An enthusiastic star cast, a new genre, a ghostbuster, a gorgeous female spirit and some sizzling chemistry - surely not something we would expect in a typical Punjabi romantic comedy?
Claiming to be the first ever Punjabi fantasy film, Rohit Jugraj’s ‘Sardaarji’ challenges stereotypes and is all set to woo the audiences on June 26 with its innovative ingredients.
The star cast - actors Diljit Dosanjh and Mandy Takhar along with filmmaker Rohit Jugraj and producer Mammord Sidhu- opened up to the editorial team of HT on Monday.
A DREAM COME TRUE
Besides being his dream project, Rohit Jugraj exclusively opted for the fantasy genre for its challenging nature. “Right from producers agreeing to invest in such a film to stars agreeing to experiment, everything seemed like a challenge in the beginning. But then, I love challenges,” said Rohit. Elaborating on the tedious detailing involved in a fantasy film, he added, “First, we shot with the actors, then without any people and finally on the technical screen after which all of these were put together to add visual effects.”
Unlike other films in the Punjabi film industry, ‘Sardaarji’ has been shot across exotic locations in England as well as Canada. While giving credit to his producer for the same, Jugraj mentioned that the historical Craigdarroch Castle where most of the scenes were shot was located in Canada’s Victoria.
Clarifying that the film was not a thriller as such, Rohit further said, “It is a family entertainer and will especially entertain youngsters.”
Be it the poster, the trailor or the peppy music, the film has created quite a buzz among Punjabi film buffs.
The seemingly docile Diljit Dosanjh is as good with his comic timing in real life as he is in reel life. When asked about the film’s title, he quipped, “It is Sardaarji, because we all love Parle-G! On a more serious note, a Sardar is actually addressed with a Ji always but then, the Parle-G logic makes more sense.”
Though not afraid of ghosts himself, he agreed to play the role of ‘Jaggi the ghostbuster’ because he thought it would be a treat to kids.
“No joy can match the joy of bringing a smile on a child’s face,” said the actorsinger, who said the movie would bring out the child in everyone.
“Also, if Hollywood can make films like Harry Potter, then why shouldn’t we explore with the genre, even though our budgets are far apart than those films,” said Diljit. To which producer Manmord Sidhu said, “I took the plunge because the team wanted to experiment with a new kind of genre, unlike other Punjabi films.”
While Diljit and Neeru Bajwa’s chemistry is bound to be a crowd-puller, freshfaced Mandy Takhar, who plays the role of Jasmine, is also one to watch out for. She said she could identify with her character to quite an extent. “Both are from UK and at times I am shy just like Jasmine,” said the model-turned actor. When asked about her plans for the future, she said as of now she was eagerly looking forward to watching the film on June 26 and the response of the audience to the film.
(With inputs from Oindrila Mukherjee)