All of 20 years and already a recipient of the Filmfare Award (Critics) for best actor in 2009 for his role in Dibaker Baneerjee’s film, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Delhi-based Manjot Singh is on a song.
Not only is he getting to work with the best of directors from the Hindi film industry such as Vikramaditya Motwane and Karan Johar, Manjot is also and getting to essay varied roles in big banner films. Having been a part of commercial successes including Udaan and Student of the Year to the recent Fukrey, the young sardar is now all set to portray an intense and patriotic role in his upcoming film – The Zero Line, which he is happy to talk about.
“I have done enough comedies, including my last release Fukrey which was a comedy caper. Just when I was looking forward to essaying an intense role, I was offered the script of The Zero Line, in which I play the character of Amar Singh, a zestful guy who is suffering from brain tumor in its last stage. The film attempts to show how cricket can help build India’s friendship with Pakistan.
In fact, my character in the film has a Pakistani friend named Rehaan and we share our love for the game. We even shot a few scenes at the India-Pakistan border, which was fun,” Manjot shares about the September 27 release.
Interestingly, Manjot’s real life father plays his on-screen dad in The Zero Line. Paramjot Singh, an engineer by profession, would be making his debut in the film, confirms Manjot. “Earlier, when I had started acting, my dad used to be present on the sets to see how I perform in front of the camera. But, being shy I would ask him to sit in the vanity van, though he would still sneak out and watch me. When he was offered to play the role of my father in The Zero Line, we were surprised but I was elated. I thoroughly enjoyed acting with my father because the emotions and feelings came out so naturally.”
On being a turbaned actor in Bollywood, Manjot avers, “I sometimes think that being a sardar limits the kind of roles that I am offered in the industry. But then, it is my turban that helped me fetch the characters that I have played so far. I now aspire to be the first sardar hero who will make it big in Bollywood. I am proud of my turban and will not compromise with my
identity at any cost.”
Manjot had made his Punjabi film debut last year with Pure Punjabi and he wouldn’t mind doing more films from the region. “I am getting offers from the Punjabi film industry and have even short listed a script in which I play the main lead,” he informs before signing off.