Sui Dhaaga: Made In India

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Cut out for entertainment

Story:

Egged by his wife Mamta (Anushka Sharma), Mauji (Varun Dhawan) decides to ditch his demanding bosses for his own tailoring business. But amidst naysayers, unscrupulous relatives and lack of support, will his dream of turning into an entrepreneur become a reality?

Review: “Sab badhiya hai,” is Mauji’s response to daily struggles for a mediocre existence. In them, is a commute-heavy job, bosses who use him for personal errands and entertainment, a resentful father, an ailing mother and a marriage sans romance. His wife has no time for love between household chores. Following a very realistic confrontational scene with his bosses, Mauji quits to start something of his own. Sui Dhaaga is full of such simple daily conflicts and solutions that are seamlessly woven into the narrative.

The film revolves around a handful of characters. While Varun Dhawan delivers an honest performance, almost never going overboard, Anushka Sharma’s restrain is effortless. She lives the character, clad in a simple sari, sporting sindoor and minimal make up. Together their romance is understated to the point of being non-existent, but that doesn’t take away from their partnership as a couple while fighting the odds in life. Among the supporting cast, Raghubir Yadav is spot on as a cynical father, taunting his son with sarcastic one-liners that will often make you chuckle. But the actor to watch out for is Abha Parmar, who plays Mauji’s mother. She justifies every moment of her screen-time. She is adorable even when she’s doling out daily chores to her bahu from the hospital bed.

Director Sharat Katariya does take a few cinematic liberties, but there are enough real moments to move you. In a winning first half, he successfully establishes his main characters and their problems. Smart usage of humour in dialogues ups the entertainment quotient, even when the going gets tough for the characters. Film’s songs and background score lend gravitas to the story. While the narrative doesn’t get too preachy or predictable, the second half is simply convenient. Also, while Mauji’s struggle for self-employment finds ample mention, there isn’t much to justify his excellence in the craft, except his failed legacy.

However, these are minor patches in the overall fabric of the film that is cut for entertainment. Sui Dhaaga is sewn together with strong performances and moments that tell a convincing story.

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