- 29 Dec - 04 Jan, 2019
- 06 Oct - 12 Oct, 2018
Despite all the hype and marketing, Sui Dhaaga comes out as an ordinary film that was in need of stitches, scissors and dyeing itself, or in filmmaking words, editing. Sharat Katariya’s movie was destined for greatness as it had A-list stars in the lead but instead of hitting it where it mattered, it went off target with its slow-pace and spark-less execution. Yes, Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan have never played poor-villagers before but without suspense and conflict, it looks like a story where everyone is a good guy, where everything that happens is good, complementing the Sab Badhiya Hai line, hypothetically.
Just like his last film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Katariya’s latest suffers from depression that takes place inside the theatre because of various factors. The film has been released in summers but the characters are celebrating winters (Load Wedding also fell to the same curse), it is so slow that the Netflix generation would reaching for their remote while the leading guy is shown to be a village bum with no self-respect. Yes, Mauji (Dhawan) tries to stand on his two feet after his wife Mamta (Sharma) tells him to man up but by the time the film reaches halfway mark, you know exactly what would happen in the post-interval session.
It was good to see veterans Raghubir Yadav and Yamini Das deliver flawless performances as a once-a-tailor and his wife who worry about their son who is good-for-nothing with a heart of gold. Dhawan and Sharma play the reserved couple well and look more like villagers than the superstars we love to see dance on our screens. The way their house works, with Mamta helping her mother-in-law and Mauji doing the chores, the father watching TV serials and the mother managing the house, is excellent, but that’s about it. Once the entrepreneur-ing kicks in, it’s like a film on autopilot that knows when to end but not how to reach that end.
With Anu Malik composing the songs, the music for this ‘Made In India’ film was always doomed, if you get the point. The film neither raises the bar high nor low, such is the pace of the narrative – lack of pressure cooker situations, worldly villains and presence of corporates with a heart might look good in a film but it’s as far from reality as Star Trek is, at the moment. It is an underdog film that ends as expected, with no hiccups and twists, which is exactly how it shouldn’t have ended. Even Aamir Khan’s Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (also dealing with garment factory issues) had more intensity when it came to the climax. Here, everything happened like it was supposed to and that’s what cost this film a place in the ‘great underdog story’ section. Sab Badhiya Nahi Hai! •