Excited for having had the opportunity to portray a wide variety of roles in Punjabi films, actors Gurpreet Ghuggi and Gippy Grewal now hope to contribute to the region’s film industry’s growth.
In Amritsar recently to promote their next Punjabi film Bhaji in Problem, Ghuggi and Grewal, who share a warm bond, said, “We are more than exited for this film as the Punjabi audience will see Akshay Kumar, one of Bollywood’s biggest superstars, for the first time in a Punjabi film.”
Calling Akshay his “best buddy”, Ghuggi says he is proud of the fact that the Bollywood star is a Punjabi. “Akshay gave me some golden chances to work with him in films such as Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye, Namastey London, Singh is Kinng and Khiladi 786,” says Ghuggi, adding that Akshay was very passionate about Bhaji in Problem, in which he not only acts but which he has co-produced along with Ghuggi.
Directed by Smeep Kang (of Carry on Jatta fame) and produced by Viacom 18 (their first Punjabi venture as producers), Bhaji in Problem is slated for a November 15 release. It is a joint venture by Akshay (through his production company Grazing Goat) and Ghuggi (through his company Round Square), clarifies Ghuggi. The film, which also stars Ragni Khanna and BN Sharma amongst others, would be a laugh riot, claim its makers.
Ghuggi says working with Akshay was a learning experience as the actor would keep everyone motivated on the sets. “This also surprised Gippy, who was initially nervous to work with Akshay due to his superstar status in Bollywood,” Ghuggi adds.
Apart from Akshay, Ghuggi and Grewal are also ecstatic to work in another film with actor Dharmendra, who is in Chandigarh to shoot for his first Punjabi film, Double Di Trouble. The two term any day spent with Dharmendra as “a golden day as he is so patient, friendly and empathetic.” “The way he [Dharmendra] gets into the character leaves everyone spellbound,” adds Ghuggi.
Ask them what made them do well for themselves in the entertainment industry and they are quick to say, “We never missed an opportunity to participate in youth fests or functions in school. This gave us a lot of confidence.”