Punjabi rom-com Jatt and Juliet will be hitting theatres on June 29, but the film's song, Fatto, has already created waves in the virtual world managing more than 5 lakh views.
Ask Neeru, the female lead in the film, who 'Fatto' is and she chirps, "You and me and every girl in Punjab. It's a traditional colloquial Punjabi word and the film is just reviving it."
In city on Wednesday at Chocolate Room in Sector 9 for the music launch of the forthcoming film that stars Diljit Dosanjh opposite her, she shares how the romantic-comedy genre is taking Punjabi cinema ahead.
"This genre has been explored and well received in films such as My Best Friend's Wedding, Anjana Anjani, Hum Tum and many more, but I promise this film not being the Punjabi version of Hum Tum. It is quite different," says Neeru, adding, "I am confident that rom-com genre will be loved by Punjabi audiences too."
About not turning to Bollywood, Neeru asserts, "When I get to play the lead roles here why would I compromise on being just a decoration piece in Bollywood. Yes, if top-notch roles beckon, I am game."
Neeru, who has a number of Punjabi hits to her credit such as Asa Nu Maan Watna Da, Munde UK De and Heer Ranjha, has now become a face that instantly connects one to the Punjabi industry.
"I have been fortunate to have a niche in the Punjabi industry where till some time back female actresses did not have an identity. Audiences wait for my movies and for this I have worked very hard and my hard work is now getting acknowledged. There was a time when I wasn't paid well, but now filmmakers value my work," she says.
For aspiring actresses, Neeru, who will next be seen in Pinky Moge Wali and another untitled film with Diljit Dosanjh, has some advice: "Girls need to take themselves more seriously and be out of the 'haanji-haanji' trap."
Producers of Dharti and Mirza - The Untold Story, Darshan Singh Grewal and Gunbir Singh Sidhu with writer Dheeraj Rattan are back with Jatt and Juliet (lead roles played by Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa). The cast and crew of the film released its music in the city on Wednesday at Chocolate Room in Sector 9. Singer-turned-actor Diljit Dosanjh is candid, "I have not taken any formal training in acting, I have been and will always be a singer, but if filmmakers want me to be a part of their venture, I can't refuse. Playing the character of Fateh in the film was an experience in itself. I bet you will like the film and the trend-setting songs such as Fatto and Pooja Kiven."
Diljit, who will also be working in the film, 1984 Punjab, says, "The script is ready, the actor too but the producer is missing. It is not a masala film and the subject is controversial and real, so no one wants to risk his money." Diljit also plans to come out with two music albums. He will next be seen in Punjabi film Saadi Love Story with Amrinder Gill and in another untitled film with Neeru Bajwa.