Neeru Bajwa the top female Punjabi actress, who has been the face behind many blockbusters such as Jihne Mera Dil Luteya , Jatt and Juliet 1 & 2, she is now ready to release her new film Aa Gaye Munde UK de, the sequel to Munde UK de. Neeru talks to Kulwinder about the film.
Hello Neeru, How are you doing?
Hey Kulwinder, I’m good it’s very hot and I am just shooting in Jalander for a film, how are you?
I am good thanks. So your new film Aa Gaye Munde UK de is releasing on the 8th August, do we as viewers need to have seen Munde UK de first?
No, you don’t have to see the first part which is Munde UK de. If you haven’t seen it and you missed it then that’s OK, I will forgive you! Either than that you don’t need to have seen it in order to understand Aa Gaye Munde UK de. The storyline is completely different we are not continuing off from where the first one left off from. We have the same cast and the name is kind of like Jatt and Juilet, both different stories.
Is there going to be another sequel?
Well let’s see how Aa Gaye Munde De does at the box office, then that will determine that I guess.
Why has it taken so long to make a sequel?
Manmohan Singh the director was talking about this for the last 5 years; he just couldn’t crack the storyline. I think Munde UK de kind of started that whole concept of the comedy phase within the Punjabi industry. It was such a special film for all of us Punjabi’s. So Manmohan Ji, didn’t want to just create anything so quick so this is why it’s taken a long time to crack the script and to make sure that the audience won’t be disappointed.
Sounds great, a lot of thought has gone in, so Neeru what appealed to you about Aa Gaye Munde UK de?
Well first of all it is because of Manmohan Ji; wherever I am it is because of him. I will do anything he says. But the film in general, well when I first heard the script which he narrated I was laughing throughout. I said to him this is going to be good. So I just knew it, I have this intuition and when we started shooting it just got better and better with everyone’s performance and input. It is a nice big happy family film.
Briefly tell us what the film is about?
It is a romantic film, where as Munde UK de was a comedy. My character Disha, is from Punjab, a Punjabi girl and her father has this fascination with getting his daughter married to a guy who is a NRI. Jimmy and Guggi Paaji they try to tell him that they love his daughter and that Jimmy wants to marry her.
But my father is like no he just wants a NRI and that’s how the film starts and how Jimmy woo’s me and pretends he’s from abroad and stuff, then things unravel.
Oh wow seems very fun and interesting to watch. So how would you describe your character Disha in the film?
The director made me feel very special and the way he presented and projected me in this film made me feel beautiful therefore this was easy.
What was it like working with Jimmy Shergill? And Gurpreet Guggi?
It was amazing! They are such talented actors and I have known them for so long. I think everyone just keeps getting better and better. It was great and defiantly a great reunion.
So having Gupreet Guggi on the set must off been a lot of fun, full of laughter?
Oh yes, it was. The only new edition we had was Om Puri. We are all a great big family and had a blast shooting.
What was it like to work with the director Manmohan Singh again?
I feel like a child when I work with him. It is so nice to work him; he is one of the most talented directors. The way he handles everyone at peace and calmness, you don’t need to worry about anything because you know everything has been taken care off.
Do you wish some of the film was shot in the UK, considering the film title?
Ah no it couldn’t off been shot in the UK. I wouldn’t have minded to have a song shot there, but hey we are coming to the premier there! It is on the 7th in Birmingham. So we made up for that and we will be performing at the O2 arena in London on the 9th.
From start to finish how long did the film take?
Think about 46 days for the shooting part, the rest of film completed a few days ago.
What was your favourite part?
My favourite part is the songs; I had a blast shooting for the songs.
I’ve heard some of the songs in the film there’s a bit of everything sad, romantic and happy but what’s your favourite song in the film?
Well it depends on my mood, if I’m feeling happy then it is a Bhangra song called Pasand Jaat di, if I’m sad then it’s the sad songs, if it’s romantic then it’s Tere Naal.
What was your challenging scene?
I didn’t have a challenging scene because I was so comfortable with everyone and everything. When you have a good director it’s all easy and everything happens smoothly.
What genre of films do you find easy to act in?
I love romancing on the screen. I do find comedy a bit challenging like in Naughty Jatt’s which was my last comedy. I’m very spontaneous so after the word ‘action’, everything just happens.
How different or similar are you from the character in reality?
I am quite similar, very easy going follows her heart. I’m lucky I’ve always played strong characters this allows me to identify with them.
Have you learnt anything whilst shooting Aa Gaye Munde UK de?
I have learnt something new every day, but working with Manmohan Ji has made me more patient and calm.
How long have you been in the film industry for now?
12 years and thank you for everyone who is still watching me and sites like yourself supporting us all and keep the Punjabi scene alive!
What’s your dream role?
It has to be Heer, I always wanted to play Heer. I am very blessed that I have had the opportunity to play her. I also feel that as an actor just working is a dream come true.
How was your overall experience making the film?
Wonderful, so far this is my best experience from start to finish, everything went so smoothly.
Was that because of the same cast?
No I think because there was no problem, everyone was positive, I believe in the script.
Are you nervous for the release?
I am a little nervous; I still haven’t seen the film! none of us have so we will be watching it on the 7th.
Could you give us a brief on your upcoming projects and what can we expect from you?
Currently I’m shooting for a film, can’t speak much about it but it will be releasing in November.
Why should we go and watch the movie?
I think you should go and watch the film because you will be thoroughly entertained, walking out of the theatre with a smile on your face. When you come out you will be like ‘what it’s over, let’s go and watch it again!’
Everybody, it is a family film. There is something for everyone and that is the speciality of Manmohan Ji.
I really enjoyed interviewing you and all I wish you all the best in the upcoming film.
Thank you so much.
Lastly, a message to the readers of Simply Bhangra?
God bless and keep smiling and keep up the supporting.
Interviewed by Kulwinder Kaur Kainth