Sui Dhaaga Review: A Fine Portrait of the Emotional Labour of Small-Town Women

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Sui Dhaaga Review: A Fine Portrait of the Emotional Labour of Small-Town Women

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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f you blindly walk into Sui Dhaaga, chances are that you’ll find it impossible to recognise that Sharat Katariya directed – or even wrote it. Three years after he made Dum Laga Ke Haisha, a sublime romantic comedy that articulated the frustrations of small-town men, having to bear the weight of masculinity, Katariya returns with another small-town setting. Except, this time around, Sui Dhaaga looks like a sanitised, dishonest, and a predictable offering from the Yash Raj stable – embroiling itself in every cliche Katariya’s debut consciously distanced itself from.

Set in Chanderi (the second film this year after Stree), Sui Dhaaga revolves around a modest family of tailors and craftsmen who’ve given up their calling and taken up odd jobs to survive. Mauji (Varun Dhawan), his wife Mamta (Anushka Sharma) and his parents (Raghubhir Yadav and Yamini Das) live together in a small house, where privacy, space, and money are all a distant dream. It’s also why Mauji and Mamta’s marriage is stunted – they’re domestic partners instead of life partners.

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