Diljit Dosanjh won’t do a film without his turban, says it is ‘his identity’
Diljit Dosanjh is a man of few words and one of the most humble celebrities you will ever meet. A superstar in North India, Diljit has a loyal fan following all over but he has no air about it. We have seen Diljit in ‘Udta Punjab’ which released in 2016 and now, his next Bollywood film, ‘Soorma’ which is directed by Shaad Ali, is going to release this Friday, July 13. You may wonder why he hasn’t signed more Bollywood films, now, Diljit answers to that question.
In an interview with Indiatimes.com, he said, “I don’t do many films in Bollywood because nothing substantial has been offered to me, I get offers but I feel even if I don’t play this role someone else will, it won’t make a difference.”
The actor has another strong reason. “Even now my most favourite directors from Bollywood have offered me films which I cannot do because they want me to do it without turban and that’s not possible. Turban is my identity, it’s my emotion,” he says.
Initially, Diljit was not very keen on signing ‘Soorma’ which is based on the life of Hockey player, Sandeep Singh. Talking about the same, Diljit said, “I was reluctant because I never played hockey in my life. But I was convinced because of the story. I don’t think we have ever heard a story like this in India. A man who was on wheelchair, fought back, became a captain and made a world record. I mean what kind of willpower one requires to do such a heroic thing.”
He further adds, “When an actor pretends to play guitar, I feel very bad because I know he is acting. Similarly, I was skeptical whether I look good playing hockey because I have never done that. But I had to say yes because living legend Sandeep taught me the sport and everything became easy.”
The humble star has repeatedly said that he is not an actor. “I don’t understand method acting and all, because I am not an actor. If I will exaggerate and say that I have worked very hard, it was very difficult for me and all that, then it will sound fake. In this film (‘Soorma’), story is the hero. Sandeep in real life had to go through so much of struggle which you and me can never imagine, so he is the hero, not me. If the film touches your heart then I succeed.”