Diljit Dosanjh is a man of few words. The actor-singer lets his work do all the talking. Like his next film Welcome to New York is creating a lot of buzz, thanks to its unique concept. The film is a wacky comedy that tells the story of two youngsters, living in India, in search of a better life. The film will see special appearances by not one but several Bollywood celebrities including Karan Johar, Boman Irani, Rana Daggubatti, Riteish Deshmukh, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif and others.
Welcome to New York, which releases on February 23, offers a fresh take on comedy, which Diljit says, attracted him to the script. “For the first time, we were making a film around an event. It was a completely new experience for me.”
The cast and crew had shot the film during IIFA 2017. “I was performing at the award function as well as shooting for the film in between. I didn’t have an idea what these guys were doing. Let’s see how the film has shaped up,” he adds.
Diljit says that he had a great experience working with Sonakshi (with whom he shares maximum screen space) and Karan Johar. “They are such great artists; I really had a good time,” he says.
When it comes to Bollywood, Diljit has been focusing on choosing scripts that are unconventional and out-of-the-box (Phillauri and Soorma). He seems to be lucky with the kind of scripts being offered to him. “I am not putting any extra effort to get such scripts. They are being offered to me. I believe that I am plain lucky. I have neither worked hard to get them, nor have I struggled. I have never approached people for work. It’s god’s blessings that I am getting such films,” he says.
While choosing scripts, his focus is on what kind of work he gets to do and whether he wants to do it at all or not.
During a recent interview to an English daily, Diljit was quoted as saying that he doesn’t deserve all the love and attention he is getting in Bollywood. Why does he feel so? “I have done Punjabi music and films, because of which I am getting work in Bollywood. I am not a very deserving candidate but if I am getting, it’s because of god’s blessings. I don’t know too many people here,” he quips.
The actor is juggling work between Hindi and Punjabi film industries. In Hindi, he is promoting Welcome to New York and also shooting for Soorma, while the trailer of his Punjabi film, Rangroot was out last week. The actor maintains that balancing work in both the industries isn’t a difficult job.
The discussion moves towards Soorma, based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh, in which Diljit plays the title role. It’s a huge responsibility playing a real-life character who has contributed so much to the country. “I have always been into sports since childhood, so getting into the skin of the character and understanding the sport wasn’t a difficult job. As far as playing a real-life character is concerned, the responsibility is more on the director. An actor can enact a scene perfectly or get the nuances of the character right, but it’s for the director to put forward the story correctly. Only if the story is presented correctly and beautifully, then the efforts put in by the actor will look good,” he says.
Along with films, Diljit is also part of Colors Rising Star, in which he is one of the mentors. The singer is happy with the response the music reality show is getting. “Last week, our show was pan India No 1 fictional show. I am happy that I am getting equal amount of love from television, just like I got from my music and films. People get to know you better through this medium and you connect easily with the audience. I am happy that they are not only getting to know me but also getting to listen to some great music,” he concludes.