Singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh is now shifting gears from comedy. He will star as a victim of the 1984 Sikh riots in Delhi in an eponymous film. “I was born in 1984. I was a baby when the riots happened. But I’ve heard the elders of the family talking about it. Jo hua woh nahin hona chahiye tha. Cinema must recreate history so that we don’t make the same mistakes again,” says Diljit, adding that the film will be produced by Ali Abbas Zafar. The historical drama will be shot in Punjab and Delhi.
Interestingly Diljit has already done a film on the 1984 riots. “And that too was titled 1984. It was a film directed by my friend Anurag Singh which I am really proud of. That film was in Punjabi and set in rural Punjab. This 1984 is set in Delhi in the midst of the riots.”
After having done a spate of comedy films like Arjun Patiala and Good Newwz, Diljit now wants to prove himself as a serious dramatic actor.
“I did two back-to-back comedies Good Newwz and Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari. 1984 will give me a chance to address a serious issue.”
Diljit was recently in news for voicing his opinion about the ongoing Farmers’ protest. He was embroiled in a heated twitter debate with actress Kangana Ranaut who had a different stance than him, on the matter.
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