‘A music album, be it of a film, if solely based on folk cannot do well. That does not mean we have not given importance to folk; fusion is the key word,” is how Gippy Grewal decides to kick start the music launch of his upcoming film, Singh V/s Kaur. The Punjabi singer was at Park Plaza, Sector 17, on Monday, and was accompanied by character actors Binnu Dhillon, Karamjit Anmol and BN Sharma. Gurfateh Films and Sippy Grewal Productions are set to release the movie, which is being directed by Navaniat Singh, on February 15.
If the teasers are to go by, the film seems to have a ‘violent tadka’, which Gippy laughs off by saying, “The gun that you see in trailers is a toy gun, and the gandasa you’ve seen me holding is only to do justice to my character, that of a bodyguard. There’s nothing violent about the film; it’s a full-on entertainer.”
Since everyone seems to be going the Bollywood way, Gippy Grewal clears the air by saying, “I am not looking at Bollywood. I did get many big offers but decided to refuse them because the songs that music directors put in front of me were neither Hindi nor Punjabi—that won’t do justice to my mother tongue. The track Angrezi Beat was picked up because it was a good number. Thus, if anyone from the industry is interested in my songs, they can approach me.”
However, his brother Sippy Grewal, who would be seen in a turban in the film, says that he would be acting in a Hindi film.
Besides catching up with the brothers, HT City also spotted UK-based music composer and singer Dr Zeus in the audience. Why a mere spectator to the event? “Gippy is a good friend, so I am here to meet him and talk about work. Yes, I would be working with him, Amrinder Gill and Jazzy B soon, among other projects.”
After the success of his previous album, The Hidden Treasures (2012), Zeus has this to say about the current Punjabi music scene, “The quality of our music is really improving. In fact, some tracks make be believe we’re leaving Bollywood behind!”
And how could Honey Singh not come up? “I love his music. He is talented but he needs to focus on clean lyrics, as opposed to what he is being associated with today,” says Zeus.
Bowled over by Punjabi cinema
Also spotted at the event was cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who spoke to us about Punjabi cinema. “In the past few years, Punjabi cinema has upgraded itself to a whole new level. Lately, I saw Jatt and Juliet and Carry On Jatta, and simply loved both of them. Every Punjabi is now proud of the industry.” Putting rumours of him entering Pollywood to rest, Bhajji says, “Absolutely not. I just play cricket, and am here to support my friend Gippy, who is a terrific actor and singer.”