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Changing lanes

Think Ashmit Patel and what instantly comes to mind are Bigg Boss and Veena Malik. What his 8 years of Bollywood career couldn't do, the reality show did in a matter of months - make him a household name, especially for his sizzling chemistry with the Pakistani model-actress.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 28, 2012 10:35 IST
Swati Goel Sharma

Think Ashmit Patel and what instantly comes to mind are Bigg Boss and Veena Malik. What his eight years of Bollywood career couldn't do, the reality show did in a matter of months - make him a household name, especially for his sizzling chemistry with the Pakistani model-actress.


While it's been a good two years since he appeared on Bigg Boss season 4, we haven't seen much of Ashmit either on the small or the big screen. Now, comes a revelation: the actor is all set to make his debut in Punjabi cinema! The film titled Dil Sadda Luteya Gaya will star him as the lead alongside Jonita Doda and Jividha Ashta.

On a Punjab-tour with the film's crew to spread the news about his new crusade, Ashmit looks fit as always and ready to answer anything that comes his way.

How did this role come about? "The producer, Angad Singh, knew me and he approached me for the role. I liked the script and agreed," he simply replies. Ashmit has no family connection with the state and is far from fluent in the language. But he has loads of Punjabi friends and will even start taking Punjabi lessons in a week, he says.

"Moreover, thanks to Punjabis who are everywhere, every Indian knows a little bit of the language."

The actor adds that he has always been mistaken for a Punjabi, going by his rough-and-tough looks.
Does he follow Pollywood? The actor promptly replies that he has heard a lot about the recent blockbuster Jatt & Juliet. Has he also heard that it's the Punjabi singers who rule the roost in Pollywood. "This is the first concern I shared with Angad when he asked me for the role. But then we have an exception in Jimmy Shergill," he says. "I think people will now worship actors and not singers here," comes the cool rejoinder.

Finally, we ask him about his 'status' with Veena. "We share a special relationship and are very good friends. But we both are too busy to catch up. In fact, I don't even know what she is up to these days," he says, the smile intact. Did he know about the cancellation of Veena Ka Swayamvar following the channel's decision to shut down? "I do. Well, if not through this show, she'll find somebody soon," smiles Ashmit, who recently signed a film with Malik, titled Supermodel, to be directed by Navin Batra.

Meanwhile, the actor has finished a periodic film titled The Flag in Bhuj, an international film called Florida Road, a Bengali socio-political film titled Lal Salaam, is shooting for Parivar alongside Sara Khan, and is expected to shortly appear on a reality dance show as a wildcard entry.