For many decades, filmmakers have been producing films based on the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh. This not only gives a credence to the film, but also attracts more and more people to it. A large number of people like such films, provided they are presented in a simple and entertaining manner. Viewers feel more connected to such stories than films set in urban or foreign areas. Sui Dhaaga – Made in India which released this week is not only a village based film but also makes several important comments about social entrepreneurship for the social and economic development of artists or artisans. So what, Sui Dhaaga – Made in India manages to enthrall the audience with a gripping and enlightening story? Or does it fail in its sincere effort? Let’s review.
Sui Dhaaga – Made in India is a heart touching story of self esteem and self reliance. Mauji (Varun Dhawan) lives in a small village with his wife Mamta (Anushka Sharma), father (Raghubir Yadav) and mother (Yamini Das). Mauji works in a sewing machine shop owned by Bansal (Siddharth Bhardwaj) and his son Prashant (Ashish Verma). Together they misbehave with Mauji and ask him to do strange things. When Prashant’s wedding takes place, Bansal invites Mauji and his entire family. At the wedding, Bansal forces Mauji to act as a dog and his wife Mamta is very embarrassed to see this. Mamta then encourages him to set up his own business, especially in the field in which he is an expert in tailoring. Although Mauji’s grandfather is only a trailer, but he suffers a lot in his work, so he stopped his work. Mauji at first refuses to heed Mamta’s advice but then quits his job and sets up a stall in the streets of Delhi. On the other hand, Mauji’s mother collapses in the house and is admitted to the hospital. The investigation reveals that he has many blockages in his heart. The family is already grappling with many problems and Mauji’s mother’s hospitalization adds to their woes. Besides this, Mauji also quits his job. What happens after this, it is known only after watching the whole film.
The story of Sharat Kataria is quite simple and as per the demand of the times. It is reminiscent of a Hrishikesh Mukherjee film and gives a nice feel to such lovely cinema. Sharat Kataria’s screenplay is quite impressive. He does full justice to the characters and keeps the audience hooked. Although Sui Dhaaga, her previous film Dum Laga Ke Haisha  The opposite is quite dramatic, which had many funny moments. There is no room for humor and some section of the audience will miss it. Sharat Kataria’s dialogues are quite funny and play a vital role in bringing laughter.
Sharat Katariya’s direction is superb and he adds charm to the well written script. He could have made the film a bit tight, tight and predictable but these are all minor flaws.
The first scene of Sui Dhaaga – Made in India is really impressive and combines a lot of simplicity in one take. After setting the characters of the film, the film does not waste any time in moving forward. The hospital scene is lovely but in the first half, the scene that pops up is the pre-interval scene. It is worth noting here how much the makers have increased the tension. In the second half, the film starts to disintegrate a bit. And the way Mamta and Mauji are shortlisted for the fashion tournament, it seems a bit incomprehensible. But the final scene makes up for it (though it gives the Dejavu experience of the 2008 film Money Hai Toh Honey Hai) but at the same time it certainly manages to bring a smile to the audience’s face.
Sui Dhaaga – Made in India is a complete starrer movie of Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma. Both the actors give very strong performances. Varun Dhawan is seen carrying the simplicity of a village from every inch and hence he will be well-liked. He plays his character with utmost sincerity, which is visible on screen. The scene is worth watching when Bansal forces him to act like a dog, the beauty in which he hides his embarrassment is really commendable. Apart from this, the climax scene, especially the hotel lobby scene, in which he is engrossed. Anushka Sharma is mentioned before Varun in the opening credits and that is a very important part. Anushka gets so lost in the role of Mamta that one forgets that she is Anushka Sharma and thus gives her 100 percent. In a scene when she asks her mother-in-law if she is fine or if she liked the hospital, she seems quite natural. Raghubir Yadav gives a very attractive performance. Especially towards the climax, when he brings tears to the eyes of the audience. Yamini Das dominates, especially in the hospital scenes. Pooja Sarp (Harleen Bedi) leaves an indelible mark. Namit Das (Guddu) also manages to leave an indelible mark. Bhupesh Singh (Naushad) looks very good. Majnu, Majnu’s wife, Paltaram and other actors have played their characters well.
Anu Malik’s music harmonizes well with the film, though it doesn’t have the variety to be a chartbuster. The title track of the film comes at a crucial juncture and leaves a tremendous impact. ‘Chhav Laga’ is a very melodious song. ‘Khatar Pater’ and ‘Tu Hi Ahem’ are circumstance songs and work. ‘Sab Badiya Hai’ is missing from the film. Andrea Guerra’s background score syncs with and suits the film.
Anil Mehta’s cinematography is very good and nowhere beats in showing the simplicity of the village or the glitz of urban life. The lensman captured only those scenes which were needed. Minal Agarwal’s production design is realistic. The dress designers of Darshan Jalan and Nilanchal Kumar Ghosh deserve praise, who are the center of attraction of the film. Charu Shree Roy’s editing is simple and clean.
All in all, Sui Dhaaga – Made in India is an emotionally simple story beautifully told. At the box office, this film will be worthy of praise from the people for attracting the audience. The film will get an extended five-day weekend (October 2, the national holiday of Gandhi Jayanti) which will prove to be in its favour. Hence, the film will surely get a long line of audience at the ticket window and thus it will be a win-win deal for the makers. Do watch this film.