The expanding Punjabi film industry — currently more than 107 films are under production — is seeing a slew of Bollywood actors turning to Punjab. The latest to step into mustard fields is actor Anjana Sukhani who has acted in Hindi films such as Salaam-e-Ishq, Golmaal Returns, Jai Veeru, Jashn, Maximum, Department, Kamaal Dhamaal Malaamal and De Taali.
Now, Anjana is all set to debut in Punjabi films with Young Malang, the maiden film of RSG Studios, with Punjabi singer-turned-actor Balli Riar opposite her. “I am a Sindhi and have close affinity with the Punjabis and Punjab. We (Sindhis and Punjabis) share similar tastes in food and our love and respect for Guru Nanak Devji is known to all.
So joining the Punjabi film industry was a definite choice for me. I was happy to get this offer because Punjabi cinema is big right now and it taps the NRI belts in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. It is a win-win situation for an actor who gets to connect with so many film buffs,” says the actor in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
“Young Malang is a romantic comedy, which talks about college love stories in a never-told-before style in Punjabi cinema. I will be shooting in Punjab for a month during which I plan to eat a lot of Punjabi food and travel to interesting places in Punjab,” says Anjana, a follower of the Radha Soami sect, who also plans to visit the Beas centre during her stay in Punjab.
And, the actor has already done her homework. “I have watched some Punjabi films, including Saadi Love Story and Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, to get a grasp on my character; it was important for me to pick up the basics. My best friend is also a Punjabi and I have brushed up my knowledge of the language with her.” Anjana, who has also done films in Kannada and Telugu, has Bollywood films waiting soon after she wraps up this shoot. “I have signed two Bollywood projects. I will start shooting for a Priyadarshan film in June. Then, there is a thriller by a new director,” she informs.
When asked about her take on skin show in films, Anjana is candid, “We are actors and people want to watch good looking people with fit bodies and what’s the big deal about a little skin show if the script demands. There is a difference between an aesthetic portrayal of a woman’s body and vulgarity.”