“I act by observation. The more challenging the role, the better it is,” said actor Binnu Dhillon.
As an actor, he yearns for diverse roles, like the one he pulled off in his film, Mr and Mrs 420. THE feedback from fans, his theatre roots, the actor in him dying to showcase versatility — all these eventually made Dhillon choose scripts that were more than just romcoms.
The last couple of his films have seen Dhillon present a new arc to his acting talent. From playing the best man who will do anything to help his friend find her husband in Channo to a village simpleton in Angrej to the hero who fights for his land and avenges his father’s murder in Dulla Bhatti — Dhillon is in experimental mode.
His upcoming Punjabi film, Bambukat, which releases on July 29, is another character to look forward to. “When the director, Pankaj Batra, narrated me this film, a sweet story filled with family and tradition, I was game,” said Dhillon.
Also starring Ammy Virk, Simi Chahal and Sheetal Thakur, Bambukat is written by Jass Grewal, and is set in a small village in Punjab of 1950s, and revolves around a motorcyle or Bambukat, as it is called in Punjabi.
Dhillon, who plays a handsome government servant married to the prettiest girl in the family, flaunts his status by riding his new motorbike around the village.
“He is one of those snobs every family has, the one who has the money and attitude, is always right and shows off. I
am that guy in the film called Resham Singh,” said Dhillon.
An MA in theatre and television from Punjabi University, Patiala, Dhillon also continues to pursue theatre. “I love theatre, but it is losing its value in Punjab. There are no funds or government back up,” he said.
His play, Tension Ni Leni, however, runs to packed houses and after Canada, he is touring Australia-New Zealand in August and UK-USA next year. Chandigarh is also on cards in September.
The actor said the monopoly in any industry is of mediocre people. “No one writes for me exclusively, nor do lead
roles come by that easily. Dulla Bhatti was one, but I was so disapppointed with the film,” he said.
He has also consciously reduced his workload. Bambukat will be his last release this year. Next year, there will be two or three films, a mix of comedy and serious subjects.
Talk about Mumbai, and he seems quite content. “Bollywood is the Mecca, but
I am in no mood to struggle there when I have work here,” he said.