SUI DHAAGA (2018)

 

 

  • Release Date: 28/9/18
  • Director: Sharat Katariya
  • Cast: Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Raghubir Yadav, Yamini Das

The underdog story never gets old or repetitive. If done with a penchant and organic emotions, it is bound to get one and all interested and that is exactly the case with Sui Dhaaga. It’s a film that we have seen in different perspectives a million times but the manner in which it is executed and acted out, it becomes a heartwarming and moving affair. It is a film that has its heart in the right place. Add to that a screenplay that remains real and characters who are as lovable as they are affecting and you have a film that is a winner from the get-go.

Mauji (Varun Dhawan) is a lowly employee at a place where his employers leave no chance to insult him and make him feel less than human. On the instigation of his wife Mamta (Anushka Sharma), Mauji leaves his 6K job, takes up his ancestral profession of tailoring as a new profession, fends off the constant insults and pullbacks of his father, rises over multiple treacheries and faces off against a mindset and firmly laid norms of an industry to finally win what is rightfully his. In every step of the way, he is aided by Mamta for whom every moment that she shares with him is something new, novel and rewarding.

The charm of Sui Dhaaga lies not in its story but in the journey that Mauji and Mamta take to achieve success. If you have seen the trailer, you know exactly which way the film will go and it does go that way but that doesn’t even for a second take you away from the depth and range of drama that the narrative successfully take you through. When Mauji asks his wife “are you telling me to quit my job and start tailoring”. She willfully replies that it’s you who is saying so not me, putting her finger on the point that Mauji already knows what is to be done and only lacks the willingness to walk the path.

In another exceptionally well-done sequence, Mamta and Mauji are trying to get their hands on a sewing machine after they are robbed of their own. Mauji gets injured and just when he has to enter a hallway, give a test of his tailoring skills and win the machine, Mamta and not he is forced to do the same. Mamta, in tears, takes up the challenge. She knows she is not up to the task but still decides to give it a try nevertheless. I don’t know why but this scene appealed to me like no other scene in the whole film. The tension, the emotions and the final release of it all felt extremely real and heartwrenching.

I loved the climax too. The part where father and son finally start respecting each other and more than that, understanding each other is extremely warm. The film makes it a point to put Mauji and Mamta under extreme duress but in the midst of it all always provides them some breathers here and there that are refreshing and inspiring. This film does a great job with the romance between the protagonists. Small things like their bodies touching when on a crowded bus, sharing a cup of tea and biscuits, eating lunch together, sharing the whole day together spark up magic. These little things assume importance and unbelievable romantic tang that is too cute to not fall in love with.

Varun Dhawan completely transforms himself for the role. He becomes Mauji and there isn’t a single scene where he is not. Not only does he completely take over the look and feel of the character, he also takes in the frustration and pain at not being able to be what he wants to be –of Mauji– to the audiences. I loved his scenes with his father and the brief scenes that he shares with his employers. As the film progresses, Mauji metamorphs from being someone with the resources but not the attitude to get the job done to someone who would take great risks and stop at nothing to achieve what he believes he deserves. This transformation is bound to play well with the audiences.

More than Varun Dhawan, I was startled by Anushka Sharma’s act. She was made the butt of jokes for her turn in the film but when you see her act as part of the narrative, you will be blown away by the amount of authenticity and realism that she brings to her character. She always speaks in a low tone but is firm in her beliefs and what she wants from her husband. She may not be the one to speak it out loud but she does get her point through with her mannerisms and behavior. We get it just as much Mauji does. Her character goes through as much of an arc as Mauji’s. She is also exceptional in the comic sequences. I loved her expressions in the scene where Mauji’s mother is taken to the hospital after a stroke and she ends up there with her hands stuck in a glass jar.

It would be blasphemous not to mention Raghubir Yadav who plays Mauji’s father. Mauji quits his job on the day that his father retires and Raghubir comes to know of it in his farewell party. The party ends and night befalls but Raghubir still has the garland that was given to him in the party around his neck. This scene shows us the level of his frustration at the whole matter and turns rib-tickling funny because of the manner in which Raghubir acts it out. The film is peppered with numerous such gems from Raghubir.

Overall Sui Dhaaga is nothing exceptional or extraordinary in terms of content but the manner in which it is acted and executed makes it special. I loved the film for its simplicity, charm, and heart and that I believe will be the case for one and all who chooses to give it a chance. In addition to that, the film is buoyed by terrific performances and high entertainment value. What more could be asked for?

Rating: 3.5/5 (3.5 out of 5 Stars)

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