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Lure of P-town

brunch Updated: Apr 17, 2013 09:43 IST
Navleen Lakhi
Navleen Lakhi
Hindustan Times
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When the cast of a Punjabi film includes actors Minissha Lamba, Mukul Dev and Hazel Keech and comedian Manoj Pahwa apart from Arya Babbar, comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi and theatre actor Preet Bhullar, it seems that Pollywood is becoming Bollywood’s second home.

In city on Tuesday along with the film’s director Sagar S Sharma, producer Etch-B aka Honey Bhullar and co-producer Gabbar aka Gaurav Sharma, the cast and crew announced the launch of Punjabi film Heer & Hero.

A film having young producers is a rare and pleasant sight. Says Etch-B, producer, “The film has a lot of young minds with passion that is infectious, which is required for a film to do well. The film’s cast is also good, as actors Minissha and Manoj Pahwa make their debut. Pahwa was loved for his roles in Office Office and Dabangg 2. Bodyguard actor Hazel Keech will be doing an item number in the film.” The film, a rom-com, is the maiden venture of city-based production house, The Theatre Army and HB Productions.

When asked about the reason for an increasing number of romantic comedies being made in Punjab, actor Gurpreet Ghuggi reasons, “On one hand, films such as Sadda Haq witness a ban, and on the other hand you expect filmmakers to pick serious subjects. At least rom-coms see the light of day as compared to serious films, which don’t find distributors. Even though films like Nabar win national awards, a film producer expects his film to be watched by as many as possible. But soon, the audience will appreciate other scripts as well.”