Mauji (Varun Dhawan) offers to buy ‘biscoot’ for his wife Mamta (Anushka Sharma). First he agrees and then refuses considering his financial situation. She then asks him if he wants to have ‘biscoot’ to which he just smiles. In that brief moment, I could see my parents in Mauji and Mamta, daring to dream, perseveringly pursuing them, fighting the realities of life, with love, concern and smiles and rarely making a big fuss.
Sharat Katariya is a talented writer and director, nailing the worlds of atmosphere and emotions.
On Sui Dhaaga, sucks you into this enchanting lower-middle-class world of pani ki tanki, the morning newspaper, and a family in a car with a broken door. The mother, about to die of a heart attack, demands aamchoor and nimbu ka achaar as home remedies to appease yourself. She is more concerned with filling buckets of water and dinners than with her health.
Don’t miss the first really long shot of the movie (similar to Befikre) while the camera gives you a complete tour of Mauji and Mamta’s house, taking you from their terrace to their kitchen and bedroom and familiarizing you with their humble world.
All these details have a purpose to fulfill; to give an idea of the world of the characters, to cajole a laugh or two, but more importantly, it puts the lofty dreams of the main couple against these worldly struggles. We connect emotionally with them understanding everything they have to overcome as they pursue their dreams.
The casting of the film is clever. Shanoo Sharma has hired some of the most incredible actors to play such well-written roles. Ashish Verma as an evil boss evokes genuine disgust. You’ll love the actor and hate the character as he laughs wickedly at Mauji reducing him to a buffoon at his wedding.
Puja Sarup as the owner of an insubstantial, competitive and heartless factory I made. Namit Das, as an overzealous relative, breathes new life into his petty character as he fakes his rudeness behind forced fake laughs. His mother in real life, Yamini Das, plays Mauji’s mother. She is the cutest character in the movie. She plays a stressed-out mother who will care more about existence than happiness, basic needs than high ambitions. He asks about money when Mauji and Mamta are so close to fulfilling their dreams. Yamini’s character is written and interpreted so well that it is difficult to differentiate the actor from the character he plays.
Yes Dum Laga Ke Haisha had Seema Pahwa, Sui Dhaaga has his daughter Manukriti Pahwa who plays Kumudh, Mauji bhabhi. He just gets an important scene and shakes you with his fierceness. She is loud and obnoxious and makes you feel uncomfortable in your seat while watching the scene of the family confrontation. I wish someone would write a complete movie about his character.
And then there is Raghubir Yadav as a helpless retired father. The man is a pleasure to watch as he brings so much simplicity to every role he plays.
It’s the supporting cast that gives the main cast some tough competition. Anushka Sharma keeps it minimal with both her makeup and her acting. It gives Mamta an endearing smile. There is a scene where he talks to his boss. His kohl-free eyes speak volumes about his love for Mauji and his disbelief and dislike for the unpleasant outside world.
Varun Dhawan indulges in whatever Mauji demands. It is serious as always.
The only problem with the main actors of Sui Dhaaga it’s that they act well instead of being amazing actors. Especially when the movie opens with Patakha where you don’t see any trace of ‘actors’, Sanya and Radhika as they play Genda and Champa.
Sui Dhaaga It also gets a bit forced when the narrative tries too hard to make the audience sympathize with Mauji and Mamta in their fight. Missing a crowded bus, falling off a bike, working on a sewing machine with a bleeding foot against a melodramatic soundtrack makes it all seem a bit manipulative. It could have been more real than this histrionic OTT. Also, the second half avoids many crises and makes Mauji and Mamta’s journey through a competition look more like child’s play.
But these are just little problems in an otherwise delightful movie, which beautifully tells the story of a couple struggling with conditioned parents, self-doubt, poverty, and all the other challenges to succeed in life. Leaves you smiling and somewhat inspired.