Adding another feather to the decorated hat of Pollywood, Punjabi feature film, Bikkar Bai, Senti-Mental, is set to hit theatres in February 2013. The film, however, has an unusual cast — there’s an experienced actor like Shahbaz Khan, then there’s debutant actor Jassi Jasraj, who’s venturing into the acting world with this movie. And, how can we forget the pretty damsel, former Bollywood actor Preeti Jhangiani for whom this movie is going to be the second shot at Punjabi cinema, the first one having bombed at the box office.
When in Chandigarh at Hotel Park Plaza, Sector 17, on Wednesday, while announcing the film, two new production houses — Prabh Sharan Films and Shanti Films — which are also co-producing the film, were also launched with a vision to offer rich content to Punjabi
The film, however, has been tailored to fit the real life character of Jassi Jasraj, who is known for his outspoken attitude. “When the producers were planning the film, they called me and said, ‘it’s just you who we think can pull off the character of Bikkar Bai.’ My role is that of a common man who suffers in the suffering of others. Music, however, remains my first love. Although, I will be open to all kinds of films for a good buck, and I must add that they are paying me quite well!”
Ask the pretty Preeti why she had been missing from the big screen for almost six years and she says, “My 17-month-old baby boy, Jaiveer, kept me busy, but I would also like to blame my laid back attitude. There was a time when filmmakers used to knock at door, but I took it easy. Not that I did not have the passion for acting, it was the aggression that was missing. Now that I know where I went wrong, I’m back! Though my first Punjabi film [Sajna Ve Sajna in 2007] didn’t do well, I have my hopes up for this one. From now on, my selection of projects would depend on movies made with the right intention.”
About Punjabi cinema, she further adds, “Punjabi cinema is growing by leaps and bounds. Even if I do not know Punjabi fluently, I would still insist on letting the director dub my own dialogues, like I did for my previous film.”
Miss Jhangiani shot to fame with Bollywood film Mohabetein and she believes that’s the only role that still stays with her.