Sharat Katariya's directed Sui Dhaaga: Made in India doesn't deliver the sweaty struggle that goes in the making of a handmade artwork; also the narrative is quite scattered in terms of holding the audience's interest.
Revolving around two central characters of rural India of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh it is a story of Mamta aka Anushka Sharma and Mauji played by Varun Dhawan whose forefathers tailoring business never flourished in earning them the right bread and butter. It is Mauji, the man in the moustache working as a labourer under the owner whose son treats him like a slave in this 21st century. A cameo played by Ashish Verma just to humiliate the small town lad is a theory of gaining sympathy for our leading man. There are many scenes in the film which are over dramatized although Mauji's parents are the most thorough character you would find. Raghuvir Yadav as a yelling father shines in this not so impressive feature film. A crying Mamta makes her husband realize that earning with dignity is much better than working like a slave all the time. While suddenly one fine day Mauji confronts his boss and quits his job to start his own sewing business in the city and yes we do not have the Municipality troubling our hero. One fine moment from the film comes when Mauji travels 40 km on a bicycle with his supportive wife in the super hot and the rigid dusty climate, to get a free sewing machine under the government's initiative.The euphoria and the overjoyed happiness on their face on earning a free sewing machine is quite priceless, also the peak point of the film for us as rest is drama, drama and drama. Cringiest character from the film is played by Namit Das, Mauji's brother-in-law who settles the hospital dues in half of the amount for the mother's heart surgery. An unnecessarily laughing creep who utter loud laughs for no reason.
Working in as a labourer in the factory of a private firm and losing their art in the hands of a ruthless business who by absorbing their ideas takes all the credit of their hard work. It is once in a lifetime opportunity for Mamta and Mauji as an optimistic. Anushka motivates Varun to participate in the Raymond fashion display competition. While here starts their real hard work and a point in their life where everyone suddenly becomes supportive. Even wondering how come a small town sewing worker suddenly aspires to become a world-class designer that even Manish Malhotra would be complex watching their work. Apart from a mediocre performances by Varun and Anushka nothing lights up the entertainment meter as the film shouts to conclude as a feel-good film, with a lot of flaws no mend and an undigestable climax. Welcoming the struggle in day to day life with a smile, Mauji saying 'Sab Badhiya' and the introduction was much impressive than his entire act. Most of the times Anushka is seen in a tensed look on her face whereas her optimism was not well justified as well. Makers could have added a few more layer to the lead characters making them go through a Bundelkhand dialect or maybe a Bhopali accent. These characters don't stay with us also the climax scene where Varun and Anushka sport their designer piece didn't look like a naive couple walking down the ramp walk.
Songs from the film are a huge sigh of relief as well as pleasant to watch. The romantic track 'Chaav Laaga' capturing the beautiful chemistry of the two is quite eloquent and priceless. Papon's voice gives it a whole new level of engagement and we feel like watching this song from the film again and again. The picturisation is quite crisp and benevolent. Another song which stays with us is 'Khatar Patar' is where everyone unites as a team to start off the handloom work. Anu Malik's soft composition blends with visuals while Papon's voice just succeeds the entire narrative with the true charm.
Cinematography by Anil Mehta is convincing and some cinematic shots captured from the noisy locations are well shot. Sharat Katariya's screenplay can be blamed in most parts to be faulty and unconvincing. He could have kept things simple and could have skipped drama when it wasn't required keeping most of the sequences quite raw. But that's not the case, Katariya misses on to deliver the intensity and hard work required in authentic character development of the two leads.
'Sui Dhaaga: Made in India' would be enjoyable if you do not watch it critically rather enjoy whatever you see on the silver screen. Watch it only if you are a biased fan of Varun and Anushka as their cold performances don't light up the theatre.