A New Year’s resolution is a promise you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something not so good on the first day of the year. Easier said than done. We’re all too familiar with broken resolutions, and gawping at the person who somehow miraculously manages to keep his/hers. After all, the adage is that New Year resolutions are meant to be broken. Considered an unachievable goal, these promises are meant to make us strive towards those goals nonetheless and be a better person in the process of doing so. Here are some celebs from the region who kept their resolutions, and also the ones who couldn’t, and then there are those who never made one to begin with. Smart choice?
singer & actor
“At the end of 2012, I only had one resolution — to celebrate New Year’s Eve and my birthday (December 31) with my family in Canada. I wasn’t been able to that. But, things have fallen into
this time around. In 2014, I would like to commit myself fully to the gym, because my physique has always been fairly lean; I would really like to put on some weight you know, bulk up a little.Mahie Gill,
"I never make any New Year resolutions for the simple fact that I can’t keep them. I just wish to be a decent person and to never be rude to anyone; basically to maintain a good equilibrium in life. I want to keep living a good life and that in itself is hard enough to achieve without adding broken promises to the list.
"My resolution in 2013 for my personal life is to live a healthier and better lifestyle — something that isn’t so easily achieved, being in this profession — and to have more fun and to just lighten up while living well, which is a tough act to balance. Yes, I didn’t get to do that, but hopefully all that will change in 2014. I can’t keep ignoring my health. And I would also like to do more punjabi films with varied roles in 2014; lets hope for the best. Simrandeep Kaur Mundi,
model & actress
"When I have a free day, I just laze around and sleep a lot – something I regret the next day, seeing the work that piles up. So, my resolution for 2014 is to change this habit and get my sleeping pattern straight. I made the same resolution last year. Hope it works this year. Harish Verma,
"My resolution for 2013 was to do good work and be successful; the resolution remains the same for 2014. I just want to make people laugh and keep them entertained. I wish to do my work with complete dedication. I believe I have a lot more to give to the audience than I did this year. A new year is a new start, so here's hopingfor the best. Binu Dhillon,
comedian & actor
"My resolution for this year is the same as it was last year — I want to do quality work and uplift Punjabi cinema. I just do not want to do anything that I cannot sit down and watch with my family. I also want to maintain my availability, you see, suddenly everyone has poured into Punjabi cinema and I believe in focussing on working on very good quality scripts. I used to get messages on Facebook from people asking me not to become another Ms Pooja. So, yes I have reduced the number of films I do know. Khushboo Kochhar Grewal,
"For 2013, I resolved to not say no to any work that comes my way, but that conflicted with my resolution of spending time with my parents, and I completely failed to do so. Family is very important to me; in 2014, I want to be able to strike the right balance between work and family. I also want to try and be a more empathic person, because I believe empathy is a quality dying out in our race." Rana Ranbir,
"For 2013, I had two resolutions. First was to raise awareness about female foeticide and do something
about the road rage that has enveloped the region’s youngsters; they don’t seem to realise the dangers of rash driving. My second resolution was to read a lot of books, something I did not get to do. So, that’s what I plan to do in 2014. Another resolution now is to find the time to direct a movie, the scriptfor which I am working on currently. Gabbar,
"2013 has been a good year for me, as it was related to Guru Nanak Dev ji. I fulfilled my resolution of releasing films under the banner of our production company, The Theatre Army, which had earlier handled line production of various films. A resolution I couldn’t live up to, however, was to launch myself as a director. That’s what I'm aiming at fulfilling in 2014. Another resolution for the year is to produce more meaningful films. My focus would be to give oppourtinitiesto newcomers who need a platform." Madhurjeet Sarghi,
"I am really looking forward to 2014. I am a strong person with tremendous will power, so whenever I make resolutions, I make sure I stick to them. For 2014 my resolution is to read at least one short story everyday by a known writer. So, by the end of 2014, I am planning to finish at least 365 stories. Apart from that, I want to do at least three stage plays. Let’s hope everything goes as planned for me and everyone else out here." Kumaar,
"I don’t set any resolutions, so to say. I am a very live-in-the-moment kind of a person. All I know is that I’d be unwinding on January 1, after a tiring party on December 31. What I do know for sure is that I want to pull myself up, and the people close to me, to be better human beings. Be simple and be good." Gunbir Singh Sidhu,
"I had made two resolutions for 2013 — to produce and release at least two films and to distribute at least five top Punjabi films under my banner Surya Basic Brothers distribution, which I did achieve. Personally, I had resolved to reduce my weight and take care of my health, but I failed miserably. For 2014, I resolve yet again to reduce weight and to produce the biggest Punjabi Film ever made with collaboration of Indian and Pakistani actors. Kartar Cheema,
"My resolution for 2014 is to do a film like Bol, A Pakistani film that highlights the regressive nature of the male-dominated society, give the audience something that they would look at and say ‘yes, that is kartar Cheema's work."
actress & costume designer
"My New Year’s resolutions are always broadly the same — to constantly strive towards being a better human being, to be able to serve the audience through my work and keep the faith that they have entrusted me, and lastly, to be able to participate and work for child and womes related issues. Make resolutions you can strive for."