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Punjabi cinema lures Jimmy

He does not want to confine his acting to Hindi films only.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 17:43 IST

With Bhojpuri and Punjabi films raking in big moolah, Bollywood bigwigs - from superstar Amitabh Bachchan to one-film wonder Bhagyashree - are testing waters in regional cinema. The latest to try his luck is actor Jimmy Shergill for whom "the call of the soil is too strong to ignore".

Shergill says he does not want to confine his acting to only Hindi films and is open to vernacular cinema. Not just this, he has pledged to do one Punjabi film every year.

"I have decided I would do act in one Punjabi film every year. I'm from a Punjabi family. I have studied in Punjab. I feel it's my duty to do so," says the actor whose Punjabi flick Mannat will be released this year.

Shergill, who made his debut in Punjabi cinema last year with Yaraan Naal Baharaan is game for a Bhojpuri film too. "If I get a good offer for a Bhojpuri film, then I'll lap it up. I was born in Gorakhpur and I am sure I'll pull off a film like that."

Jimmy Shergill says he does not want to confine his acting to only Hindi films and is open to vernacular cinema. Not just this, he has pledged to do one Punjabi film every year.

Talking about his forthcoming Hindi film -

'Tom, Dick and Harry,

Shergill who was in town recently says after a string of serious, intense roles he was "dying to do a comedy" that would allow him to let his hair down.

"I really wanted to do a comedy for a long time. In this film, I play a character who cannot speak. I liked it because I had no lines to rehearse," he says with a mischievous smile.

Incidentally, the actor who commenced his Bollywood career with big-banner films like Maachis and Mohabbatein, has box office success still eluding him.

But Shergill blames no one for that.

"All my career decisions are my own. I have been like a warrior in the film industry. When I did Mohabattein and Haasil, people said I could do only these lover boy roles. Then I did Munnabhai..., Yahaan and people said I could manage in these subtle, intense films. Now I have deliberately chosen comedy because I want to prove to the audience I can do this also," he says.

"Post-Mohabbatein there was a phase in my career, when I just went easy. I thought I would be very choosy in picking up the films I work in. But I still don't have any regrets."

Shergill, who says he has his kitty full with projects, will soon be seen in Naseeruddin Shah's directorial debut 'Yun Hota to Kaisa Hota' and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya, both multistarrers.

"I am comfortable with all kinds of films, be it multistarrers or solo projects. Even if I have a two-minute but powerful role in a multistarrer, I would not think twice before doing it," he says.

Shergill who admires Edward Norton, Matt Dillion, Ajay Devgan and Aamir Khan says his best performance has been in 'Yahan', where he played an Army officer in love with a Kashmiri girl in the backdrop of terrorist-infested Jammu& Kashmir.

First Published: Apr 21, 2006 17:43 IST