Canada-based Punjabi singer-actor Jassi Gill is now tasting success belatedly in Bollywood. Playing Kangana Ranaut’s supremely supportive spouse in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s aspirational masterpiece Panga Jassi is getting a whole lot of positive attention.
It’s been a 9-year journey in Bollywood for Jassi. “I started here in 2001. And no,Panga is not my debut in Hindi, though a lot of people I meet now tell me they wish this was my debut. But I’m equally proud of my debut in Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi. I worked with equal sincerity in both Happy Bhaag Jayegi and Panga. After that, the fate of a film and my performance is not in my hands.One reason why my performance in Happy Bhaag Jayegi went relatively unnoticed was that I wore a turban in the that film and many people didn’t happen recognize me.”
Jassi’s sincere turn as Kangana’s supportive husband in Panga has set new standards for a role-model husband.
Jassi laughs, “It feels good when I hear people say that . In the film there is a dialogue , ‘Pehle ladkiyaan apne patiyon ko Shah Rukh Khan ki tarah romantic banne ko kehti thi, ab Prashant, my character, ki tarah supportive banne ko kahengi.’ I feel happy to be playing a man who is so supportive of his wife’s dreams.”
Jassi says playing a supportive spouse comes naturally to him since he comes from a family where women are naturally empowered. “I’ve three sisters who are older than me and all of them were encouraged by my parents to follow their dreams. My wife is a qualified professional and I have always been the ‘Prashant’ in her life.”
Jassi and his wife have a baby now she is a homemaker in Canada now. Jassi divides his time between Canada and India.
“I do miss my wife and child when I’m in India working. But I make sure to fly back for brief visits as many times as I can,” says Jassi who is at heart a singer much more than an actor.
“I’m not in a hurry to sign any new film. My family and my meals do not depend on my acting career. I’m predominantly a singer. As for acting, I have one more Hindi film on hand called Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai.I am not allowed to say much about it until the producers work out the logistics of release. Right now I am just enjoying the image of the ideal husband that Pangahas given me.”S
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