28 Sep 2018 02:02:00
SUI DHAAGA - MADE IN INDIA" is a heartwarming story of pride and self reliance, which finds its roots in the heart of India and reflects the passion that runs through the veins of every single Indian. Taking the message of "Made in India" forward, the film modestly tries to bring back our traditional art forms and handicrafts in focus. The film is helmed by National award winning producer - director duo of Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya (DUM LAGA KE HAISHA) and features Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. Through the hero & his wife, film talks about the need of social entrepreneurship as a tool for social and economic development of our artisans, living their life in the margins due to the changing times. Set in a small town in India, the film encapsulates the journey of an honest man from a humble background, who pursues his passion, overcoming all odds and soon finds himself on the cover of an international magazine with the world taking note and appreciating his talent. A clean family entertainer, the film emphasises virtues like honesty, self respect and community living.
There was a time, when message oriented and greatness-of-country kind of genre was predominantly a concept fancied by Aamir Khan but now it’s every A-lister’s short cut to success. Be it Akshay Kumar or Salman Khan, people are going the patriotic way. Anushka and Varun too gave the run-in-the-mill love stories a skip and took up a deglamourous, strong and driven story. The movie Sui Dhaaga too is an idea inspired by the ‘Make in India’ concept. It is astounding to see how the most aggressive promoter of romance, Yash Raj Films, who made the colourful and glamourous chiffon saree dance on top of alps in Switzerland chose to take a concept of promoting a movie where a woman from a rural background is strong enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with her husband and begin a saree business of her own. It is a welcome change to see the films having a strong essence of verite and whirlpool of thought-provoking concepts. Sui Dhaaga can easily touted as one of Yash Raj’s best realistic film. It is a story of a couple, Mauji played by Varun Dhawan and Mamta by Anushka Sharma from a poverty struck background with a sick mother and a retiring father at home struggle to make their ends meet. Mauji, a skilled tailor takes up odds jobs like mimicking animals in children’s parties. He gets humiliated by the employer and that changes his life for good. His wife, an iron-willed woman with lion’s share of determination, heartens and prods her husband to put his innate talent under use and start an enterprise on his own. Although her father-in-law played by Raghubir Yadav is quite against this thought. Despite staying in an environment, where there is no room for a husband and wife bond to thrive, they still lead a relationship of subtle romance but abundance of respect for each other. The couple go through quite a lot of hurdles and hiccups during their journey to be a successful entrepreneur but how they manage to do, will they reach their desired finish line or not frames the crux of the story. Of course, it is predictable. We all know they will triumph by the denouement or atleast while approaching the pinnacle of the movie. But what make the cinematic experience wholesome is the way they face off their troubles and manage those deciding moments. It is all about the emotional curves that makes Sharat Katariya’s story a beguiling and absorbing one. How the vulnerable protagonists handle the dirty laundry and the dirtiest corruption that evidently prevails in our country keeps our brain stimulated. Above all, we will get in touch with nuances of the handloom industry, where often local artisans are overpowered by big designer names and brands. Infact, how the artisans are forced to withdraw themselves from their skill and take up odd jobs to make a living. Varun has proved his flair in acting with October and Badlapur. His emotion game has always been on point. He pulled of the role of Mauji with same capacity. Anushka too quite solemnly proved her worth. She, once again, made the world realise that she is just not here to add glamour but a whole lot of realism in cinema. By the end of the film, all you will tell yourself is, “We cannot imagine anyone else play the role of Mamta.” The music and cinematography too were quite noteworthy, complementing the momentum of the movie.