Sui Dhaaga fits the bill perfectly for an underdog story, with the protagonists resembling everyday people we could relate to, who battle all sorts of odds to rise above what society deems fit for them. It’s inspiring, heartwarming, and most importantly, strikes a chord with the entrepreneurial spirit that’s always been inherent with the youth of the country – be it from small towns, rural areas, or big cities – and save for a hurried climax, the film has a lot going for it.
Mauji (Varun Dhawan) and Mamta (Anushka Sharma) are you typical small-town couple with a small existence and so caught up in their daily chores that they neither have time for each other nor to dream about a better future. But, when Mauji suffers one too many ignominies at the hands of his boss and the boss’ son, Mamta sees it as the last straw, which, coupled with his mother’s urgent need for an angioplasty, acts as a wakeup call for Mauji, who then, one day, has a huge showdown with his boss, chucks his existence as he knows it, and sets on his entrepreneurial journey, with Mamta being his biggest pillar of strength. However, the road ahead is littered with relentless, herculean obstacles from family, society, middle-men, bureaucrats, and whole lot of other elements.
Mauji and Mamata’s journey takes a poignant route, filled with several moments that touch your heart. The struggles seems genuine, and the ingenuity to achieve their goals (in the face of stiff opposition from those closest to them) brings a smile to your visage. Throw in Raghubir Yadav’s cynicism, whose sardonic one-liners as Mauji’s dad are a total hoot, and Aba Prabha as Mauji’s mother, whose naiveté and expressiveness evoke copious pith, and you have yourself the tailor-made small-town family ethos, ripe for the picking. And they’re picked to the bone by writer-Director Sharat Katariya, who enthuses and simulates you with the gradual metamorphosis of their strife to their victory, leaving you with a warm, elevated sensation.
However, most of these winsome scenes occur in the first half, whereas the second half, while not without merit, dips intermittently, with the story becoming stretched even at just over two hours. Perhaps, the makers didn’t realize that their plot, while pertinent, hinged on a one-line idea that would’ve felt far more effective at about 90-100 minutes. (Then again, we must also ask ourselves if those outside urban centers, around whom this film revolves, are ready for such short film, starring big names.) All this could be overlooked though if the climax hadn’t been so hurried and convenient. Mauji’s sincere struggle is suddenly given a shot in the arm out of nowhere, everything, which appeared an uphill task we connected to till that point, suddenly gets neatly wrapped in a bow, and before you could say, ‘Jack’, Mauji and Mamta and their loved ones are celebrating as their troubles are all over. You’d have rather the makers had left an open end where Mauji would still be fighting the good fight albeit with better prospects as a reward of his earnest efforts.
Still, the ups and downs of the film can all be straddled due to Varun’s beautiful performance as Mauji – probably his career best till date; even better than his October act. Everything from his nonchalance and lackadaisical attitude to his pain later to his never-say-die spirit as he keeps discovering new facets in his disposition come across as natural and effortless. You’ll connect wholeheartedly to every little and big thing that Varun does on screen in Sui Dhaaga. On the other hand, Anushka is picture of restraint and the ideal motivator, though you’d wish she toned down her hysteria during the emotional scenes. As perfect as her restraint is, her grief come across as emotionally string and also a tad manipulative. Technically, too, the film scores well, barring Charu Shree Roy’s editing. Anil Mehta’s camerawork is easy on the eye and Andrea Guerra’a background score is soothing to the ear. The songs are a letdown though, and certainly not expected from a veteran like Anu Malik.
Overall, Sui Dhaaga is a heartwarming, inspirational journey of an underdog, which just about overplays its hand in trying to give that underdog too easy a victory in the end.
Movified Rating: 3.5/5
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