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Posted at: May 20, 2019, 8:18 AM; last updated: May 21, 2019, 9:02 PM (IST)

Journey of a day, ride of a lifetime

While promoting their upcoming film Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh, Gippy Grewal and Sargun Mehta talk about their onscreen characters, off-screen camaraderie, and future plans

Gurnaaz Kaur

When a Chandigarh di kudi meets Amritsar da munda, what transpires is a chemistry unseen before. That’s Sargun Mehta and Gippy Grewal for you in their upcoming movie Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh. In real life, they are no less than our favourite Tom and Jerry. Wondering why this title? Well, because their treasured pastime is pulling each other’s leg and cracking a joke on everything possible. On a serious note, the charm they exude while doing all things funny and silly makes it hard to believe it’s their first time working together. All in a period of one month, they have forged a bond many friends take years to form. 

Ask them the secret and the answer is, “There is every reason to celebrate this life and that’s what we like to do.” As their movie is all set to release coming Friday, the duo feels this remake of Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai is a full on entertainer. As these two describe, it’s a journey of one day, where Sargun goes to meet a prospective groom and ends up meeting Gippy. How they spend the day is what makes the story special. “It’s a tale of any two regular people, could be girlfriend-boyfriend, husband-wife, where all they go, what all they do, those small things that make them fight but also unite them. You’ll see it all in the film. The interesting bit is, people take years to reach that level in their relationship but we experience all this on the very first day of our meeting,” says Gippy. 

Strictly about the script

So, for Gippy, the need of his character was to be loud, speak a lot, be happy, upbeat and very emotional at the same time. More than these traits, it was the adaptation of dialect and diction in his speech that demanded much effort. 

On the other hand, being from Chandigarh and having to play a Chandigarh girl wasn’t all that difficult for Sargun. That isn’t to say there was no preparation. She did have to inculcate the attitude that the character needed. “Every character has its own journey and being from the city was an advantage but I couldn’t have been just me in the movie. If you meet Sargun in real life, you’ll find her heartless, but in the film, she is quite different, so I don’t always relate to her. She is from Chandigarh and that’s the only common ground,” she explains. 

Surprise surprise

All praise for the music of the film, especially the title track that Sunidhi Chauhan and Gippy have sung, Gippy discloses a surprise for his fans. “I’ll soon be coming up with an album. I’ve been bringing out singles here and there, but that’s more like an incomplete task. I am quite excited about this new project since it’s after a really long time that I have done an album. It has a lot of new stuff, new collaborations.”

On the work front, Sargun too has her hands full. “I have Surkhi Bindi slated to release in August end.”  With much excitement, the actress adds about Gippy’s forthcoming projects. “Not just the music album, he has Ardaas Karan that’s releasing soon. It’s written and directed by him and his younger son Shinda is debuting in it,” shares Sargun.

Gippy, the juggler

Singing, acting, song writing, direction, production— wearing so many hats must come with its own challenges. But for Gippy, it’s all different work and there is nothing overlapping or burdensome in it. “I write on only those subjects that are close to my heart and Ardaas Karan is one of them. It’s a film that tells you to not think negative. No matter where you are in life or what you have, you can still make it beautiful.” 

The actor also tells us that launching his son wasn’t the plan as such. “We auditioned a lot of kids as it’s an important role being played by a seven-year-old. Somehow, when he auditioned, he suited the role perfectly.”

As he brings a new face on screen with his son, Gippy also promises to launch many new actors through his production house, all thanks to the growing Punjabi film industry. He has, in fact, already found some theatre artistes outside India who will be seen in his upcoming films. 

Meanwhile, both Gippy and Sargun drop a hint that something’s cooking for them in Bollywood too. What that is, they prefer keeping it under wraps. We can wait for the news and also how their camaraderie in Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh fairs at the box office.



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