Cinema intrigued Punjabi director Amit Prasher right from childhood. That is why Nakodar boy, Amit, always made it a point to be a part of every play being staged in his school and college. During college days, Amit could be seen participating in plays during the Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar) annual festival each year.
After college, this young actor started directing Punjabi plays, which were staged in college festivals. He then shifted base to Mumbai and pursued a diploma in filmmaking from Digital Academy, Andheri, Mumbai. Then came the phase of directing Punjabi documentaries for a couple of years, followed by small jobs in television. It was then that he joined as the associate director for Punjabi films such as Dharti and Taur Mitran Di, which, he says, were enriching experiences for him. His full-time director stint finally began with the upcoming Punjabi film, Tu Mera 22, Main Tera 22, which will be hitting the theatres soon. HT City gets talking to the man about his first film.
Letting us in on the story line a little, the director says, “It is a comedy based on two brothers, Robby and Rolly — one is an angel, and the other, a devil; exact opposites. Amrinder Gill and Honey Singh are playing these roles. The film, which traces their journey from Australia to Punjab, is currently in its post-production stage. The release date of the film will be announced shortly.”
Mandy Takhar and Wamiqa Gabbi (a newbie from SAS Nagar) have been paired with the above-mentioned actors for the film, which also stars Binnu Dhillon and BN Sharma.
Comedy seems to be the flavour of the season with Punjabi cinema, nods Amit, “Comedy is one of my favourite genres and I believe it is one of the most difficult genres to direct — making the audience laugh for two hours straight is not an easy task. I appreciate films such as Carry On Jatta and Jatt & Juliet, which kept the audience in splits right till the end.”
Talk to him about launching rapper and producer Honey Singh in the lead role and the 30-year-old says, “My friend, scriptwriter Dheeraj Rattan, penned the story for the movie. When we were finalising the cast, we instantly zeroed in on Honey Singh, as his persona suited that of the character’s aptly. When we narrated the story to Honey, he liked it in the first go and decided to sign the film.”
Elaborating further on working with Honey Singh, Amit says, “Honey is a natural in front of the camera and the best part about him is that he adds a lot to the scene and the character himself. Considering that he is very busy with his recordings and shows, time is a constraint with him but he is good to work with. After watching the film, the audiences too will agree to the fact that he has great comic timing.”
Honey Singh has given the music of the film as well, while Amrinder Gill and Saleem have lent vocals to the film’s songs.