Even though it’s taken her quite a few years to make the transition from the small screen to the big, Kulraj Randhawa isn’t perturbed. On the contrary, she calls her journey — from the teleseries Kareena Kareena to her film debut, Yamla Pagla Deewana — superb: “The shift has been awesome. To work with all the three Deols in my first film is a major thing.”
Like most big breaks, YPD came to Randhawa by chance. “Samir (director Samir Karnik) was making a film on a serious subject. When he saw my pictures, he said I was close to the character he had in mind for a movie with the three Deols. When I heard the script, I knew it was right for me,” recalls Randhawa who felt like part of the co-actors’ family during the shoot.
“While we were filming in Punjab, they ensured that I had ‘ghar ka khaana’ (home cooked food) as their village was close by,” she says. Although she became pally with Sunny and Bobby, their father is her favourite. “Dharamji is like a father figure. He pampered me throughout,” she says.Ask her about reports of her being in a relationship with director Karnik, and Sunny and Bobby addressing her as ‘bhabhi’ (sister-in-law) and she fumes. "It’s all rubbish. I won’t tolerate this kind of journalism. I’m taking legal action against people behind such malicious reporting," asserts she, adding that her focus is on her career and there’s no scope for distractions.
She’s finalised two films after YPD, but is unwilling to reveal anything. “The paperwork is yet to be completed,” she shrugs.
Randhawa is also working on a few scripts. She also confesses to being consumed by work on a book. She reveals,“I’m working on a story set against the backdrop of war. I hope to see it being made into a film too. I don’t want to go with this script because then people will suggest changes, for the sake of commercial viability.”