Our ghosts don’t scare, they do Bhangra: Binnu Dhillon
Stars in the city: HT City Mohali hosted the cast of Punjabi movie ‘Mar Gaye Oye Loko’ that released this Friday. The film is produced and written by singer-actor Gippy Grewalpunjab Updated: Sep 01, 2018 17:42 IST
Looking suave in white shirt and blue jeans, Punjabi actor Binnu Dhillon was at his hilarious best as he came to the HT House in Mohali to promote his film ‘Mar Gaye Oye Loko’ on Thursday, along with the film’s director Simerjit Singh and other cast members. With a cast that boasts of Gippy Grewal, Binnu Dhillon, Jaswinder Bhalla, BN Sharma, Kamaljit Anmol and others, the movie released this Friday and is successfully tickling the funny bone of the audience. Excerpts:
Tell us something about your character in the film.
I am playing three characters. Initially, I play a goon who illegally occupies buildings. The story changes after Gippy dies mistakenly in my place.
- There was a Hindi movie in 1968 ‘Jhuk Gaya Aasman’ which had quite a similar storyline. Is this movie in any way inspired from it?
- There are similarities but our content is totally different. Ours is an out-an-out comedy. It was more of a serious movie. Gippy Grewal has written it and we hope it does well.
How would you describe the plot of the movie, since it involves ghosts.
I don’t think Punjabi cinema as touched on this subject. We’ve only been hearing stories of fairies, demons and the other world from grandparents. However, in this movie, the ghosts are doing bhangra and not scaring anyone.
Was it a conscious decision for you to do comedy?
I am doing a grey character after a long time. I started as a villain with ‘Tera Mera ki Rishta’ and slowly, (film) makers saw the funny streak in me. It all happened with time.
We heard that you were not keen on this role as you thought since it’s Gippy’s story, you won’t have substantial screen space.
This is a fact. I started with 5-10 minute roles. I could never imagine Gippy giving me such a prominent role. But he’s a gentleman. After I heard the narration, I thought Gippy was mad to offer me the main role. This gesture and this movie means a lot to me.
Since you mostly do comic roles now, how difficult it is to bring variation in your characters?
It is indeed difficult. In Carry on Jatta, I was working with all hit stars. So I inadvertently did some odd gestures and with God’s grace, those gave a USP to the film. So hardwork and doing something fresh everytime is the key.
Do you feel that the Punjabi audience is more inclined towards comedy movies and serious movies don’t do so well?
Of course it is there. The reason for this as per me is that everyone has so much stress and tension in their lives that when one goes out for entertainment, one wants to laugh and forget all the worries at least for those few hours. But people do like serious movies as well. Diljit‘s (Dosanjh) ‘Punjab 1984’ did wonders.
Do you also aspire to be a mainstream Bollywood actor like Diljit Dosanjh?
Definitely. Who doesn’t like to be a part of Bollywood. I am doing a cameo in Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se, which also released yesterday. An actor is considered accomplished after entering Bollywood. But I love my Punjabi language and it is the best in the world.
Is there any change that you would like to see in the Punjabi movie industry?
I feel we still make stories that are larger than life and very loud. We need to explore the realistic cinema.
First Published: Sep 01, 2018 17:40 IST