As Udta Punjab finally takes flight today, Chandigarh youngster Bhawsheel Singh Sahni is sure his Bollywood debut will strike a chord with the audience in Punjab. Bhawsheel, 21, has been cast as the youngest son, Lucky, in a family of drug suppliers.He admits he couldn’t have asked for a better film to debut with. Describing himself as a diehard movie buff even as a child, he was always keen to be a part of the world of cinema.“While I want to focus on acting at the moment, I would love to get into production one day,” says Bhawsheel. He has also dabbled in advertisements.
A former student of Chandigarh’s St John’s High School and Bhavan Vidyalaya, he went on to pursue film-making and TV production from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, after finishing his BCom from DAV College, Chandigarh.
Excited to have shared screen space with a big star cast, Bhawsheel says he didn’t see it coming off as easy. “I was neck-deep in my final-year exams when I got to know that the film’s casting director, Honey Trehan, was on the lookout for young actors from the region and that is when I decided to audition,” he says, over the phone from Mumbai.
“The next day I got a call from Honey sir, saying I had been selected and I couldn’t believe it!”
Bhawsheel has four scenes in the film, out of which he shares screen space with actors Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in three. He shot these scenes over 10 days in March and April 2015.
Though he grew up in Punjab, the youngster shares how he was taken aback by the gravity of the drug problem in the state that came to light while shooting for the film.
“I was shattered by the statistics. A lot of research and hard work has gone into the film. It is important not only for the youth but for people of all age groups to watch it,” he says.
Bhawsheel will also be seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, starring Shahid Kapoor, and Vipul Shah’s Commando 2. He is currently playing the character of a musician in a first-of-itskind web series on Facebook.
Meanwhile, he is looking forward to watching the film on the day of release with his friends in Mumbai and cannot wait to get feedback from his parents who will watch the film in Chandigarh. His father, Gurmeet Singh, a teacher at a Chandigarh school, said the family was equally excited.