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chandigarh Updated: Jul 25, 2012 10:53 IST
Navleen Lakhi

Now that the Punjabi film industry is blooming, anyone who can afford is trying to invest money in regional films, especially when there is technological sophistication occurring concurrently. HT City spotted another such upcoming Punjabi film, Sadi Gali Aya Karo, being shot in the city and its vicinity, the last few days. A film having debutant actors, director and producer, it releases in September.

From making steel to films

This film has been produced by Nitin Saggar and Rahul Mankad, who have been into steel business from the past many years. Nitin hails from Mandi Gobindgarh and has done MBA. The man with 'filmy' connections tells us, "I have a house in Mumbai, so we keep travelling there. Also, Priyanka Chopra's mother is my aunt, so I was really inclined to invest money in films. Six months ago I explored the idea and realised that the budget of Hindi films is high. That's why I thought of starting with a Punjabi film."

The producers tell us that the film was made on a budget of one crore, and it's story is a love triangle between college students. The shoot has taken place at Chandigarh's Khalsa College, Panjab University, as well as Dharampur in Himachal Pradesh. Adds Nitin, "We have tried to rope in crew members from Mumbai, such as the makeup artist and cinematographer. Also, the film's songs have been sung by known singers such as Jaspinder Narula and Mika."

Directorial debut

The film also marks the debut of it's director, Sunil Puri, who hails from Chandigarh. An actor before going behind the camera, Sunil, 42, acted in TV serial Chunauti (aired on Doordarshan and later Zee TV in 1987). He says, "I have also acted in films such as Ab To Jeene Do (1995), but my friends always encouraged me to take up direction. So, it's because of their appreciation for my skills that I'm directing this movie today."

Fresh cast

Sadi Gali Aaya Karo's cast includes Anuj Puri, Zoya Afroz and Nav Bajwa (last seen in film, Pure Punjabi). Meanwhile, 18-year-old Mumbai girl Zoya was a child artiste. She says, "As a child actor, I was a part of movies such as Hum Sath Sath Hain and Kuch Na Kaho, and TV serial, Sonpari. Recently, I also did TV commercials for Coca Cola, Asian Paints and KFC."

Another new face in Punjabi cinema is Anuj Puri, 29, from SAS Nagar. He moved to Mumbai eight years ago and did an acting course from Roshan Taneja Institute in 2003. "Later, I did a Hindi film, Dhara, in 2008 and a Tamil film, Neyaee, in 2010. But this is my debut Punjabi film," he shares.