“I feel I am a very small part of Punjabi cinema – my contribution is 12 minimal.” Exclusive with Diljit Dosanjh
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By Ninder Kaur
After the success of comedy films like Jatt and Juliet and Disco Singh, the biggest name in Punjabi cinema is back again! Diljit Dosanjh , the all-singing, the all-acting performer has teamed up with director Rohit Chauhan for the newly released fantasy film- ‘Sardaar Ji’
Speaking to Asian Style Magazine, Diljit talked about his new movie and puts those Bollywood movie debut rumours to rest.
- Tell us a bit about the film- Sardaar Ji?
It is a fantasy film and its the first of its kind in Punjab cinema. It is a family film that will make audiences from all age groups laugh. It has been filmed in India, Canada and England, so there are some great locations in the film.
2) Why should people go watch it?
Everyone should go and watch the film because there is no reason for them not to. The film has been directed by Rohit Jugraj and produced by Gunbir Singh Sidhu and Manmord Sidhu and they are great at what they do. The storyline is captivating, the music is great and the film has some spectacular special effects.
3) You usually play comedic roles in your films with the exception of a few films. Do you prefer roles like this or more serious ones?
The majority of films I have previously done are RomComs with the exception of Punjab 1984, which was a period drama. I have no preference over which types of character I play. I feel as though I can relate to most personality types, it is more so the team I work alongside and the storyline of a movie which attracts me to a role.
4) The music promos look amazing. What is your favourite track and why?
Veer Vaar is my favourite song from the film. I was saving it for my own personal album but I felt as though it went well in the film so we added it in last minute.
5) You and Neeru Bajwa seem to have great chemistry off screen and on screen. What was it like working with her again?
She is a brilliant actress. I see Neeru Bajwa as being my senior. She has a lot of experience within the industry and I feel she has taught me a lot. I feel as though I still have much more left to learn from her.
6) You always seem to play a character in love, but is there a special lady in your life?
Not right now. I am just concentrating on work right now. I am too busy touring at the moment so I don’t have time to think about it. When it happens it will happen.
7) You have won seven awards for Best Actor. Do you feel proud contributing to the Punjabi film industry?
I feel I am a very small part of Punjabi cinema – my contribution is minimal. I am just really happy that the movies I have been a part of, have received such a great response. In the future, I can only hope that the Punjabi film industry will get bigger and better. The budget for the films are increasing and there is a lot more support out there. I will continue to keep doing what I am doing and make the fans proud.
8) Punjabi films have both international and national success but do you feel that people usually play it safe by doing Punjabi comedy films? Would you consider doing more serious films?
Not necessarily. I was involved with Punjab 84 and that was a period film that won a national award. It all depends on the subject. When I decide on choosing a film, it doesn’t matter about how serious it is, it is all about the subject, whether it is a rom com, thriller or any other genre.
Doing a comedy movie isn’t an easy job. It’s actually really hard.
9) Is it true that you are going to be doing a Bollywood film with Kareena Kapoor?
Yes , that is true. I will be playing a lead role in Abhishek’s Chaubey’s ‘Udta Punjab’ which will also be starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor. The film deals with drug issues faced among youngsters in Punjab,so it has a very serious storyline. It will be my first Bollywood movie, so I am excited to see what the fans will think. The film will be out early next year.
10) What has been your favourite acting role to date?
I don’t really have a favourite. As long as I have a new and different role to my previous work that’s what I like. I like to play new roles to switch it up.
11) What factors make your decision when accepting a film? Is it the team you are working with, the script, the director…..?
It’s everything. First of all its got to have a good story. Then everything after that, I have to take into consideration- who is the director, the production team, the promoters, if I can relate to the character and do the director’s vision justice.
12) You have had a lot of success in the music and film industry, but which do you prefer?
I enjoy both but singing will always be my first love. It’s who I am. I enjoy singing the most and I believe in making songs. I am lucky that I have had opportunities in acting as well.
13) What’s next from you?
I am working on a number of films at the moment. In terms of music, I will be releasing some singles soon and hopefully next year in May I will be returning to the UK for a tour.
Sardaar Ji is now showing in UK cinemas nationwide.
About the Film:
The romantic comedy tells the story about an orphaned boy Jaggi (Diljit Dosanjh) and his ability to communicate with the spirit world. He is called to England from India to catch a mesmerising lady ghost, Neeru Bajwa (his Jatt and Juliet co-star) who he ends up falling in love with. The film also stars Mandy Takhar and Jaswinder Bhalla in pivotal roles.
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