Anyone who visits Punjab silently gets enthralled by its hospitality, culture and lifestyle. Even the Bollywood stars from Mumbai, who get an opportunity to shoot in various pockets of the state get captivated and before leaving often term these visits as unforgettable and unique.
On Thursday evening in Ludhiana, it was actor Varun Dhawan, son of noted director David Dhawan, who eulogised Punjab and shared some of his amusing experiences.
On his maiden visit to the city, Varun, who was here to inaugurate a cinema chain, said Ludhiana stands special for him and his entire family. “Many years ago, my father stayed in Ludhiana to complete his three-year graduation. As I shared with him that I will be heading to this city for a day, he turned highly elated and nostalgic. He even recalled some of his college days,” said Varun, who also took some pictures of the city from his car to impress his dad.
During his month long stay in Chandigarh to shoot for his upcoming film, ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ a few months ago, he got the perfect opportunity to experience the Punjabi culture. “As the film was extensively shot in Chandigarh and villages around, my team and I got the perfect opportunity to experience the Punjabiyat. I met Honey Singh and Gippy Grewal during my stay in Chandigarh. No doubt, Punjabis have big heart and are more like an open book,” he said, adding that coming here made him understand why his father keeps rolling out praises for Punjab and its people.
On being asked if he has watched any Punjabi films, he did not forget to mention that he recently saw ‘Jatt James Bond’ and ‘Carry on Jatta’ of Gippy Grewal and went on add that other than Punjabi cinema, he also follows Punjabi music. “Bollywood, too, never stays behind to give Punjabi music a big part in the films and thankfully, my upcoming film will also have few Punjabi songs for the same reason,” he added.