If you were a fan of Sharat Katariya’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha, you should be looking forward to the trailer of his next film starring Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma.
Called Sui Dhaaga: Made In India (a tribute to the government’s infamous Make In India campaign?) the film shows both the Versova-bred actors transform into ‘normal folk’ from a nondescript village in Uttar Pradesh. Dhawan sporting a moustache, a curious haircut and a bicycle, plays the simpleton, Mauji. Born in a family of craftsmen, Mauji is married to Mamta (Anushka Sharma) living and breathing under her pallu and attending to her mother-in-law’s continuous demands.
It’s exciting to see an actor like Dhawan fully dive into the accent, the wardrobe, the clothes and the mannerism. But something feels missing. Just like in Shoojit Sircar’s October – Dhawan seems to be ‘playing’ a character. The act is visible.
Sharma on the other hand, manages to just ‘be’ Mamta. In spite of having played a newly-wed bride in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi or an obsessive stranger from the streets, in Pari, she manages to make a similar shy character look and feel different.
The trailer seems to have a terrific supporting cast (just like Dum Laga Ke Haisha) including – Raghubir Yadav (Love Per Square Foot), Namit Das (Wake Up Sid!) and Ashish Verma (Bhavesh Joshi Superhero). Will it be explicitly tackling caste, class problems something we’ve come to expect in a post-Mukkabaaz world? Hopefully.
But there’s a HUGE problem with trailer that we should start discussing – it’s over three minutes long. And it features pretty much the whole arc. Everything is explained in gruesome detail – from the conflict to the the eventual resolution. Does it have enough of Dum Laga Ke Haisha’s brilliance to surprise us? We’ll have to wait and watch.
Here’s the trailer for Sui Dhaaga: Made in India
It needs to be said that in spite of the film’s swadeshi angle and the YRF superficial interpretation of small towns – Sui Dhaaga looks like a warm film. And even in the worst case, the film might be sweet film sticking up for the little guy. Few films genuinely mean to, any way.