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Harbhajan to foray into Punjabi film industry as producer

Rajeev Bhaskar, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, January 29, 2013
First Published: 19:18 IST(29/1/2013) | Last Updated: 19:21 IST(29/1/2013)

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who is working hard to make a comeback in the Indian cricket team is all set to foray into the Punjabi film industry and plans to produce two Punjabi films under his own home production "B&M".


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"We have planned two Punjabi films, casting for which has already been finalised and shooting will begin, in Punjab and overseas, in May," Harbhajan told Hindustan Times on the sidelines of releasing his message in the form of poetry "Ik Suneha" against growing vulgarity in Punjabi songs, here on Tuesday.

"Bollywood stars will also be signed for the films, apart from existing superstars of Punjabi films," he said without revealing much on storyline and lyrics of the upcoming films.

Punjabi films are doing well, not only in Punjab but in the entire country besides abroad, which made him to accept the offer of a film production company by one of his friends and "B&M" came into existence, Harbhajan said.

Asked whether he would play the hero in the upcoming films, as done by most of the Punjabi singers, Harbhajan who was seen in Salman Khan-starrer "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi" ruled out any such possibility.

"I will definitely appear on the silver screen in my movies but with guest appearance only," he said.

"Both the films will be based on comedy, as it has been noticed that people like comedy more than the serious movies," he said, adding that further production of movies would depend on the response from people to these two movies.

Director Smeep Kang, who directed hit Punjabi movie "Carry on Jatta" will direct the upcoming movies of his home production, Harbhajan added.

Asked whether film production would be his fulltime profession after cricket, Harbhajan replied in negative and said primarily he would concentrate on cricket as he likes to take his cricket academy at his hometown, Jalandhar, to new height besides working hard to make a comeback in the Indian squad.

"Punjabi film industry has witnessed massive growth and I am proud to be associated with it," Harbhajan said.

Meanwhile, Harbhajan took serious note of vulgarity in Punjabi songs and tried to raise voice against degenerating trend in Punjabi music by releasing his "message" to all Punjabi singers and song writers.

To voice his opinion against the growing vulgarity in Punjabi music, Harbhajan sang poetry "Ik Suneha", which questioned the present content being popularised to demean women and culture.

The spinner said: "Though I am not a singer, through this video I want to make a mass appeal to all artistes, from singers and lyricists to composers, to make music that speaks of the rich heritage, patriotism and touches the soul. There are always buyers for positive content and fame doesn't always come with negativity."

He added that lyricists should stop writing obscene and vulgar songs, which encourage today's youth to indulge in anti-social practices such drug addiction, eve-teasing and violence.

The cricketer who draws his inspiration for singing from likes of Gurdas Mann has another song in the pipeline, which he has dedicated to his mother and would release on the Mother's Day.

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