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Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan says his character Mauji in the film Sui Dhaaga is inspired from a comic character, the village simpleton Suppandi.

Dhawan essays the role of a tailor and an office peon in the film.

Dhawan said: “I read a lot of biographies... I’ve read one on Dev Anand. I love reading Suppandi. I used to read that a lot during my childhood. Even the characters I do, like 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.”

The actor spoke about it as he unveiled the cover of author Amish Tripathi’s latest book Suheldev and The Battle of Bahraich on Monday.

It will be published under his brand new series titled Indic Chronicles.

Dhawan said Shashank Khaitan, director of his next film Rannbhoomi, is a fan of Tripathi’s works. However, he said they will not steal his ideas, and will take permission if required.