Sui Dhaaga at Cherry Cross

I don’t expect Bollywood to churn out movies with a message – it is an entertainment industry and not school of life. But when one such production does surface, with valuable life lessons, as did Sui Dhaaga, it is at least worth a mention, right?

This movie is probably Anushka Sharma’s least glamourous film to date. I didn’t spot a single scene with defined contour or fluttery long lashes. Wardrobe comprises of basic sarees. Varun Dhawan (Mauji) and Anushka (Mamta) don’t even look great together on-screen. But the movie is still a good watch because it has a story that calls to be heard.

Sui Dhaaga is a story of a couple who movesfrom their village to a city in hopes of a better life. Men of the house opt for clerical jobs, in lieu of their fabric designing craft, to make ends meet. Mauji takes a leap of faith, and ventures into the apparel industry to do something ‘big’.

The story continues with comic sequences and a whole lot of drama. Without revealing anymore spoilers, let me get to what this post is intended for: takeaways for entrepreneurs from Sui Dhaaga.

1. One unit.

 this is a term that Mister and I use for ourselves. One unit. In face of adversity and in times of excess. The movie reinforces the importance of support and encouragement that one expects from his/her spouse. They are real #couplegoals, and can teach a thing or two about making relationships work while working together.

2. Mad is the new woke.

Pushing the envelope and risking your all. It sounds frivolous and dangerously risky to someone like me, but great things can only happen with greater risks, right? If you believe that you can do something, do it. Failure can be a mere stepping stone if you adjust your perspective.

3. Local craft is a game changer.

With world becoming smaller and boundaries blurring, it’s your craft that will help you stand apart from the crowd. Cottage industries in countries like India and Pakistan are ripe with talent, and ought to be made most of. A ‘Mad in Pakistan’ label should make your proud instead of anxious. A little birdie (aka Instagram) told me that Andleeb Rana might be up to something #madeinPakistan. You may want to follow her to stay posted.

4. Vultures and naysayers.

Every successful wo(man) has at least 10 naysayers behind her. If she can rise above those telling her that she can’t, there is another pack of vultures ready to pounce on her craft and success. An important lesson for entrepreneurs – believe in your skill, never sell yourself short and don’t trust just about everyone.

5. Success has a snowball effect.

It takes a lot of hard work, sweat and tears to reach that first step on the ladder of success, but once you arrive, the following is more snowball than battle uphill. Once things are on the roll, more good things follow.

6. If they couldn’t do it does not mean you can’t either.

I have been learning a lot about the impact of parents on a child’s life. Someone told me that often children carry the baggage of their parent’s success (and failure). Mauji’s father, despite being extremely talented, could not make it big. And he passed on his failure in the form of discouragement to his son. It is difficult in such situations to peel away sentiments from reality, but as an entrepreneur, it might be the most important and emotionally challenging step in the right direction.