"The subject is really important for me"
After much buzz and speculation, Diljit Dosanjh has confirmed his next project with director Ali Abbas Zafar, set in the time of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Titled Jogi, the Hindi film narrates a story of resilient friendship and courage in times of adversity set in 1984 in Delhi.
Diljit Dosanjh is glad that Jogi will open in the OTT space, which he says will widen its reach and impact.
Diljit said: “The year of my birth is 1984 as well. I have grown up hearing about real-life experiences and stories about the riots and the era.
“In fact, I had even made a Punjabi film, Punjab 1984, sometime back, which won a National Film Award as well.
“So, the subject is really important for me, and Ali sir has picked the right story.”
The Netflix film, which was shot in India during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, will release on September 16, and the singer-actor shares:
“It’s such a right move. Coming on an OTT platform will widen the reach of the story, and that has been the reason for me to do this project.”
Jogi might be about the 1984 era, but according to Diljit, it hasn’t lost its importance.
The Honsla Rakh actor adds: “It is very important for us to tell the story of the incident to the people.
“That’s why the film coming out on an OTT platform was needed for it. Because the subject is not yet explored in the digital space. It is the right chance for us to tell the story.”
Opening up about the toll revisiting the past incident brings, the singer admits:
“There is no doubt that it is a very sensitive, emotional and relevant subject. And that mood stays with us, not goes away.
“When we were working on such a subject earlier too, people who used to watch us shoot in a village, they used to say that, ‘yeh film nahi hai, yeh actual mein hua tha’. That sense of reality stayed with us this time as well.
“There was a day when Ali sir also got emotional during a scene.”
“That is the sort of feeling and atmosphere on the set.”
Diljit Dosanjh has not appeared in a Hindi film since 2020’s Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari. The last Punjabi film he was seen in was 2021’s Honsla Rakh, which also starred Shehnaaz Gill and Sonam Bajwa.