Lured by the trade reports of Punjabi cinema,filmmaker Subhash Ghai,under his Mukta Arts banner is producing his first Punjabi film,Double Di Trouble. Being directed by Smeep Kang of Carry on Jatta and Lucky Di Unlucky fame,Ghais film will see the return of Dharmendra to the Punjabi film industry after a gap of 23 years (his last Punjabi film being Qurbani Jatt Di in 1990). This comedy has Dharmendra and actor Gippy Grewal in double roles. The remaining cast is impressive too and boasts of names such as actors Poonam Dhillon,Minissha Lamba,BN Sharma,Gurpreet Ghuggi,Ragini Khanna and Karamjeet Anmol.
The film was officially announced at the Taj Chandigarh hotel recently. Speaking about the film Kang said,Its a comedy,as the name suggests,and is about a legal dispute with lawyers from the city versus lawyers from the village. Dharamji plays a double role as the lawyer,and so does Gippi as his son. What happens when they meet their dopplegangers is what this whole confusion of a comedy is all about. The producers are looking for a May 2014 release.
While Lamba plays a pind ki kudi,Khanna is the city girl. As opposed to modern characters,I find earthy Indian characters more interesting to portray I am looking forward to this one because I love the language and bright colours in it, says Lamba. Khanna,on the other hand,who made her debut with the yet to be released Bhaji in Problem,says that while the accent is tough to master,she doesnt shy away from hardwork and manages just fine.
Dharamendra looked dapper,dressed in a black and white suit and thick black framed spectacles. He said,Ive been making appearances in Punjabi films,Kanka De Ohle being one,but never in a full flegded manner. This is a film where Ill get to make you laugh,just like I did in my earlier films such as Chupke Chupke,Pratigya and Naukar Biwi Ka. The actor who has also written a script plans to make a Hindi or Punjabi film soon. I want my sons,Bobby and Sunny to act here. I even wanted to make Mirza Sahiba with Bobby in Punjabi but I am skeptical whether this young generation will relate to it as I find Punjabi culture is deteriorating, adds Dharmendra.
For Ghai,comedy translates to commercial viability,to mass audience reach and returns. Yes,time for making festival worthy films in Punjabi will arrive again,assures Ghai,to which Ghuggi has a prompt response I have a script,a serious one,and once I get a producer brave enough to invest in it,the film will be on. Any takers?