Sunny Side Up

Filmmaker Anil Sharma swears by his favourite man,friend and actor,Sunny Deol.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published: October 6, 2013 12:32 am

A fiercely private man,filmmaker Anil Sharma stepped in as the spokesperson for his friend and all-time favourite — actor-producer Sunny Deol. “Our bond runs deeper than just friendship; the association has been there for years now. The Deols are family,and we’ve reached a level where we understand each other without talking,” said Sharma,who — flanked by actors Amrita Rao and Anjali Abrol — stopped by in Chandigarh to talk about his new film Singh Saab the Great,which releases on November 22.

According to Sharma,Sunny thinks heavy-duty promotions for a film are unnecessary. “According to him,a film will work if it’s good,not because it has been marketed well. He says his films did fairly well without promotions in the past and will do so now too,” Sharma speaks for Sunny.

Maker of period dramas such as Ghadar and Veer,besides Apne and The Hero,Sharma says his next is a larger-than-life commercial entertainer,packed with a message. With Sunny at the film’s epicentre,Singh Saab the Great is about one man’s crusade against a corrupt system. The trailors are already out,with Sunny as the turbanator with his dhai kilo fist of fury. For Sharma,this kind of cinema is cathartic,especially for those “frustrated with corruption,crime and inflation”.

Set in a fictional town of eastern UP,Sunny plays a collector who aims at bringing about change. “One comes across so many instances of system failure,lack of leadership and governance,rising crime and political interference. We decided to make a film that acts as a catalyst of change,” says Sharma. Referring to the recent suspension case of IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal,Sharma adds how a collector in this country wields immense power and control,and if he/she wishes,can improve the workings of any town. “Singh Saab is about one such just collector,” he says. While Abrol plays Sunny’s sister in the film,Rao is a journalist,and the film’s narrator. “I keep watching reporters,how they go about their jobs and present the news,” said Rao.

Like Deol’s previous film Jo Bole So Nihaal,Singh Saab also ran into a bit of controversy with the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee over its title. “I have little knowledge of this,but the issue was with the word ‘Sahab’,whereas our title has ‘Saab’,and anyone is India is called a saab,” says Sharma.

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