After the release of his Hindi movie which bombed at the box office, Gippy Grewal is all set to create headlines with his upcoming feature film titled Ardaas!
I was lucky to be a part of the post production of this project and the screenplay and acting skills which the cast has showcased are both worth a standing ovation.
Here are the 10 things you should know about this much awaited upcoming Punjabi flick :
1)This one is Gippy Grewal's first ever project as a film director.
Gippy has been working too hard for Ardaas. After a not very successful experiment with Hindi cinema, he has made sure that his upcoming project is worth the wait.
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2) Singer turned actor Ammy Virk will be seen as a struggling newcomer in the Punjabi music industry
Punjab's very well known singer Ammy Virk will be seen as a village boy who aspires to become a renowned singer. His attempts for releasing his song generally go in vain. His love interest is being played by model turned actress Isha Rikhi who has done a fairly good job in terms of acting. Their journey of love turns precarious when families turn hostile.
3) Zora Randhawa makes his debut with a negative role
The latest singing sensation, Zora Randhawa of 22Da fame, is making his debut with Ardaas. He will be seen as an oppugner in the film. As a first timer Zora just doesn't fail to impress and he also fits in the character very aptly. Kudos to the casting team for this one!
4) Actress Mandy Takhar will be seen in a non glamorous, never seen before avatar
Mandy Takhar who is generally characterized as a fashionable upmarket girl in most of her films will be seen in an entirely unique portrayal in this one. She will be seen donning the look of a rural Punjabi woman who is married to the son of an army officer. Her character has a lot of emotional variations throughout the film.
5) Rana Ranbir has written the dialogues for the film besides playing a prominent character.
Well known comedian and our celebrity blogger Rana Ranbir will be seen playing an important role in the movie. He has written the dialogues for Ardaas and some of them will surely create history.
6) Many prominent singers have given their voices for Ardaas
Established names in the industry such as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Kanwar Grewal have sung for this movie. Ammy Virk also has 2 songs in his voice. Overall Ardaas will be a treat for people who have an ear for good music.
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7) Kisaan Production takes a leap forward with this project
Well known production house of Punjab, Kisaan Production has progressed on a professional front with Ardaas. Gurpreet Giani, who till date has been taking care of the production for films like Jatt James Bond, Punjab 1984,etc has turned executive producer for this movie.
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8)Ravneet Kaur Grewal is the costume designer for Ardaas
Gippy's better half, Ravneet Kaur, who takes care of his wardrobe in each of his projects and performances has played her part in this one too. The only difference is that in this movie the entire clothing line had to be designed in a completely non starry, desi yet modern way. Ravneet is a fashion designer and has worked for nearly all of Gippy's films.
9)Baljit Singh Deo - From foreign land to Jayanti Majri village!
The man known for his edgy cinematography in films like Jag Jeondeyan De Mele, Mirza The untold story, Hero naam yaad rakhi and Faraar is back in action. This time this foreign location lover has shot the entire movie in a nearby village named Jayanti Majri. When I asked one of the crew members how Mr.Deo felt about shooting in such a location, he amusingly answered back, "He was more than excited about the whole thing." He further added, "Certain Punjabi words that Baljit sir used were so particular that it surprised all. Even we didn't know what they meant and sir used to laugh at us when we called ourselves Punjabis!"
10)This movie is an amalgamation of various short stories
Gurpreet Ghuggi, who plays the protagonist of this film will take the audiences through an array of challenges faced by the people of Punjab. Each story has a set of characters played by well known faces of the industry namely BN Sharma, Sardar Sohi, Harinder Bhullar, Karmjeet Anmol, Prince KJ, Malkit Rauni,Raj Dhaliwal, Harbilas Sangha & Parminder Barnala. The beautifully designed poster of the film itself speaks a thousand words.
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So that's a lot of information for you guys already but here's a bit more. Ardaas is produced by Humble Motion pictures which comprises of Gippy and his brother Pushpinder Happy along with Aditya Singh. The music of the film has been done by Jatinder Shah and it will be released under Speed Records.
You will also witness a pleasant surprise towards the end of the movie. Watch it on 11th March 2016 and lemme know how it was :-)