After a rocking Bollywood debut with Udta Punjab, Diljit Dosanjh is all prepped up for his next release. Diljit’s next film Soorma is a biopic on hockey player Sandeep Singh. For the uninitiated, Sandeep Singh was paralyzed for a couple of years after an accidental gunshot. However, he bounced back and returned to the field. It was under his captaincy, that India even won Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (2009) and went on to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2011, Dosanjh’s entered into mainstream Punjabi movies and his journey post that has just been an inspiring one. Be it his back to back Punjabi hits as a singer or his social media antics and PDA for Kylie Jenner, people love him for being ‘Desi Punjabi Pendu’!
In a first, Diljit opened up on the limitations of not having a control over the English language in an interview with Indian Express. He said,
“See, if I get offered a Hinglish film, I cannot really take it up. When I do a Punjabi film, I am able to take a scene, interpret it my way and offer variations. I already struggle with Hindi because of my limited vocabulary. I try to watch Hindi films, pick up a word or an expression but usually, I end up delivering the dialogue I have been given. You cannot do your best unless you have control on the language. But I am not going to let this pass… I am already working towards improving my Hindi and I am not going to die an English illiterate.”
Talking about the struggles of playing a hockey player, he added,
“I can look like one. I know the stance and Sandeep Singh trained me to do the drag flick, what he was famous for. But I can’t play well. I was quite bad when I started — I had never entered a hockey ground before, never really held a stick in my hand for the purpose of playing (laughs). I am used to running but not like a sportsperson would. Sandeep worked hard on me. I think he was more worried because I had to play him in the film.”