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Indian Australian girl in Punjabi flick

Japji will be seen in Mitti Wajan Mardi starring Punjabi actor Harbhajan Mann.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2007 12:39 IST

An Indian Australian girl who won the Miss World Punjaban title in Australia last year is all set to be seen in a Punjabi film - something she had dreamt of since childhood.

Japji, the 20-year-old Sikh girl, had migrated to Australia in 1996 with her parents. She recently returned home to Sydney after a three-month stint in India, having completed work on the film.

"The offer came through Jan 16 this year, a day after my birthday," Japji said. "I couldn't have asked for a better present!"

The newly turned actress is pursuing her graduation in Applied Science in Sydney.

She will be seen in the Punjabi film Mitti Wajan Mardi starring popular Punjabi actor Harbhajan Mann and directed by Manmohan Singh, according to Indian Link, an ethnic Indian newspaper.

Japji gave all credit to her parents. "Even though we've been in Australia since 1996, they inculcated traditional and cultural values in me and the blissful environment at home further enhanced it."

Japji said her father has been the pillar of strength in her life.

"He let me dream my dreams and in turn made sure that I got the guidance and leverage I needed to make them a reality. I admire my father for him being self made, steadfast in approach and above all, hard working," the budding actress said.