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Punjabi film industry has grown over years: Jimmy

punjab Updated: Apr 26, 2016 19:44 IST
Divya Sharma
Divya Sharma
Hindustan Times
Comedy Nights with Kapil

The star cast of Vaisakhi List , including Jimmy Shergill and Sunil Grover , at a press conference in Amritsar on Tuesday. on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)

The Punjabi film industry has grown over the years and today it has reached a level that audiences are coming back to watch the Punjabi movies in theatres, said actor-turned producer Jimmy Sheirgill, who, along with the entire star cast of his upcoming film “Vaisakhi List”, was here on Tuesday to promote the movie.

“Punjabi filmmakers and stars have a lot to offer to the audiences, which is a positive sign,” said Sheirgill.

“It’s a matter of pride that a Punjabi movie has been able to get censor board’s approval without any cuts or changes,” said the actor-turned producer Jimmy on his upcoming venture. This is also Sheirgill’s first venture with director Smeep Kang.

Talking about his character in the movie, Sheirgill said, “I play the role of a prisoner who plans to get back into the prison after escaping from it. It is a comedy film with a bit of drama and emotion. The story line is strong and script has been very well written.”

The movie, being directed Smeep, also stars actor Shruti Sodhi, popular comedian Sunil Grover. It is a story of two friends who have escaped from the jail, but want to return back, as they find out that they were among the prisoners to be released by the government on the occasion of Vaisakhi.

Coming back to the Punjabi film industry, Sheirgill said, “The industry is growing. Earlier, we never used to get many prints. But now the numbers have increased. It is a positive sign.”

Meanwhile, elaborating on his directorial venture, Smeep said, “I have tried to offer something unique to the audiences. It has a story and portrays various emotions like drama, romance, and action. It is a complete family movie.”


The movie also marks the debut of Comedy Nights with Kapil fame Sunil Grover into the Punjabi movie industry

Sunil, while interacting with HT, said, “I knew Smeep for a long time and I could not refuse the offer after hearing the script. I am really happy that I am debuting with this movie.”

This movie made with a budget of Rs 8 crore also features popular Punjabi actor Jaswinder Bhalla , Rana Ranbir, Nisha Bano, Binnu Dhillion and would releases on April 22.