Now that Udta Punjab has released, are you relieved?
I am very happy that the film has finally released I am glad to be part of Udta Punjab, which talks about a very serious problem. It is a triumph for Abhishek Chaubey, the film’s director. Now that the film has released, it is going to do the talking. The wait now is to see how the audience reacts to the film.
Did you ever have a brush with censorship in the past and do you think it is time the Cinematograph Act, 1952, is overhauled?
No, I have never experinced such a major censor problem with my movies before. In fact, a battle against censorship has never been fought like this before, that it became a movement. As we move ahead with time, the laws related to art and culture need to be reassessed, including the Act we have for film certification.
After R Balki directed you in Ki and Ka, you worked with Chaubey. How was the experience of working with these directors for the first time?
Both of them are very different in their style and approach to cinema. Balki was more sweet and so was the world he created. Chaubey, on the other hand, is more gritty and tells stories set in a dark world. He has explored the drug problem and its effects with amazing expertise. The way Ki and Ka was
not a documentary on gender equality, Udta Punjab is not a documentary on drugs. At the end of the day, we are making films. Our job is to entertain. I am lucky to have done two very different kinds of cinema that explored very different topics.
After being cast opposite Arjun Kapoor, how do you see your pairing with Diljit Dosanjh?
When Abhishek told me that he was thinking of casting Diljit opposite me, I told him that we should go ahead with it. I was excited that I was getting to work with someone like him for the first time. He is very sweet and humble. All the preparation for the film was done diligently by Abhishek. As the director, he guided us through that world and our characters.
What is the next film in your kitty?