Punjabi film industry needs governing bodies: Sheirgill

New Delhi, June 22: Actor Jimmy Sheirgill, who has carved a niche for himself in the Hindi and Punjabi industry in his almost two decades long career, says Punjabi cinema is on a growth trajectory, and it can work better with proper governing bodies.

“Punjabi cinema is growing and it is on a very fresh stage right now. Punjabi film industry still needs to have proper governing bodies like a Producers’ association, directors’ association, writers’ association… and more for it to become properly organised and professional,” Jimmy said over phone from Mumbai.

While the actor has found praise for the variety of roles he has essayed in Bollywood — the recent being his part in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” — he says he makes sure he does Punjabi films off and on too.

“Yaaran Naal Baharan” was Jimmy’s first Punjabi hit, after which he went on to act in many other movies in the language, including “Mel Karade Rabba”.

Talking about how his stint with Punjabi cinema began, he shared that it was due to director Manmohan Singh.

In Bollywood, Jimmy got noticed with Aditya Chopra’s 2000 film “Mohabbatein”, even though he had made his debut with the 1996 critically acclaimed movie “Maachis”. He has since starred in myriad roles — from comical entertainers like “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” and “Fugly”; intense dramas like “Yahaan”, “A Wednesday” and “Special 26”; and also movies like “My Name is Khan” and “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster”.

Rarely does Jimmy, 44, like a break.

“I never wanted to sit at home, always wanted to be working, and that is exactly what I have been doing for the past 20 years now. I am happy about it.

He also said how in current times, character-driven roles are getting more appreciation in the film industry.

Jimmy is currently awaiting the release of his Punjabi film “Hero-Naam Yaad Rakhi” on July 10 and post that is a Hindi film “Madari”, a socio-political drama, which also features actor Irrfan Khan. Thereafter, he has another Punjabi film titled “Shareek”, scheduled to release on October 22.


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