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Stitching and Unstitching Labour with Sui Dhaaga

Sui DhaagaMade in India features Marxist ideas such as alienation, exploitation of labour, and social class.

The plot of the film Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018), directed by Sharat Katariya, revolves around the lives of Mauji (Varun Dhawan) and his wife Mamta (Anushka Sharma). Mauji works as a tailor at a local store. He is not treated well by his boss, is often humiliated and even paid money to entertain guests by acting like a dog at his son’s wedding. His impoverished condition makes him ignore the humiliation. Mamta persuades Mauji to leave his undignified job and set up his own tailoring stall on the roadside in the local marketplace. Mauji, with Mamta’s support, pursues his passion (stitching and altering garments), refusing to change his line of work despite attempts by his father and brother to persuade him to give up his uncertain business venture.

Mauji stitches a nightie for his mother who has been hospitalised. The design is highly popular among the women patients of the hospital. Later, the hospital authorities sign a contract for the supply of gowns from a garment manufacturing company where Mauji is recruited. The nightie’s design is co-opted by his employer and used to improvise the hospital gown. Mauji increasingly loses control over his own creation and is reduced to being just another worker in the company.

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Updated On : 29th Oct, 2018

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