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Mission entertainment

chandigarh Updated: Aug 22, 2012 13:05 IST
Navleen Lakhi

Punjabi movies, once known to compete with Bollywood for its quality of cinema, has now shift focus to just one criterion - entertainment. Attempting the same is yet another entertainer, Yaar Pardesi. The movie, which also features actor Claudia Ciesla, is ready to hit the theatres on August 24. Besides bringing together Punjab's favourite comedians, the movie will also serve as the launch pad for three new youngsters.

The star cast was in Chandigarh on Monday for the promotion of their movie at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1.

A film by National Award winner Yaar Pardesi is being directed by producer, director and writer Gurbir Singh Grewal - the director of films such as Mannat and Coffee House. "The market has now opened up to innovation. Earlier, we had troubles getting hold of a producer; now, things are easier. Yaar Pardesi, however, is not an out and out comedy; comedy though, is an important part of it. Made with a budget of R2.5 crore, it's a story of three young boys - the kind of entertaining story that leaves behind a message for the audience," says Gurbir.

Gurbir had won the National Award for his short film, Rajat Kamal, in 1986. He was also awarded the Punjabi Academy Award in 1998 by the Delhi Government for his contribution towards Punjabi language through TV and films. Presently, he is directing another Punjabi film, Saadi Wakhri Hai Shaan, which features Mandy Takhar and Sangram Singh.

Favourite comedians

After getting those funny bones working in Carry on Jatta, the trio of Gupreet Ghuggi, Binnu Dhillon and BN Sharma returns with Yaar Pardesi. About his role in the movie, Binnu Dhillon shares, "Though I play a negative character, Gurpreet Ghuggi will be responsible for most of the comedy. Though I started my career with a negative role, comedy was a pleasant deviation. Now, I'm back on track."

After Carry on Jatta and Sirphire, the audience will get to see BN Sharma as a police officer, yet again. "Though I have a negative shade to my character, it's not difficult for me to pull it off, thanks to my theatre background," says Sharma.

New lead

The movie will see the debut of 26-year-old Barnala boy, Dhanveer - a famous RJ with Big FM, who has done his post graduation from Punjabi University, Patiala. "I have been working as an RJ for quite some time now. Currently, I am hosting a show called Spark Top 20 on Spark Punjabi and Big 30 on Big FM." The movie also features two other newcomers - Vandana Singh (22) and Navdeep Kaler (28). Chandigarh girl, Vandana shares, "Born and brought up in Chandigarh, I have completed my studies from GCG 11. From the past four years, I have been doing theatre with Anita Shabdeesh. Recently, I also shot an advertisement with Katrina Kaif, and am doing a serial on Zee TV - Phir Subah Hogi."

Navdeep Kaler was earlier seen in Punjabi serial, Akhiyan Ton Door Jayeen Na.