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Mann for all seasons

Punjabi film industry has witnessed a golden phase of late, courtesy a few recent blockbuster hits. The success’ key, however, lay in the love-topped-with-dollops-of-comedy mantra. Finally, what is expected to be a breath of fresh air, Harbhajan Mann says his next would set new standards for the industry.

brunch Updated: Aug 23, 2013 09:36 IST
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Punjabi film industry has witnessed a golden phase of late, courtesy a few recent blockbuster hits. The success’ key, however, lay in the love-topped-with-dollops-of-comedy mantra. Finally, what is expected to be a breath of fresh air, Harbhajan Mann says his next would set new standards for the industry.


Sharing the same at the music release of Haani, at Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on Thursday, Mann says, “I am returning with this film after an interval of two years. The break was because I was looking for change. While the Punjabi film industry is doing great, it needs a change from the mundane comedies.”

About Haani — which also stars Sarabjeet Cheema, has music by Jaidev Kumar and lyrics by Babu Singh Mann — Mann adds, “I wanted to work with Amitoj Mann again, after Mirza. So, we came up with the idea of Haani, which narrates the story of two generations and two couples — one is based in the Punjab of 1964 and the other in 2013.”

Mann essays the character of Ranjeet in the film, which is being produced by him and writer Babu Singh Mann. “This is the most challenging character I have played so far. The audiences will get to see a new me in the film, something they possibly cannot expect, given my characters in the past. I will be seen in kurta chadra with a turban.”

Mann undertook a rigorous three-week workshop in Mumbai for a special fight scene in the film. Besides Haani, Mann has already locked the scripts of three Punjabi films, informs he, “I am back with a bang! The shooting for my next with Manmohan Singh is to commence soon. Work on my next album is also on; the album will be out by November this year.”

On the political front, as the chairman of the District Planning Board, SAS Nagar, he defensively says, “I am grateful to Sukhbir Badal for offering me the coveted post. I am, however, not interested in politics and will never contest elections or take up politics as a full-time career. I will always remain an artiste.”

The debutant

Haani will see the debut of actor Mahreen Kaleka, who is a student of law at Punjabi University, Patiala. The actor was earlier seen in Harbhajan Mann’s video from his album, Satrangi Peengh. Talking about her character, Mahreen, says, “I essay the character of Sukha in the film, the love interest of Harbhajan Mann. My character is torn between love for her beau, respect for her parents and standing up for love in the traditional Punjabi society of 1964.”