‘New artists feel safe work­ing with big stars’

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor-singer Diljit Dosanjh will be seen with film­maker Karan Jo­har, Son­akshi Sinha, Bo­man Irani and Riteish Desh­mukh, among oth­ers, in the up­com­ing com­edy film Wel­come To New York. Be­ing a part of an en­sem­ble-cast movie can make some artistes in­se­cure. But Diljit says he never felt he would be over­shad­owed.

“When you are work­ing with big stars, the new artist feels re­ally safe... I didn’t feel over­shad­owed. I am new in the in­dus­try. How can some­one over­shadow me? There’s noth­ing of that sorts right now. Maybe to­mor­row, when I be­come some­thing (big), I would think like that,” he says.

The ac­tor also says that it was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to work with well-es­tab­lished names on the project, di­rected by Chakri To­leti. In the film, Diljit will be seen play­ing a strug­gling artist who dreams of be­com­ing an ac­tor.

In real life, Diljit has made a name for him­self in the Pun­jabi film in­dus­try over the years, and in 2016, he for­ayed into Bol­ly­wood with Udta Pun­jab, which also starred ac­tors Ka­reena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. He is also a suc­cess­ful singer.

In Pun­jabi, Diljit has mostly starred in ro­man­tic come­dies such as Jatt and Juliet se­ries (2012; 2013) and Am­barsariya (2016). Does he want to con­tinue be­ing a part of the same genre? “I have never thought that this is a ro­man­tic com­edy film or a se­ri­ous film. Some­times, you like a script, and then that role and what that char­ac­ter is try­ing to say. If I like that, then I do it. It is not based on what genre the film is. I would like to do films in all gen­res,” he says.

The ac­tor says so far his jour­ney in Bol­ly­wood has been very good. “I think I don’t de­serve cer­tain things, and I don’t have that much ex­pec­ta­tions. I would like to thank those with whom I have worked and [am] work­ing with. I don’t think that I have that much of ca­pa­bil­ity, but I am get­ting work and I am do­ing it,” he adds.

Diljit’s sec­ond Hindi film was Phillauri (2017), and the films in the pipe­line in­clude Soorma. The film is based on the life of hockey player San­deep Singh. Diljit says star­ring in a biopic is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity. “Ev­ery ac­tor wants to do a biopic and I am lucky that in my sec­ond year I got an of­fer to do one. I have tried giv­ing my 100 per cent. As an ac­tor, I have given as much as I could,” he says.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

In Bol­ly­wood, ac­tor Diljit Dosanjh has done two films so far — Udta Pun­jab and Phillauri

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