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Posted at: Apr 1, 2016, 1:26 AM; last updated: Apr 1, 2016, 1:26 AM (IST)

I have seen Punjabi cinema grow: Jimmy

Thanks to the metamorphosis of Pollywood, Jimmy Shergill is glad he is getting offers that were unimaginable not so long ago
I have seen Punjabi cinema grow: Jimmy
Right platform: Shruti Sodhi and Jimmy Shergill

Manika Ahuja

Two decades back, actor Jimmy Shergill, undertook a crusade to popularise Punjabi cinema with the Indian diaspora. As Jimmy takes a walk down the memory lane, he recalls the struggles involved in making people embrace regional cinema. “Back in North America, we literally went door to door, in a bid to urge people to do away with the misconception that ‘Punjabi movies are no good’. All of that has changed for the better now,” he flashes a smile oozing confidence.

In Chandigarh to launch the music of his upcoming Punjabi movie, Vaisakhi List, along with the rest of the cast, Jimmy talks about the commendable metamorphosis of Punjabi movies from out and out comedies, to issue-based films.

Think beyond comedy

The producer-cum-actor, all geared up to share screen-space with actor Shruti Sodhi and the adorable Gutthi of television — Sunil Grover, in his latest offering, believes Punjabi film industry is currently in its best phase. “Six months down the line, I was not getting the sort of offers I am getting now. It is an amazing feeling. Movie makers are brimming with innovative ideas today. Issue-based movies like, Shareek and Ardaas have garnered good reviews. No brainer flicks are a thing of the past. Concept reigns supreme,” shares Jimmy.

Desire to inspire

The dimpled hunk shares he relishes the thought of motivating the country’s young lot. “I always endeavour to inspire my young viewers. For instance, my movie Dharti, sent across a powerful message to the youth to join the forces and selflessly serve their nation.”

Proud to be remembered

Ask him, if he thinks an actor’s debut movie has a pivotal role to play in deciding his fate, and the actor who debuted with the critically-acclaimed Maachis, readily agrees, “It is one of the most pleasant feelings for an actor to be remembered for one of his maiden projects. Though my character in Maachis did not have much screen-time, he left a lasting impression on the audience.”

Dynamic combo

His co-star for the film, Shruti Sodhi observes, “The powerful trio of Jimmy, director Smeep Kang and the script made the project irresistible for me.” So, fasten your seat belts to watch Jimmy-Sunil duo rock in Vaisakhi List on April 22nd.

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