Actor Randeep Hooda feels that Bollywood has been portraying Haryanvis in a negative light for a long time. The 39-year-old, who was born and brought up in Haryana, hopes that his upcoming films including his latest release Laal Rang will change people’s perception about the state and its people.
“For a long time, films have been showing Haryana and its people in a negative way. According to films, Haryanvis only indulge in Khap Panchayats, female foeticide and honour killings. Yes, this is also true to some extent, but there is so much more to the state than that. It’s kind of disappointing to know that the other part of the country does not know what the real Haryana is like,” says the Kick actor.
“However, I do believe that there are some films that will now change it. Salman Khan and Aamir Khan’s upcoming films will probably show the other side of Haryana, which will tell people that Haryana is perhaps different. These films will help break the stereotypes associated with Haryanvis,” adds Randeep, who’s currently in the Capital to shoot for a Salman Khan film, in which Khan plays a wrestler from Haryana.
Talking about his latest release, he says, “We don’t abuse when we are angry. Hum pyaar mein gaali dete hain, gusse mein toh seedha hit karte hain. That’s one of the many things that people don’t know about us. Haryanvis are full of zest and have a great sense of humour. That is something we have been very careful about in this film. There are no profanities in the film, because we wanted to keep it that way.”