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Beauty and the Jatt

Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times   December 04, 2012
First Published: 10:57 IST(4/12/2012) | Last Updated: 10:59 IST(4/12/2012)

The cast and crew of upcoming Punjabi film Jatts in Golmaal (scheduled to hit the theaters in April 2013) came visiting the Himachal Bhawan in Sector 28, Chandigarh, to announce the commencement of their 50-day shoot, scheduled to take place in and around Chandigarh.

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Actors Aarya Babbar, Samiksha Singh, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Jaswinder Bhalla, Binu Dhillon, BN Sharma and Harpreet Johal, with writer Naresh Kathooria and director Ksshitaj were in attendance at the event. HT City caught up with the protagonists of the movie, Aarya Babbar and Samiksha Singh (in pic), as they talked about being a part of the Punjabi film industry and their future projects.

Samiksha, who is entering the Punjabi film industry with this flick (and another in the pipeline), is known to us as the familiar face of TV commercials such as Johnson’s Baby Prickly Heat Powder, Hyundai Xing and Sunsilk. About being a part of the industry, the actor who has done 15 Tamil and Telugu movies so far, says, “This is the right time to enter the Punjabi film industry; it’s doing tremendously well. Working down south, I used to think that Tollywood is the only fierce competition for Bollywood, but now Pollywood is no less. Being a Punjabi myself, I enjoy working on the sets here.”

A Chandigarh girl, who has won several awards for the movie Arinthum Ariyamalum, including the award for the Best Debut Actress in Tamil industry, also tried her hand at the small screen industry. “I had a very small role in Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli (Zee TV), which gave my face some recognition. I still remember the makers of the show getting mails, questioning them about my character’s death on the show.”

Arya Babbar on the other hand is quite excited about his next Hindi flick, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Man Dola. About the movie he says, “It’s a love triangle and a crazy comedy, and surprisingly, I am playing the lead role! I have not signed any more Hindi films yet; I want to see the response for this one first.”

As for Punjabi cinema, Aryan claims he has two more—one of Pankaj Batra’s and the other of Balijit Deo’s—Punjabi movies in the pipeline. Ask him about trying his luck with his father, Raj Babbar, and he says, “I really want to work with him, somebody please tell him that! Just that he’s insistent on making a periodic film and I want to stick to a youth-centric script.”

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