Punjabi by heart

Karele with lassi works for this prince

Prince Makhu is a young assistant director from Ferozepur

Karele with lassi works for this prince

Prince Makhu, who has worked as an assistant director for hit Punjabi films, says staying close to the roots is the way to success

Gurnaaz Kaur

Pritpal Singh, better known as Prince Makhu, is a young assistant director from Ferozepur who has made a place for himself in the industry. Consistency being his game plan, he has assisted in some super-hit films in Punjabi. He now wants to make films on history and social issues.

Is it tough to be yourself in showbiz? Do you think there is a lot of competition in your profession?

No, I don’t think so. These days there is nothing too difficult because if you have talent and dedication, then there is enough scope to establish yourself. Yes, there is competition but I think it is a necessity. It stimulates your thought process and pushes you to explore new ideas.

Do you feel appreciated for your work?

More than anything else, I love my work and I feel proud to be a part of this industry. Yes, I’ve been appreciated and motivated by seniors and that’s why I have come so far in this profession.

How was it assisting the director in films like Do Dooni Panj, Aate Di Chidhi, Chal Mera Putt 1 and 2 and Band Vaje? Which one is closest to your heart?

It was a pleasure to work as first AD in these films but in Aate Di Chidhi I could really explore the craft and my talent. Having said that, it is Chal Mera Putt that is very close to my heart because I got a chance to work with Pakistani artistes and that was a learning experience.

What prompts you to take up a project?

As an associate director, my first thought is based on who the director of the film is. I do some research on him and then next is the script because content needs as much attention.

What made you take up film direction?

Assisting Harry Bhatti in Aate Di Chidhi has played a pivotal role in my journey.

How do you think you have evolved as an assistant director?

I am a very tiny part of this industry. I think I am still in that phase of learning but God has been kind. All the films I’ve been associated with have been super hit. I think that has given me some recognition.

What has been your biggest learning from Pollywood?

I’ve learnt the importance of a good team and also how important it is to be a team player. Be it the spot boy or the technician, they are family and have a crucial role to play in the whole scheme of things. My love for Punjabi has grown manifold and I’ve had the realisation that staying close to roots is the way to success.

A film that you dream to direct?

Punjab is rich in history but it hasn’t been shown on big screen. I want to work on that and also highlight social issues through cinema.

Have you learnt new things during this quarantine time? What changes do you see in yourself post Covid-19 pandemic?

Life had been busy before the pandemic. The lockdown gave me time to myself and I utilised it for reading books. It’s a given that a good book can change you and I have experienced that newness in myself. My thought process has expanded and the positive energy is helping me perform better now. I also focused on my health during that time.

Name two Punjabi dishes you like the most?

It would definitely be makki di roti te sarson da saag, karele with lassi.

Which are your favourite Punjabi films?

Love Punjab and Chal Mera Putt...

Favourite Punjabi songs?

Songs by Satinder Sartaj and Amrinder Gill.

One thing about Punjabis you like the most?

Once a Punjabi decides to do something, no matter what comes his way, he will accomplish the task. We are happy-go-lucky people.

If given a choice, would you do a web series?

Yes, I would love to do a web series on social causes.

Prominent places you would recommend to your fans to visit in Punjab?

Amritsar, Harike wetland and Chandigarh.

What is your fitness mantra?

A healthy diet with some physical exercise daily.

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