In the sixties and perhaps in the seventies as well, the sewing machine was an important asset in most middle class households. And the most dominant brand of domestic sewing machines was the one made by the DCM Group of Shrirams. That was one USHA whose presence in the household would not only not upset the lady of the house but actually be regarded as a means of support for the family. And till the two wheeler stepped into the middle class household, the sewing machine was the most intricate machinery around. I am not here to research as to why or how the humble sewing machine lost its lofty status, but I recall the scene in the climax of the 1977 hit AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, where Rishi Kapoor feigns the role of a ladies tailor and the comic situations that followed. In 1981, Sanjeev Kumar starred as a tailor in the flop movie LADIES TAILOR, the only interesting part of which was when the credits are being shown against the background of Sanjeev Kumar taking measurements of Sharmila Tagore, Parveen Babi, Rekha and Moushmi Chatterjee! Twenty five years later, another movie with the same title was made with Rajpal Yadav as the lead actor. That movie too, hardly made any impact. Then a few months back, we were witness to the delightfully “scary” comedy STREE, in which Raj Kummar Rao played the role of a tailor. I later on learnt that the grandfather of Shraddha Kapoor, who played the female lead artiste in STREE, had a tailoring shop in New Delhi a long time back. So suddenly, tailoring and stories about tailors had staged a comeback!

This got fortified when the latest Yash Raj Films presentation SUI DHAAGA got released. Directed by Sharat Kataria of DUM LAGA KE HAISHA fame and starring Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma in utterly deglamorized roles, the one thing that is writ all over the first half of the film is honesty and simplicity. Marked by very good acting by the lead artistes as well as by Raghubir Yadav, playing Varun Dhawan’s father, the cameos of rural living in a poor home are captured very well. But unlike in DUM LAGA KE HAISHA (which also had a competition in the second half), SUI DHAAGA falters as it meanders lazily towards the expected end. It tries to retain its honesty in the second half, but it is, honestly speaking, quite boring. The relief actually comes in the form of the background music composed by the Italian Composer Andrea Guerra, who had won awards for his compositions in HOTEL RWANDA and whose Bollywood flirtations have been with the eminently forgettable Shah Rukh starrer FAN and DUM LAGA KE HAISHA.

Quite simply, not worth a watch!

RATING: 2.5 out of 5

September 28, 2018


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