Ethnic take

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Dec 2018 12:28:02


An actor is much more than his ethnicity and his religion, says Sikh singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh, who has found popularity in Indian showbiz with his versatile roles in films like Udta Punjab, Phillauri and Soorma, as well as with his songs.

“An actor is more than his ethnicity and his religion. A filmmaker, a director has to be convinced and should be able to envision someone in a role, regardless of Sikh or not Sikh, if the filmmaker feels you suit the role, then that’s perfect,” Diljit told IANS.

However, the 34-year-old feels honoured to represent the Sikh community in mainstream Hindi cinema. He said, “Actually a lot of people have told me that I shouldn’t be an actor. People told me to get rid of my turban or not become an actor. Back then, I knew that I would be okay to give up films, but not my turban.”

Before venturing into Bollywood, Diljit used to think that “sardar actors can’t be successful in Hindi cinema”. But now looking at his fame and stardom, it would be wrong to say that he is not successful.
Diljit made his acting debut in 2011 with The Lion of Punjab and stepped into Bollywood in 2016 with Udta Punjab.