Punjabi actor-singer Jassi Gill thinks Bollywood always welcomes talented actors
Punjabi actor-singer Jassi Gill, who made his Bollywood debut with Diana Penty-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, says Hindi cinema believes in giving opportunities to talented artists. "Here in Bollywood, talented actors are welcomed with open arms, they are given opportunities and are respected. The success and failure of a film is not everything, it is all about talent here," said the singer.
The actor, who doesn't sport a turban, further said, "I get to play different kinds of roles here as I don't have a set appearance." Punjabi film industry, according to Jassi, is at a nascent stage and unlike Bollywood, it does not have well-established production houses. "They are trying out new concepts but that is done with a limited budget," said Jassi.
"Bollywood pays more money to actors than Punjabi cinema. Budget is not that much over there, so how will they pay more to actors," Gill said. With artists and filmmakers working in different film-industries, Jassi believes it's good that lines are blurring in Indian cinema.
"Cinema will only grow. With this, one can reach out to more audience. And as an actor you can explore and challenge yourself and at the same time show your talent to other industry people," 30-year-old Gill added. Jassi, who is currently working on Kangana Ranaut-starrer Panga, is grateful to Bollywood filmmakers for giving him the opportunity to play different characters.
Jassi further said, "It is not easy to get everything at the beginning. I have confidence in my ability as an artist. I know I will have to prove myself as an actor and I am ready for all the hard work." In Panga, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Jassi plays the role of a supportive husband to Kangana's character, a kabaddi player.
"Kangana and I share good bonding today. I am learning a lot working with her. I am glad to be working with Ashwiny, Kangana," Gill said. According to Jassi, about 20-25% of shoot is over and the next schedule will be in Delhi and Kolkata.