Sui Dhaaga’s strength lies in the honest and humorous presentation, inspite of the struggle Mauji and Mamta swim through – there’s always a flourishing tinge of hope and happiness. That seamless weaving of simplicity and routine conflicts imparts a desired impact, although it draws a fine line before it becomes preachy. While R. Balki’s Padman (2018) served the preachiness of a larger picture, an insight into lives of artisans would’ve been welcomed – but, then it honestly remarks to play upon characters. Sharat Katariya’s knack of capturing family nuances and small town essence is persistent, even here, an ethnic landscape weaves a dynamic character.
”Sab Badhiya Hai”, exclaims Mauji – a persistent feeling throughout the struggle where a need to tame down its optimism by advocating the still needle with a textured thread. First half which plays extravagantly leaves you wanting for more, while the second half fails to propel the emotionality and the impact. Sui Dhaaga is a straightforward film which propels towards a heroic climax, a predictable one – but, that’s the beauty here, to covertly churn out entertainment amidst predictability. Cinematographer Anil Mehta mounts a colourful dressing to the ethnicity of the small town milieu while Andrea Guerra’s background score (works on a Hollywood-ish underdog note) manipulates the emotional-drive.
Sui Dhaaga: Made In India has an evident touch of Sharat Katariya’s previous directorial Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) in terms of the dysfunctional middle-class family, location and the aspirational plot template – both films revolve around resilience. While Sui Dhaaga doesn’t have a surprise element which subverts it’s narrative, instead honest writing, absurdist humour and interesting dysfunctional characters surmount the expectations. And it plays safe in an optimistic reign, a celebration of self-reliance, entrepreneurship and local artisans – stands tall with small moments stitching a larger picture.
Similar zone films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Nil Battery Sannata (2016) and Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) which seem to have derived its casting process from Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) – evidently, there’s an unsaid casting as well as reception about secondary cast. Here, Raghubir Yadav and Yamin Dass who play parents deliver absurdist humour while churning out essence of the middle-class. Varun Dhawan, in his unconventional outing manages to deliver a soulful performance. While I was skeptical about Anushka Sharma, she unfurls through a restrained character with an effortless performance – yet again, she proves her mettle.
Sui Dhaaga: Made In India is a delightful stitch of self-reliance rooted in ethnicity, it’s a fabric yet embellished piece stitched with colourful threads.
Release: 28 September, 2018
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