Too much of anything is bad. But our Punjabi filmmakers don’t seem to think so; as is visible in one rom-com after the other hitting theatres near us.
Filmmaker Naresh Singla (the man who claims to have directed 65 commercial advertisements and 200 Punjabi albums with singers such as Master Saleem, Kaler Kanth and Feroz Khan), announcing his upcoming rom-com Ik Waari Haan Karde at Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on Thursday, has this to offer, “I know every other Punjabi film is a romantic-comedy these days, but that’s what sells!”
And how about the world of concrete subjects that filmmakers can experiment with? “Have you seen what’s happening with Punjabi film Sadda Haq? It’s about real-life events from the days of terrorism in Punjab—a very good subject—but it has still not been approved by the censor board. Also, do you think the Punjabi audience is ready for such films?”
The filmmaker, however, doesn’t plan on sticking to Pollywood only in the future.
“After this film, I would be making a Hindi film called Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo. It’s based on a sex worker’s life; I have written the script and would also be directing the film,” says the filmmaker who wants to follow in the footsteps of late Jaspal Bhatti.
About casting all newcomers for his latest film, Naresh says, “Though it’s difficult for a fresh cast to make a mark, I believe my work will pull the crowd.”
But, since it’s a rom-com, seasoned character actors such as Jaswinder Bhalla, Binnu Dhillon, Rana Ranbir or BN Sharma would have added to the script, right? “Yes, a comedian like Binnu could have fit the bill, but since the industry is growing, these famous actors don’t have the time anymore.”