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In 1989, when he first assisted Punjabi film Marhi Da Deeva — starring Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval and Parikshit Sahni — he possibly couldn’t have foreseen it winning a National Award. Not only did the film win the award, it also went on to become one of the most popular cult Punjabi films.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 13, 2014 12:08 IST
Navleen Kaur Lakhi

In 1989, when he first assisted Punjabi film Marhi Da Deeva — starring Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval and Parikshit Sahni — he possibly couldn’t have foreseen it winning a National Award. Not only did the film win the award, it also went on to become one of the most popular cult Punjabi films.


In the process, Gurcharak Virk dreamt of directing a film one day. He didn’t, however, set a deadline for himself.

As a result, despite spending 25 years in the industry as a video director, lyricist, writer and producer, Gurcharan Virk didn’t launch himself as a film director.

2014 finally marks his debut as a film director, with upcoming Punjabi film, Fight Back. We come across him during the announcement of the film — which also stars actors Harish Verma, Anjana Sukhani, Kartar Cheema and Yograj Singh — at Chandigarh Press Club on Sunday, where Virk introduces us to his compliant confidence in the project and his big bundle of knowledge and experience.

About his journey in the industry, Virk says, "I have been thinking about directing a film for the past four years. In fact, I started two films last year -- one of them was shut down by producers, as their previous film Bikkar Bai Sentimental didn’t do well; the other one I quit on."

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Ask him about the reason behind the latter and he leaves you amazed when he says, “Actors and comedians these days work the way they want to by becoming the masters of their own dialogues, scene and screenplay. Then, the producer wants to cater to his own whims and fancies, not paying heed to the director’s vision.”

Talking about Fight Back, the story, screenplay and dialogues of which are written by renowned playwright Pali Bhupinder, he says, “It’s a youth-oriented mystery film that touches upon the drug scene of Punjab.

Why I’m confident about my film is because no one in Punjab works on screenplay; I have visualised each scene in my mind and am clear about the execution. Set to release in September this year, the film promises to keep the audiences gripped, something 2013’s films failed to do.

The film revolves around Kabaddi and the way the youth of Punjab is drowning in drugs such as poppy husk and opium. We will also break a few misconceptions about heroin and smack, which are only smuggled through Punjab and not consumed by the youth here. The audience would also find hints of the Jagdish Bhola drug racket in the film.”

For those who are still unable to establish a connection with Virk, his claim to fame has been some commercials written by him — Dairy Milk’s ‘Meethe main kuch meetha ho jaye’ and Airtel’s ‘har ek friend jaruri hota hai’.