"Patriotism doesn't always need to be said, it needs to be felt."
Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma unveiled the trailer for their upcoming film Sui Dhaaga in New Dehli on Monday, August 13, 2018.
The stars of the film were present director Sharat Katariya and producer Maneesh Sharma.
Sui Dhaaga, ‘needle and thread’ in English, is a comedy-drama film set to be released on September 28, 2018.
The film is about a couple’s fight for respect and their struggle of being self-employed from unemployed.
Dhawan plays the role of Mauji, a tailor while Sharma portrays his wife, Mamta, an embroidery expert.
Sui Dhaaga was extensively filmed in Chanderi, Mumbai and Dehli.
Chanderi is the location where the characters reside.
This is something that allows the actors to fully immerse themselves in their role.
Both actors are seen as glamorous stars, however, Sui Dhaaga makes them go out of their comfort zone. Mauji and Mamta are down to earth characters which give the actors the chance to push themselves.
Dhawan says that he always wanted to do an Indian family film that goes to all parts of the country.
He initially said no to the role but after reading the script, he knew he had to be Mauji.
Talking about the script, Varun said:
“When I got the script initially, I didn’t have any dates, so I met the makers to say that I don’t have dates for the film.”
“But when I read the script and Sharat’s writing, I was just so bowled over. I was laughing. I was crying. It took me on a ride and I’ve always loved family films.”
Passionate about making such an Indian film with an affectionate Indian story, he said:
“I read this and I felt I cannot leave this film.”
“This film I have to do and I have to become Mauji.”
Both of them had to learn about sewing and using the need and thread for the film.
Varun said he “knew nothing about sewing” before doing the film and it was a tailor called Noor Bhai that taught him the tricks of the trade for his role.
“I spent actually a good two-and-a-half months, just learning everyday stitching, what to do and how to do it”
Anushka had to learn the skills too. She learnt the art of embroidery and said:
“When I started to do embroidery, I think I picked it quite quickly. I think Sharat was very impressed with my initial skills of doing embroidery.”
Anushka expressed how being actors allow you to learn about so many things in life, saying:
“Because of films that we do, and we are so happy we get films like what Maneesh and Sharat have offered us that you get to know about something that you don’t know about otherwise.”
Dhawan expressed his reasons why the film is special to him and his co-star and said:
“The film is very special for me and Anushka. I don’t think I can describe the feeling in words.”
“It’s a sense of pride and a sense of what you feel to be an Indian. What it feels to be an Indian, we are never able to tell that to people.”
“Patriotism doesn’t always need to be said, it needs to be felt.”
Interestingly, Anushka Sharma had also said no to the script after she read it for the first time despite loving it. She said:
“I really loved the script. I loved the story. I loved what the film was trying to say and how it was saying it.
“But, I said no to the film the first time. Because I could not believe that I could play this character.”
Talking about the immense challenge of the role she felt upon reading the script, she added:
“I have always wanted to challenge myself as an actor but this is something that I am not understanding the way I can do this role.
“It’s against my grain on another level.”
“So, I was very afraid.”
But in contrast, Sharat and Maneesh were “extremely convinced” that Anushka is right for this role. It was their faith in her that led her to agree to do the film.
“I’ll be very honest. I went with his [Sharat] faith in me more than my own faith in myself.
“And I’m so happy that I actually did that because I am so proud that I am part of this film and I’m so proud that I play this character.”
The trailer of Sui Dhaaga received immense appreciation upon its release on YouTube. In less than 24 hours, the trailer garnered over 10 million views.