As a part of of a promotion for the upcoming movie "Three Idiots," actors Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor spent a day with a family of Chanderi handloom weavers at a remote village in Madhya Pradesh. The saree that he wove is set to be auctioned later and the profits will go towards the weavers, Aamir has promised.
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan did a Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh when he surprised a weaver by spending hours at his humble house along with Kareena Kapoor.
Aamir, 44, who has come up with a unique way to promote his forthcoming film 3 Idiots, called on the surprised weaver Hukum Koli and his wife at their brick-and-mud house in Pranpur village in Chanderi district.
Counted amongst the highest paid actors in Bollywood, Aamir and Kareena wove a sari with the weaver’s family and received generous tips from the weaver and his wife Kamlesh. The duo also savoured a meal of pooris and ‘lauki ki subzi.’
The sari made by Kareena and Aamir will go for auction through an NGO, and the money will go for the development of the village. It carries the names of both the stars.
“I want to create awareness among the youth to make handloom a more integral part of their wardrobe. It is like wearing Italian shoes because they are handmade. The same goes for handloom,” Aamir told a team of people travelling with him.
Hukum Koli said that both the actors also bought saris for their families. Aamir who was Mr. Geniality personified, promptly gifted one to Kareena too.
Kareena told media persons that it was an NGO that had alerted Aamir about the plight of the weavers and the dying art of Chanderi sari making. “The saris are sold for thousands in cities but the weavers get only a small fraction of that,” she said.
Chanderi, a town of historical importance surrounded by hills, lakes and forests, is known for its handloom. These off white saris were traditionally made of cotton, but over the years they started using silk threads.
Aamir’s sudden visit to a rural heartland triggered comparisons with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who earlier taken British Foreign Secretary David Miliband to a village in his Amethi constituency. The 39-year-old politician had spent the entire night at Dalit Shiv Kumari’s house, while Miliband went to Dalit woman Karma’s place and slept on her cot. Both had dinner with the hosts.