The year 2012 has brought nothing but reasons to cheer for Punjabi singer-cum-actor, Gippy Grewal. After his song, Angreji Beat, became a national hit, thanks to Saif and Deepika starrer Cocktail, Gippy launched his own production house - Gurfateh Films and Sippy Grewal Productions.
What's next is his production house's first movie, an out-and-out comedy, Carry On Jatta, which hits theatres on July 27. A very elated Gippy gets candid with HT City about Carry On Jatta, Bollywood and his upcoming projects.
First thing first, we touch upon his upcoming movie, about which he says, "I'm playing the role of a boy called Jass, who falls in love with a girl.
It's basically a situational comedy. I'm sure Punjabi cinema has not seen such a comedy before. Also, it's one of my best works,opposite such a wonderful actor like Mahie Gill. "
About the movie's director, Smeep Kang, Gippy says, "When I went to see his previous movie, Chak De Phatte, I was not sure what kind of a movie it was. But the day I saw it, I realised the stronghold that the movie had in terms of comedy. Despite the fact that there was no designated hero, the movie revolved around the supporting cast.
The treatment of the film, probably, was not as strong. After that, I knew I wanted to work with Smeep when I launched my own production house. And, here we are today, ready with Carry On Jatta."With two more comedy flicks in the kitty, Gippy, 30, seems to be aiming at becoming the reigning funny man of Punjabi cinema.
"We are coming up with two more movies - Best of Luck and Singh Vs Kaur. The shoot of Best of Luck (starring Simran Kaur Mundi, Sonampreet Bajwa and Jazzy B) is almost complete. It's an action-comedy and will be released by November. As for Singh Vs Kaur (another action-comedy), it will be released by February 2012. Surveen Chawla is being cast opposite me for the latter,"he says.
Now, how could we let Gippy go without asking him about his most hyped film,
Mirza - The Untold Story? "The movie was over-hyped and people's expectations were really high. Moreover, I believe the Punjabi audience was not prepared for such a script. Also, there were certain loopholes in the editing of the movie. The biggest drawback, however, was the sky-scraping expectations, which worked against us," he admits.