Ignore songs promoting drugs, violence, obscenity: Sardaarji director

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustantimes.com, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 26, 2015 00:24 IST

To discourage the Punjabi music industry from rolling out songs promoting drugs, violence, obscenity or hooliganism, the only way was avoiding these songs, stated film director Rohit Jugraj, while talking to Hindustan Times on the sidelines of promotion of Punjabi film 'Sardaarji' here on Thursday.

He was asked this question as now days such songs are released every other day. Sharing his thoughts, he further said that everything had a solution, but what mattered was the method society adopted. "We should ignore songs that go against society," said Jugraj, who hails from Yamunagar, Haryana, but his love for Punjabi culture enthralled him towards directing Punjabi films.

On being asked about the current status of the Punjabi cinema and how it could be improved, he said it seemed that script writers and directors needed to be more creative or else the audience would lose interest. "Films like 'Punjab 1984' and 'Chaar Sahibzaade' have touched hearts of audiences across the world, showing that such movies keep the audience captivated. I personally have decided to direct a film on historic 'Battle of Saragarhi', which dates back in 1897.

"I also feel that Punjabi filmmakers should avoid casting actresses, who do not speak Punjabi, from Mumbai as Punjab itself is a pool of talented people," Jugraj said, adding that for his next film he would hold auditions in various cities of Punjabi.

He said, "In my previous film, I gave a chance to Zareen Khan, who is an actress from Mumbai, but this was because she learnt Punjabi and matched the character."

About the film 'Saradarji', Jugraj said that it would underline the courage of Punjabis. "Along with city-based lad-Diljit Dosanjh- and Neeru Bajwa as lead roles, another city-based comedian Jaswinder Bhalla, who is also a professor at state's Punjab Agricultural University, will also be seen in the film," he added.

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