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‘Electrifying’ experience

chandigarh Updated: Oct 21, 2012 10:49 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
Jaspal Bhatti

The man known as ‘the king of comedy’ has always believed in keeping the era of ‘comedy with logic’ alive, thanks to which, he has had hits such as Mahaul Theek Hai and Jija Ji to his credit. Now, he’s back with his third Punjbai film, Power Cut, which he says has a dry but strong subject.

Jaspal Bhatti, with the star cast of his film, was at Golf Club, Sector 6, Chandigarh, on Saturday to announce the release of the movie on October 26. About the film, he said, “I know when you hear the title of the film, you’d think, how can someone make a comedy film on such a dry subject? But, that’s where the challenge lies — extracting comedy out of a dry subject like power cuts.”

Jaspal Bhatti is the writer, director and the producer of the film in which he is also playing a major character. Like always, Bhatti has given quirky names to his characters, such as Bijjli (played by Surilie Gautam) and Current (played by Zafar Khan).

Elaborating further on the title, he said, “Power not only denotes bijli, it also talks about the political power, which transverses into personal power, which in turn takes up all their energy. If this political power is directed towards solving the actual power [bijli] problem of Punjab, it will help the people of Punjab phenomenally. Because we live in a blessed city like Chandigarh, we remain unaware of the 20 to 22-hour power cuts that people in Punjab face everyday. There is a saying in Punjab that our most spoken phrase is, ‘Aa gai aa gai aa gai! Chali gai, chali gai chali gai!” quipped the actor.

Talking about how they relate to the subject, Jasraj Bhatti said, “Our family has an in-depth knowledge about power (electricity), as my late grandfather, NS Bhatti, was a chief engineer at Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). As a matter of fact, Jaspal Sir also is an electrical engineer from PEC and retired as the senior executive engineer, PSEB.” Here, Jaspal intervened and said, “I have seen how things work there and have a tight grip on the subject.”
The film does not lack in terms of music either, as Gurmeet Singh (PTC and PIIFA award winner) has given the music for the film, which is decorated by the voices of Lehmber Hussainpuri, Master Saleem, Sunidhi Chauhan and Mikka.

Finally talking about the elephant in the room, more like car in this case, the proud son, Jasraj Bhatti, took over and said, “This car was Jaspal sir’s idea, but the designing part was handled by me. We got it made from an Amritsar-based modifier, Daljit (aka Diltod Daljit), and spent about R50,000 on the modification. This ‘beauty’ would be seen quite often in the film, including the title track, Ki Karoonga Jatt Je Lag Jaye Power Cut.” The movie has an interesting mix of cast members, with experienced actors such as Jaspal and Savitta Bhatti, BN Sharma, Jaswinder Bhalla, Prem Chopra, Gurchet Chitrakar, Rajesh Puri and Chandan Prabhakar on one hand, and the young brigade of lead actors Jasraj Bhatti (son of Jaspal Bhatti), Zafar Khan (student of Mad Arts) and Suriliee Gautam (TV actor; Yami Gautam’s sister) on the other .