After trying his hands on four historical films, filmmaker Harjit Ricky is led to believe that despite having worked so hard, fame is yet to come around. "I've been making films for the past 16 years, and fame is still nowhere close," says Ricky at the music launch of his upcoming movie, Sirphire, at Hotel Park Plaza, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.
"Sirphire is my first commercial project, and despite being a Punjabi movie, I have given it a comic/Bollywood kind of flavour; I'm sure the recipe will work," he adds.
Set to hit theatres on July 13, the cast of the movie includes Bollywood actors Monica Bedi and Priyanshu Chatterjee, Punjabi singer Roshan Prince and Punjabi actor Gurleen Chopra - all were missing from the music launch of their prized movie.
Who we did bump into was Punjabi singer Preet Harpal, who is making his acting debut with Sirphire. After a quick reflection upon his life, Preet says writing and singing are the two passions that he has given his 100 % to, but somewhere, the craving to act remained. "I wonder why people believe that singers cannot be actors. In fact, both the fields go hand in hand," he says. About his training in acting, he says, "No, I don't have any formal training in acting, but the actors I was working with were quite experienced, and they helped me through out."
Preet, whose tracks Mape Kehnde Jugde Ban Na, Tu Desi Hain, Teri Adavan Munde (with Apache Indian), Chithiyan, Saah and Ve Maahi created waves, gave a massive hit with his previous album, Saturday Nights (with music by Rishi Rich).
A rage amongst youngsters, Preet Harpal grew up listening to Kishore Da - the reason for his inclination towards Bollywood. On a confessional note, Ricky says, "I am trying to rebuild my connection with the Yash Raj banner. Initially, when they gave me a chance to write songs for them, my priorities were different; I was concentrating on doing live shows abroad. But now, I am struggling to return to the industry."
His views on going commercial, however, are a little different. "I don't believe in the Rakhi Sawant kind of success; it's shortlived. I want to enter with dignity and go a long way."