As youth icons Rannvijay and Amrinder Gill co-act in their latest Punjabi film, they talk about the taking regional cinema beyond the clichéd violence.
They claim they are trying to veer Punjabi cinema towards projection of its reality.
After last year's political thriller, Dharti, Navaniat Singh and Jimmy Shergill have got together again to churn out on celluloid a film that talks about the 'real' Punjab and it's goal-centric youth. However, Taur Mittran Di sees Jimmy in the mantle of a producer, along with Eros International.
Talking about the May 11 release at the film's music release in Chandigarh on Tuesday, actor Rannvijay Singh, actor-singer Amrinder Gill and comedian Rana Ranbir seemed cheery and optimistic about the film. Written by Dheeraj Rattan, the duo informs that the movie is drama based on youth, being a mix of comedy, action and romance.
Jokes Rannvijay, who is currently juggling Vjing with acting, "Ninety-five percent of the film' shoot has been done in Amritsar and nearby areas such as Tarn Taran, which is Amrinder's native place. So if anyone in the unit ever felt hungry, we could count on Amrinder knocking on people's doors, who were more than happy to oblige him."
In awe of Amrinder for having gained people's love, Rannvijay adds that the their small-budget (R3 crore) film was shot in 40 days.
Meanwhile, Amrinder, who has also sung for the film that has music by Jaidev Kumar, backs music as being one of the most outstanding qualities of the film. "The songs have been shot in Leh, in which we have styled ourselves quite well."
With Jimmy having taken care of the accounts, the actors say they feel responsible for the film's fate, though they say the script can be banked upon.
Rana Ranbir adds here, "Punjab is just not about vulgarity and violence. The taur in our film is not about wearing less clothes or unnecessary aggression, but about youth standing for a cause."
Effervescent talker Rannvijay would like to have the last word. "I won't take the onus of giving Punjabi culture an image-makeover, but I can say that we have come up with a smart film and tried to portray youngsters as peace-loving individuals. In fact, the film will also promote our national game of hockey," he shares.
'I did three movies for free'
Mumbai-based music director Jaidev Kumar, who debuted in 1999 by giving music to Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi's popular track Dil Le Gayi Kudi Gujarat Di, is the man behind most of Punjabi films' music.
But the going wasn't always easy, shares Jaidev, "After the success of Shaheed-e-Mohabbat Boota Singh (1999), there weren't many good Punjabi films coming up. In such a scenario, I composed music for Jee Aayan Nu, Asa Nu Maan Watna Da and Yaaran Nal Baharaan without charging any money.'
Jaidev has also recently given music to Hindi film Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster, feels Bollywood is incomplete without 'Punjabism'. However, he concedes that filmmakers call the shots when it comes to giving music to films. "Situations are given to us, according to which we are to compose music."
He signs off, "It is the responsibility of filmmakers and music directors to experiment and bring novelty, to attract audiences."