Audience has the power to change trends: Amrinder Gill

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2015 14:01 IST
Punjabi actor-singer Amrinder Gill (HT photo)

Shy, affable and grounded, Amrinder Gill almost makes you forget that one is in conversation with top star of the Punjabi industry. Born in Amritsar, the actor-singer’s talent has a unique charm that has captivated Punjabis across the world. Gearing up for the release of his next film ‘Angrej’, HT spoke to him about the film, what makes it unique, the latest music trends and more.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q: Your next, ‘Angrej’, claims to offer something new to its audience. How is it different from your earlier films?

It does not unfold a regular love story from the modern times but a story of love set in rural Punjab of 1945 and at the same time silently introduces the traditional Punjabi culture and lifestyle. The sets, costumes and even the dialogues have been sensitively penned in sync with that era. Every scene is packed with high doses of comedy, which will help form a connect with the elderly especially those who were young in those days. At the same, it will be a rare experience for today’s youth.

“I play the role of Angrej, the lead character along with Ammy Virk, Binnu Dhillon, Aditi Sharma, Sargun Mehta and several others for whom getting into the shoes of someone from 40’s was not as easy. So, we met several elderly individuals many times to know about their lifestyle and honestly, I also read many books on old Punjabi culture, use of language, saw documentaries and so on. And, interestingly, one of my young fans after watching the film trailer said his late grandfather would have enjoyed watching such a film.

Q: How do view the current trend of Punjabi cinema?

Of course, it has turned very popular but can only touch new heights of fame if it explores several new avenues and concepts. We need to keep it away from monotony and as of now; it is just the beginning.

Q: Talking of the music industry, what can be done to put an end to the innumerous songs composed on drugs and weapons every few days?

“We cannot stop anything all of a sudden. Punjab’s music industry is only presenting what its audiences like but if the same viewers especially youngsters avoid listening to such songs, the singers and lyricists will naturally get discouraged to come out with any such songs. This is the best solution. Besides, establishment of censor board for music industry can be very helpful to curb this culture. Thirdly, I also feel songs and films are for entertainment and should be taken in that spirit. Why let any negative influence come in the way!

Q: According to several sources in the Punjabi music industry, related on drugs and hooliganism also help attain instant fame. Do you agree?

Unfortunately, this is true and there are several examples but as I said earlier, the audiences have the power to change such trends. Do not forget that we clap with two hands. So, we work in tandem and hence, you have the answer.

Q: And finally, what is the one thing you wish to tell our young readers out there?

Life can get a new meaning and zeal if we follow our passion… Parents must support their children’s talent as it has been rightly said that a bird never flew on one wing.

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