After playing a supportive husband to Kangana Ranaut in Panga, actor-singer Jassie Gill is all set to explore the comedy genre again as a lovelorn aashiq in the Zee 5 comedy, Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai?, opposite Surbhi Jyoti, who makes her film debut with this. Ask Jassie about his experience on the film and he says it was amazing. “The work I had done before this made it easy to work in this film. It was shot and based in UP, so that was something I had to get out my comfort zone for. But the overall concept was really fun and the audience will enjoy that too,” he assures.
One might wonder that since Jassie has done so many Punjabi comedies before, it must have been easy to do a comedy here too. But he has a different point of view. “Punjabi comedies are a bit different. As that is my first language, when I do them, I can put in a little bit of my own from my side as I know what works there, but this was completely different. This is a situational comedy based on the idea that what would have transpired that someone wrote Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai on a currency note,” he says.
Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai became a huge viral meme on the internet when a Rs 10 note was discovered with the message ‘Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai’ on it, and the whole incident was all over media. Ask Jassie about his reaction when he heard the concept of the film for the first time, and he says, “When I got to know about it, there was a curiosity within me to know what actually happened that someone wrote this on a currency note. That incident got so famous and so many girls were coming out saying they are Sonam Gupta. So that curiosity intrigued me in doing the film and I felt that I had to do it since it had a lot for me to do. It got me out of my comfort zone and my aim is that the next work that I do is also an improvement on my previous work before that.”
So, is the plot inspired from the real Sonam Gupta story? “The story is fictional, just the idea is inspired from real life. Even my director wondered why someone wrote this on a note and that’s how he wrote this story,” he responds. Jassie plays Sintu in the film, who faces dhokha in love. Ask Jassie if he ever faced the same fate in real life, and he replies, “By God’s grace, pyaar mein dhokha kabhi nahi mila but kaam mein bahut dhokhe mile hain.”
Mention his co-star Surbhi, and Jassie is all praise for her. “It was after going on the set that I got to know that she is also a Punjabi from Jalandhar. She speaks Punjabi very well and when two Punjabis get together, there is a lot of conversation about Punjab in our language and a lot of inside jokes. I loved working with her and she has done a tremendous work,” he insists.
The film has been shot in the interiors of UP, in Badayun, and the director of the film, Ssaurabh Tyagi, actually hails from there. So, did he show them the city from his perspective. “He had spent some time there in his life and he was like our guide there. Before the shoot, he even took us on a ride through the city so that we could soak in the culture. He was very excited to show us that part of his life,” he informs.
Jassie adds that the local culture and people added in the fun of making the film. “When we shot there, it felt like I was shooting in my own village as people were so loving there. They would see our shoots and locals would help us arrange things. We even used the local crowd for the shoot. In between shots, we would be made to wait at any local’s house and they would serve us with tea and food. So, it was an amazing experience,” he concludes.
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