Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 22
With Punjabi cinema taking baby steps towards new concepts and stronger scripts, the list of actors from Bollywood and other regional cinemas sharing screen space with top Punjabi actors is increasing. One of the recent additions to the list of Pollywood stars will be our very own Punjabi kudi, Aditi Sharma.
Sharma, who we all know began her acting journey by winning Cinestars Ki Khoj, has impressed with her several roles in films like Mausam, Black and White, Ladies V/S Ricky Behl and Ekees Topon ki Salaami. She now aims to impress with her first Punjabi film, Angrez. The upcoming period drama stars Amrinder Gill, Sargun Mehta and another debutante singer Ammy Virk. The film is a romantic comedy and set in 1940s and Aditi plays the role of a village girl.
“The story and concept of the film was exciting and different from the usual Punjabi masala films. I have been following Punjabi cinema for quite some time and wanted to do a good film. Angrez is set in a time when there was no mobile, internet or the usual techno hoopla. It’s the story of simple people, living a simple life and has an old world charm about it,” said the actor. Busy with Neeraj Pandey’s Saat Uchakey starring Manoj Bajpai and KK Menon, where she once again brings forth the story of a common man, Aditi found her comfort zone while working in Angrez as she enjoyed experiencing the bygone era. “We shot extensively in Suratgarh, to depict life sans electric poles, mobile towers and modern-day lifestyle. Our clothes were made from khadi cotton, we sat on bullock carts and the nitty gritties of pre-Partition rural life,” she said. She also bonded with co-star Amrinder Gill as both belong to Amritsar and got plenty to talk about.
“Amrinder is a very humble person and he didn’t know that I too was born in Amritsar. He is a big name in Punjabi industry and still always used to help me out before a scene.” Working in Telegu film industry, Aditi is already a big fan of the regional films and believes that cinema goes beyond the boundaries of language. “Look what recent Telegu film Bahubali has achieved, dissolving the regional boundaries in cinema. I believe that actors in every film industry whether Punjabi or South, only aim to do good work and with a Punjabi film, I have found my comfort zone.”
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