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‘Sardarni’ comes home

Navleen Lakhi , Hindustan Times   October 10, 2012
First Published: 10:56 IST(10/10/2012) | Last Updated: 11:00 IST(10/10/2012)

While both Jimmy Sheirgill and director Navaniat Singh are busy canning the perfect shot for their latest Punjabi film at Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday, Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia is busy throwing her weight around when it comes to talking to the electronic media that is here to interview her, though she is benevolent towards us as she answers queries regarding her Punjabi debut, Rangeelay, directed by Navaniat Singh and produced by Jimmy Sheirgill Production.

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Why Punjabi Cinema?
We think the question holds ground, but Delhi girl Neha feels it’s a bit ridiculous. “When I was here to promote my film Maximum, everyone was asking me why I didn’t do Punjabi movies. And now it’s vice-versa,” she exclaims, adding, “Moreover, it doesn’t matter which language a film is made in. It’s the story that matters. I have complete faith in Jimmy and his sensibilities and we have a great set of technicians working for Rangeelay. Even comedians such as Rana Ranbir, Binnu Dhillon, Jaswinder Bhalla and BN Sharma are all out-of-the-box.”

Excited every bit
Clad in a typical Punjabi avatar with a smile fixed on her face, Neha says she finds Punjabi cinema exciting. “Every bit of Punjabi cinema is entertaining. Now that I am doing a Punjabi film, I wonder why I waited for so long before venturing into it. I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better script and role,” she smiles. About her experience on the sets, she says, “They spoil me so much on the sets that I’m anxious if I’ll live up to their expectations through my work. I haven’t slept in the last five days and I’m still ready to work. It’s the adrenaline rush that is keeping me pleased throughout,” she says.

What does she think is amiss in Pollywood?
“Nothing. Rather, I’m enjoying a lot. There’s lesser traffic, lovely locations to shoot at and the craze amongst the crowd is great,” she says, pointing out at the crowd of girl students cheering for her.

Punjab rules
“Be it the song, Challa, in upcoming Hindi film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, or Mika singing a Punjabi track in a Bollywood movie, the whole world is tuning in to Punjab,” Neha opines.

As she signs off, the actor agrees to give an interview to a local Punjabi channel, albeit in Hindi, much to their relief.

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