I’m not hun­gry to sing for films: Diljit

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ji­gar Shah ji­gar.shah@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Pun­jabi singer-ac­tor Diljit Dosanjh says singing for him­self or in Pun­jabi cinema is “enough” for him. And that he’s happy be­ing “just an ac­tor” in Bol­ly­wood.

The Proper Pa­tola hit­maker, who calls him­self an ac­ci­den­tal movie star, says: “I feel happy when peo­ple hire me only as an ac­tor. Then I think they’re se­ri­ous about me, and don’t just want me to sing for their movie. When I’m of­fered a film, I don’t ask whether I’ll be singing any of its tracks. For ex­am­ple, in my next (along­side Anushka Sharma in her up­com­ing home pro­duc­tion), I haven’t till now.” How­ever, things are dif­fer­ent in Pun­jabi films. “I end up singing be­cause that saves my Pun­jabi pro­ducer’s money. But my in­de­pen­dent mu­sic scene is go­ing good, so I’m not hun­gry to sing for films,” adds Diljit, who bowled over au­di­ences with his per­for­mance in Udta Pun­jab, his de­but film in Bol­ly­wood.

“I was happy with the re­ac­tions the film re­ceived. A lot of peo­ple loved the movie; they sup­ported it… I have some new fans now. So, it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence,” he adds.

Hav­ing worked in the two film in­dus­tries, the 32-year-old doesn’t think that Hindi and Pun­jabi cinema are much dif­fer­ent. “Pun­jabi pic­ture bhi theatre mein lagti hai aur Hindi bhi (Both Pun­jabi and Hindi films are shown in the­atres). Maybe the the­atres and au­di­ence mem­bers are more (for Hindi movies), but the pas­sion is the same,” says Diljit.

I feel happy when peo­ple hire me only as an ac­tor, and don’t just want me to sing for their movie DILJIT DOSANJH, AC­TOR


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