Pollywood's directorial debuts
This year, the Punjabi film industry will see several upcoming film directors make their debuts in the director's chair. Here are a few of the new names and movies to look out for in 2012 by Navleen Lakhi.chandigarh Updated: Jul 31, 2012 18:23 IST
Yamley Jatt Yamley
Film history: The 28-year-old Amritsar native shifted to Mumbai in 2006 after completing his BA from Panjab University, Chandigarh, in 2005. His journey in the film industry began as an assistant director, working on movies such as Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Rang De Basanti, Ammtoje Mann's Kaafila and Abhinav Kashyap's Dabangg. He eventually launched his own production company in 2011 called Sav Pal Productions which has its base in Mumbai.
"When I was in Amritsar, movies such as Gurinder Chadha's Bride and Prejudice and Yash Raj's Veer-Zara were in the process of production in the city. The role of the director and thought of sitting on the director's chair really fascinated me. As a director, the control is always in that person's hands and one has the power to showcase his vision. And, here I am today, directing my own movie," smiles Dadwal.
Debut film: Under Sav Pal Productions, he has produced, directed and acted in the upcoming movie, Yamley Jatt Yamley - The Urban Tadka. "I wrote the story in 2010 and the screenplay was later written by screenwriter Gurjind Mann. It's a romantic comedy which was shot in Punjab and Goa, starring actors Jonita Doda, Bharti Singh, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Rana Ranbir, Guggu Gill and Shavinder Mahal," says Dadwal about the movie that will release in mid-October.
He adds, "The movie's soundtrack is also an integral part of the production with songs sung
by music industry veterans such as Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Feroz Khan, Lehmber Hussainpuri, Javed Ali and Surjit Khan."
Upcoming projects: Dadwal will start shooting for his second movie, Rambo, Ranjha and Romeo, in February 2013. This film, which is a story of three friends, will again see him multitask as the director, producer and actor. The cast has not yet been finalised.
Saadi Love Story
Film history: Hailing from an air force background, 36-year-old Dheeraj Rattan travelled extensively during his childhood days. He started working as a sales boy in Ludhiana in 1997 but his infatuation with movies provoked him to shift to Mumbai in 2000.
"I had no formal training in filmmaking, but was aware that great directors such as Raju Hirani, Vishal Bhardwaj and Aditya Chopra, are also talented screenwriters. So, I began by assisting film writer Dilip Shukla, followed by screenwriting for various television serials, documentaries, ad films and so on," he shares.
Since then, Rattan has done screenwriting for Hindi movies such as Mumbai Salsa, Haal-e-Dil, 1920, Aage Se Right, Shaapit: The Cursed and Phhir. He has also written the screenplay and dialogues for Punjabi films such as Mel Karade Rabba, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, Taur Mittran Di and Jatt & Juliet.
Debut film: Rattan is debuting as a director with the film, Saadi Love Story, which is a romantic comedy starring Diljit Dosanjh, Surveen Chawla, Neeru Bajwa, Amrinder Gill, Neetu Singh, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Navneet Nishan and Dolly Ahluwalia. The film is being produced by Jimmy Shergill Productions and Eros Entertainment.
"I had the idea for this film in mind for quite some time. But I only wanted to make it with a huge star cast. The movie, which will release in October, will be shorter in length as compared to other Punjabi movies," he shares.
Upcoming projects: Rattan has written the story and screenplay of upcoming Punjabi films, Best of Luck and Singh Vs Kaur and has written the screenplay of upcoming movie, Rangeeley. Soon, he will also direct a Hindi movie which will have Jimmy Shergill as the lead.
"Life has inspired me at every step and my goals have always changed with time. From meeting brilliant actors like Amitabh Bachchan to seeing my name on screen, I keep setting new goals as the previous ones are achieved," says the promising new director.
Raula Pai Gaya
Film history: Atharv Baluja studied at St Columba's School, Delhi, before doing his BTech from Thappar University, Patiala, in 2009. A movie buff (he used to watch at least one film a day), Baluja was always drawn to filmmaking.
During college, using a handycam, he experimented with filmmaking - he made a feature film on college life and a documentary on drug abuse in Punjab. He then made two music videos, Banda Singh Bahadar and Kalli Nu Mil Mitra, for Punjabi singer Ravinder Grewal.
"I used a video camera for the first time during my college days and that is when I truly understood the power of the camera. That's where my real inspiration came from," shares the 24-year-old who is currently based in Delhi.
Debut film: His debut film, Raula Pai Gaya, stars Ravinder Grewal, Surbhi Jyoti, BN Sharma, Binnu Dhillon, Jaswinder Bhalla, Kartar Cheema and Maninder Vaily. Reveals the director, "It's a complete entertainer with elements of comedy, drama and romance. A bit like a Karan Johar (Bollywood film director) film."
The movie, which releases on August 31, was shot at Hemkunt Sahib, Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Goa. He adds, "I'm also a certified Autodesk Smoke video editor, which is an online procedure for the finishing and perfecting of a film. Our film will also incorporate this technique."
Upcoming projects: "Many people have approached me for work but I'm still waiting for my debut film to release. My next project will also feature Ravinder Grewal but will be different from my first film."
Sagar S Sharma:
Film history: Formerly known as Hemant Sharma, the 36-year-old upcoming director was born and raised in Moga. Initially, he formed a theatre group in 1999 called Triple S Group where he directed and wrote various plays.
In 2004, he shifted his base to Mumbai and assisted film director Guddu Dhanoa for the movies, Kismat, Big Brother and Sheesha. He also was the assistant director of several TV serials such as Kasauti Zindagi Ki, Kasam Se, Kasturi and so on.
Later, in 2011, he entered the Punjabi film industry as a chief assistant director for Lion of Punjab and associate director of Yaar Anmulle.
Debut film: Sharma discovered his inclination towards direction while working on Yaar Anmulle. Now, he is all set for the debut of his upcoming film, Burrrhaa, with a cast that includes Harish Verma, Yuvraj Singh, Manav Vij, Mukul Dev, Avantika Hundal and Parul Gulati.
"Burrrhaa is a commercial film which includes everything from comedy to romance and drama. I distributed the script to the actors a month in advance so they could completely understand the concept. Since I come from a theatre background, I have tried to play upon emotions. It's a heartwarming film."
Upcoming projects: Sharma will soon release another movie called Le Gayi Sada Dil Lutke, produced by Kapil Batra and Rajan Batra. He has also written a script for a commercial film on female foeticide.
"As a child, I used to tell my parents that I will make a film someday. Never did I imagine that I would one day actually turn my dream into reality," he beams