Expanding the reach of Punjabi cinema, director Manmohan Singh's forthcoming film 'Ajj De Ranjhe' will be released simultaneously in India and Pakistan besides overseas on September 7.
Talking to mediapersons on Monday, the film director said some film makers in Pakistan had approached him with a request that he should screen his films there. "We had sent the film to the neighbouring country and the Pakistani censor board has approved it without cuts. There are eight crore Punjabis living in Pakistan, who speak the language. We hope that this move will help strengthen the bond between two countries and change people's outlook on both countries. This move may also lead to a revolution and in future we could exchange artistes and movies with people living across the border," he said.
The film, which is produced by Reliance Entertainment, will also be released in Canada, New Zealand, the UK, US and Australia on September 7.
Talking about the film, Singh said the movie is based on the Punjab Police and depicts the relationship between people and police officers. "Most of us have created a fear in our minds for police officers and hesitate in talking to them. But we forget that police officers are also human beings. The human angle of the force has always been missed. Through the film, we are trying to bring this aspect to fore," he said. "We have also tried to show the problems that our society is facing at present."
The star cast of the film includes Gurpreet Ghuggi, Rana Ranbir, Kimi Verma, Aman Dhaliwal, Gurleen Chopra and Deep Dhillon. "I play an international hockey player in the film who has been given a job as an inspector on probation. For me, it was challenging to play this role since I had to perform as an international player as well as an inspector. But since I got a chance to play a character who hails from Majha, it was an added advantage," said Gurpreet Ghuggi.
Rana Ranbir, who has also penned the story and dialogues of the film, said he has tried to create characters which are true to life. "People will identify with them." Actor Aman Dhaliwal plays a youngster who has a degree but is not able to land a job. "With this film, I am giving Punjabi cinema an action hero in form of Aman," said the director.
Gurleen Chopra plays the role of a journalist associated with a news channel who wishes to bring about a revolution using media, while Kimi Verma plays an NRI who lands in some trouble and has to approach police for help.
Earlier, the star cast of the film also paid obeisance at Harmandar Sahib on Monday morning.