Actor Jassie gill has been making a name for himself in Bollywood. With each of his films, the actor makes sure to turn heads. Be Panga with Kangana Ranaut, Happy Phirr Bhaag Jaayegi with Sonakshi Sinha, or even his latest movie with Surbhi jyoti called Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai? Jassie is here to impress.
And in an exclusive conversation with me, this talented man talks about making it big, starting his own music label, and much more. Read the full conversation below …
Am I quite impressed with you in the trailer for Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai? How was your experience working on this movie, especially in terms of its OTT release?
Honestly, the movie was supposed to have a theatrical release, but due to Covid, we had to change the premiere to OTT 4-5 months ago. The film has also been made from a theatrical point of view. In regards to my experience, this was a bit different and difficult for me, at first I was a bit scared. Especially since the movies I made before, whether in Bollywood or Punjab, didn’t make me step out of my comfort zone. Speaking the language of another state, measuring that culture, wearing that gaze was initially difficult for me. But after that, I got comfortable with the character and enjoyed working on him.
Let me tell you, with your acting we didn’t even feel for a second that you are a Punjabi, you’ve gotten into the character’s skin so well.
(Laughs) I was very scared at first because it was so different for me. But my director Saurabh Tyagi was very supportive. He asked me to get the feel of the scene and not worry about the accent. He said that could be fixed during dubbing. My main goal in this movie was to stick with the feel of the scene. So when the movie went to edit, I was wondering how much it might have to redo, but luckily in four scenes I had some fixes, which was a relief to me. It gave me confidence, now I can think of experimenting.
Can we say that his journey has been very good so far, he has played shocking roles, his first movie Happy Phirr Bhaag Jaaegi with Sonakshi Sinha, then Panga with Kangana Ranaut and now he is with Surbhi Jyoti, he has worked with some prominent names in the industry. of cinema and television?
I am very happy that any work I have done has been noticed. That was my idea when I signed movies. I never thought that the movie should be a huge success or that I would become a superstar. Even today, I don’t think like that, I started my singing career in 2011 and I have been taking it one step at a time. Luckily things have gone well, but I know that this process is slow and takes time, a song will not make me feel. So I always wanted to do work that caught my eye, and this is what I kept in mind when selecting films as well. My first film was signed in 2016 and so far I am very happy with my journey. I feel like I’m on the right track. Now OTT has given actors like me an incredible platform because it has all kinds of content. I just want people to see and enjoy my movies.
Considering you started out as a singer, was becoming an actor always the plan?
I’ve loved singing since the beginning, when I was a kid, I always wanted to have my own music album. I used to be very attracted to singers, I used to listen to a lot of music. As for acting, they told me I could be an actor. This happened when I started appearing in music videos. Back in 2011 when my album came out, the video trend had started where the singer was singing in the video, this is also one of the main reasons why many Punjabi songs are played around the world today. I never knew that through my songs, I was moving towards acting. By doing this, I started getting offers for movies in Punjabi, I was also offered my first Bollywood movie because of my song. I could sing, but I never knew that I could act too.
So far in your career, what has the Bollywood industry taught you?
Here I have learned that you are hardworking and talented, you will be noticed. It is not necessary to have that heroism, that good looks or that body to be an actor today, all of that has been left behind. Today, if you can entertain the audience, they will notice you.
If you had to play another role in Bollywood, besides romance, what would it be?
Someone once told me that I would really look good in a negative role. It would be very different, so I think it would be like this. Now when I get scripts I choose between them and God willing I would like to play a negative character who is quite the opposite of my personality. I would also love to make a sports movie, I have played cricket, I am a national volleyball player, so if something like that comes my way, I would put my heart and soul into it.
He has worked in both Bollywood and the Punjabi industry. What is, according to you, the difference between the two industries in terms of the process?
There is not much difference in terms of content. Since OTT has exploded, the content that has started to be created in the Punjabi industry is astonishing. We have a Punjabi OTT platform where exclusive content is available and they have started experimenting with genres as well. It’s not just comedy anymore. The Punjabi industry is not very old, so it is very small. The audience is limited, but now it is growing thanks to OTT. Bollywood has been around for a while, it has big budgets, renowned technicians, but in Punjab just to make good content we have to compromise on several aspects. But both industries are creating amazing content.
What’s the plan ahead, Jassie?
I have few projects in hand, it is a movie that I will be filming for, but I cannot reveal much about it. But babaji ki mehr hai everything is fine. I’m in talks about something else too, but I don’t want to rush and do anything just for the sake of it. I have also launched my own music label where I put my own content. I do a lot of music content, but it didn’t reach people, so I decided to start my own label. I will release my first album with that label soon and have been involved in it from A to Z. This is something new that I planned in the running of the bulls. Today they judge you by the views your song receives, and if it doesn’t do well, record companies start judging you based on that, that’s why I started my own record company.
Well I’m looking forward to seeing the latest Jassie Gill movie. Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai? which premieres tomorrow (September 10), and will also see more of the actor on screen in the future. And I’m sure you are too. Stay tuned!