which comes across nicely in Sui Dhaaga as well.
Mauji and Mamta and their family live in the dingy settlements of Delhi and dreams of a life where there is respect and agency but also practical enough to think about the daily needs of their lower middle class family. Dad has just retired, mom is in need of angioplasty, brother lives a little far with his little selfish wife, it is a family that we have known and probably even been a part. In these mundane struggles of life, Mauji is charged with an entrepreneurial drive constantly supported by his wife Mamta.
But it is not the story of the film that makes it special, it is the setting and performances that makes it a pleasant watch. Raghubir Yadav as the constantly criticizing and cynical father is splendid as usual and Namit Shaw as the slightly oversmart Guddu makes a small but impactful appearance. But star of the show is Anushka Sharma without a doubt. Her timid demeanor is in stark contrast of her inner strength and together it’s a beautiful contrast.
One of the best aspects of the film is the romance between Mamta and Mauji. After a long time Bollywood has come up with a clean and subtle romance that makes sure a smile lingers on your face. They hold hands once in the film and hug in the end and that is the only example of their physical affection. Rest of it is the marriage that we all hope for. If Mauji is the dreamer, she with her silent strength is the doer. Their romance will perhaps remind us of the love and support our parents shared which might not have the throbbing passion but it is strong enough to tide over whatever challenge live throws at you, together.
A major shout out to the production design team of Meena Agarwal and set design by Vasudha Saklani who has brought the tiny and intricate details of lower middle class living in a metropolitan like Delhi, down to the T. Cinematography by Anil Mehta helps in creating visuals that even though real have an element of visual appeal to them. Also the costume by Neelachal Ghosh and Darshan Jalal adds so much to the characters and the experience of the film. We understand what Anushka meant when she said that getting into those printed synthetic sarees helped her get into the character.
However, the film is not without its flaws. Varun Dhawan’s performance, although mostly enjoyable, is always a note higher than the controlled and measured performance of the rest of the cast. His antics sometimes jump and come across a little too dramatic in certain scenes and he looks like he has no clue of the lower middle class world that he is portraying to be a part of.
To the director’s credit, he creates a world that you get sucked into but the balance between conflict and resolution is slightly off.Too much time is spent on showing challenges that are not as big as they are shown to be and the resolution is a little too easy and thus looks a tad bit too convenient.
Sharat Katariya is also in the massive hangover of his last directorial and the textures of both the film are pretty similar. Also, for a film named Sui Dhaaga there is very little celebration of the rich treasure trove of Indian artisans. The film addresses it, but just not enough to make an impact which is surely a letdown.
Sui Dhaaga is not a must watch perhaps but is a feel-good film of Bollywood after a long time that will give you a little gentle push to follow your dreams and face all the challenges in life with the motto 'sab baadhiya hai' at its best and bring a small smile on your face this weekend at its worst.
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