The hall at Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27, on a Wednesday afternoon was a rare sight, not just because of the number of people on stage, but also because most of them were teenagers. Having gathered for the music launch and trailer-peek of upcoming Punjabi film, Stupid 7, the group shared facets about its making.
Maiden directorial venture of renowned theatre artiste Pali Bhupinder, whose association with the stage has made him popular in not just the Malwa belt from where he hails, but in the theatre society of the entire Punjab, the film also stars senior actor Guggu Gill, singer Ashok Masti and Jaswinder Bhalla.
Though a 20-minute trailer of the film gives away the entire storyline, Pali adds about the film’s making, “It’s a film on stories about seven different teenagers. The plot revolves around the generation gap among parents and children, leading to clashes in attitude and approach towards life.
The audience will surely relate to it, because, as teenagers each one of us had assumed that our elders are stupid and vice versa.” Pali, who is credited with writing as many as 36 plays as well as 14 books that form a part of the syllabi of various colleges and universities, says that nobody was willing to invest in the movie, since it is an experimental theme. “No one was willing to release it either, so we went ahead with it. We will release on 45 screens across the state by paying more. After its official release, we will also upload it on YouTube rental,” informs Pali.
The theatre person confesses that he hadn’t even been to a film set before embarking on the project. About how he thought of making the film, he says, “I have done a lot of theatre work, followed by teaching at DM College, Moga. But, because of the poor education system and lack of government support for theatre, these media weren’t able to satisfy me. That is when I decided to enter the reel world and turn one of my plays, Me and My Story, a musical, into a film. This play had done business of almost R35 lakh when it was staged in Toronto, Canada.”
Made with the budget of almost R1.20 crore, the three-hour film, which will hit the screens on February 1, stars first timers, including Milind Gaba, Pukhraj Bhalla (son of actor Jaswinder Bhalla), Jasmeet Kaur, Karanjit Singh, Saibi Sodhi, Gunit Cour, Sukhman Brar, Jannatpreet. It is produced by Sandeep Kakkar and JR Kakkar, and co-produced by Lalli Dhillon, Surjit Singh and Rekha Kakkar.