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Starstruck: After 20 rejections, PAU scholar shares screen with Diljit Dosanjh

Harry Rampal, who completed his PhD in agricultural economics in March, has worked hard to retain his passion for acting.

punjab Updated: Jun 24, 2017 11:40 IST
Amarpal Singh
Amarpal Singh
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Diljit Dosanjh,Harry Rampal,Punjab Agricultural University
Harry Rampal with ‘Super Singh’ actor Diljit Dosanjh(HT Photo)

It’s a dream come true for 30-year-old Harry Rampal, a PhD scholar from Punjab Agricultural University. After facing 20 rejections in auditions for 20 films, he finally got his big break and with none other than actor Diljit Dosanjh of ‘Udta Punjab’ fame.

Harry did not give up and has shared screen space with Dosanjh in ‘Super Singh’, known to be Punjabi film industry’s first superhero film. The film released recently and has received a raving response from the audience.

Harry Rampal, who completed his PhD in agricultural economics in March, has worked hard to retain his passion for acting.

“For the past six years, I was trying my luck in Punjabi as well as Bollywood films and gave auditions for around 20 films but never got selected. After every audition, I improvised by recalling how I performed and how it could have been better,” he says.

Rampal added, “In June last year, my friend called me and informed me about an audition for the role of a supporting actor in a Punjabi film. During the audition, we are never told about the film’s name or the actors with whom we will work.”

But he was in for a surprise. “After some days, I got a call from the casting crew. They told me that I was selected and I was also told about the movie and star cast. I got excited when I heard Diljit’s name. I am a huge fan,” he adds.

Rampal plays a negative supporting role and is featured on several occasions before and after the interval.

He shares the screen for around 15 minutes in the climax with actors Diljit Dosanjh and Pawan Malhotra.

Part-time job in morning, studied in evening

Recalling his days of struggle, Rampal adds that in 2008, his father retired as a lab attendant from PAU.

“So to share the family expenses, I started working from 9am to 5pm and got admission in the evening classes to pursue Bachelors in Arts at SCD Government College,” he says.

Rampal further adds that he never get the time to learn acting professionally. Whatever he has learnt, he did so during youth festivals.

“I was passionate to participate in theatre events but never got the time for professional training. During the youth festivals in colleges, the authorities deploy experts of respective fields for a period of a month to prepare the students for the fest. During those days of the fest, I took the chance to learn from the experts with dedication,” he says.

During his graduation and postgraduation, Rampal participated in many cultural festivals including youth festivals of PU and PAU.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 11:35 IST