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Rajkummar Rao, Varun Dhawan learn how to sew, stitch in Stree, Sui Dhaaga

Both actors are playing tailors in their upcoming films Stree and Sui Dhaaga releasing within a month of each other.

Sonal Pandya

What do actors Rajkummar Rao and Varun Dhawan have in common? In the last few months, Rajkummar and Dhawan have been hard at work, behind a sewing machine, learning how to make clothes for their films, Stree and Sui Dhaaga: Made In India.

Dhawan began his role as tailor Mauji last year for Sharat Katariya’s film. Actress Anushka Sharma plays an embroidery worker, Mamta, in Sui Dhaaga: Made In India. The film, which is due to be released close to Gandhi Jayanti (2 October), highlights the lives of textile workers in the nation and will tie into the government’s Make In India promotional campaign.

In a few images shared on social media, Dhawan showed his progress in tailoring, a pillow with ruffled edges.

At a book event in June, Dhawan had said, “Right now I am playing this character of a tailor Mauji in Sui Dhaaga...there is more to him than just being a tailor as he is a peon in a shop as well. Mauji is very inspired by Suppandi.”

Meanwhile, Rajkummar’s film Stree is a completely different genre, a horror comedy starring Shraddha Kapoor. Nevertheless, the determined actor learnt stitching for a month to become a tailor. After his training, Rajkummar could stitch different outfits for women, from a blouse to a shirt.

Rajkummar said of his experience, “Once you sit on that chair, the coordination and reflexes are something else. You can cheat with a body double but I wanted to do everything and bought myself a sewing machine and hired a tailor in Mumbai to teach me how to sew. I also had a tailor guiding me on the sets in Chanderi.”  

Furthermore, the actor learnt to weave in a Chanderi dialect for his role on Stree. He worked with a dialect coach for a month to sound like a local. The actor often talked to the Chanderi residents to pick up more nuances.

“I took a couple of weeks off from other projects to prep for Stree. We finished the shoot in one go. The horror-comedy genre, while unexplored in our country, has a huge audience,” he said.

Stree, directed by Amar Kaushik, is due to be released on 31 August, while Sui Dhaaga: Made In India is due to be released on 28 September this year.