Kumail Nanjiani wore a sherwani by Pakistani designer Umar Sayeed to the Eternals premiere in LA

Kumail Nanjiani wore a sherwani by Pakistani designer Umar Sayeed to the Eternals premiere in LA

In case you were wondering where Marvel's newest superhero got his purple sherwani made, look no further.
19 Oct, 2021

Kumail Nanjiani, the first Pakistani actor to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), recently set our hearts ablaze with his red carpet look for the Eternals premiere in Los Angeles on October 18. The actor stayed true to his roots with his fashion choices.

Nanjiani — who is playing superhero Kingo in the movie — asked his mother, Shabana, to help him pick the perfect outfit for the premiere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nanjiani's mind was set on wearing a traditional sherwani. "I wanted to wear a sherwani because 1. They look awesome and 2. My costume in the film always reminded me of sherwanis," he said. "And I wanted to use a designer in Pakistan, not just a Pakistani designer in the US So I called my mum, she gave me names of three amazing designers in Pakistan.”

Nanjiani's stylist Jeanne Yang connected to Pakistani designer Umar Sayeed via Instagram. The couturier was shown the actor's on-screen costume, meant to be the ultimate inspiration for his red carpet look. “I wanted the colours to be similar to my costume colours," Nanjiani told the publication. "Purple and gold are a beautiful combination. The paisley pattern is very traditional as well.”

Nanjiani's purple sherwani looked pretty regal and Mughal-like. Yang shared how Umar Sayeed “hand-beaded this beautiful paisley pattern in the front". "They did this beautiful pattern on the back with gold thread," she said. The sherwani was made to Nanjiani's exact measurements and only needed a few minor adjustments later on.

Umar Sayeed shared the pictures of Nanjiani wearing his bespoke creation to the red carpet on his Instagram as well. Talking about the red carpet outfit, the brand said they were "very humbled and excited" to see Nanjiani in their creation. "It was a pleasure working with him and his team," they said.

For the actor, being the first Pakistani to enter MCU comes with its own unique burden of representation. "I can only represent myself," he'd said during a comedy round table discussion in 2020. "So, I do feel the pressure, but the only way to relieve it is just to have more people have these opportunities. I, one person, cannot represent a whole group of people because all of our experiences and backgrounds are completely different."

Nanjiani didn't just have to contend with the socio-political aspects, he had to go through gruelling physical training to look every bit the super hero that Thor looks in the Marvel Universe. The actor became an overnight tabloid sensation when pictures of his now ripped body went public.

Nanjiani is starring in Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harington in the film adaptation of the 1976 comic by Jack Kirby called The Eternals.


N K Ali Oct 19, 2021 01:08pm
Waah bhai Kumail, ye tou buhot hi zabardast hai. Very smart and very aesthetic. It fits perfectly and you look outstanding. Best wishes to your family and you. (I pray your film staff liked the sherwani). Salams
Faizan Oct 19, 2021 01:17pm
Pakistani fashion is simply the best.
Abdul Oct 19, 2021 01:26pm
Hassan Oct 19, 2021 01:51pm
Looks great.
NYS Oct 19, 2021 02:00pm
If I say 'Regal 'not wrong it to be
Junaid Oct 19, 2021 03:24pm
@Faizan Nope. It resembles a cadbury.
Hashmat Oct 19, 2021 04:23pm
Of all the guys from Pakistan , he had to be the one ! Why life why ?
Omar Oct 19, 2021 04:39pm
Cadbury dairy milk suit
Awes Oct 19, 2021 05:50pm
It is so funny that Kumail hired Jeanner Yang to be his stylist after Silicon Valley ended, way to go!
AA Oct 19, 2021 05:59pm
Beautiful, but why shoes with pajama? should be wearing khussas instead.
Click Oct 19, 2021 06:12pm
Looks like dairy milk.
Ehsan Oct 19, 2021 06:49pm
He always try’s to project Pakistan
well-wisher Oct 19, 2021 07:51pm
Best of luck, Kumail.
Zak Oct 19, 2021 07:52pm
Looking awesome and excellent sherwani. US gets to see the artistic talented side of Pakistan.
GreenAura Oct 19, 2021 08:32pm
This chap is awesome. A real Pakistani gent.
Shaan Oct 19, 2021 10:41pm
brother knows how to represent!
Zulfiqar Oct 19, 2021 11:15pm
Very elegant looking design. Congrats to the creators and to Kumail for wearing it.
ambreen Oct 19, 2021 11:23pm
Awesome ! Waiting to see the movie .So glad to see him be a part of it .
Alsafa Oct 20, 2021 12:02am
Purple curtains.
Irshad Tayebji Oct 20, 2021 05:42am
Look like a Gay Cadbury fairy ... Way to go !
Saima Oct 21, 2021 07:32pm
Ugliest curtains ever made
SachBol Oct 22, 2021 02:47pm
@Ehsan…that’s another good part about him.