Mainstream cinema, experimental cinema, being the hero onscreen or behind the camera – from singing to acting to directing to producing, there seems no field of entertainment that Gippy hasn’t tried his hands on and more importantly, OWNED it! Even in this year, there have been several occasions when our desi Rockstar made it to the headlines! Check out!
1. Smashing the Box Office
Whether it was Carry On Jatta 2 or Mar Gaye Oye Loko, Gippy Grewal made sure that both his avatars as a “hero” and a “writer” don’t go unnoticed! While the much-awaited hysterical movie ‘Carry On Jatta 2’ smashed all records at the box office, becoming the highest Punjabi grossing of all time (earning a whopping Rs 3.65 crore gross on the first day itself), Mar Gaye Oye Loko’s first day collection was pretty impressive as well (around 2 crore gross!). Though the producer in Gippy took a big risk by making a film on “life-after-death” for Punjabis – a concept totally novel for Punjabi cinema audience- yet his massive fan following showed full support fetching in some awesome numbers at the box-office.
2. Playing the National Hero
No matter what the fate of the movie at the box office, there’s no denying the fact that Gippy Grewal’s hugely ambitious project Subedar Joginder Singh will be remembered for a long time to come. The honesty with which he played the role of the martyr, and the hard work that our ‘kaptaan’ put in looking the part in this coming of age film, can never be forgotten. When the poster of the movie came out, his uncanny resemblance to the national hero was lauded by one and all. Later, when the movie released, Gippy’s work was highly appreciated. His attempt of bringing the valor of a soldier, who with a battalion of 21 men fought against a whole army, helped him gain a lot of love and respect from Punjabi cinema’s ardent lovers. It’s a different story though that the film suffered badly due to its not-so-clever promotional strategy.
3. When he bagged the offer of being the Director for a Bollywood flick
During Carry On Jatta 2’s release, it was revealed that Gippy Grewal had bagged the role of directing a Bollywood film which will star Taapsee Pannu as the lead actress. He was also quoted as saying, “I have been signed on as a director for a Hindi film which has a huge star cast. I got the offer after the makers saw my Punjabi film ‘Ardaas’ that was directed by me.”
4. When he was chosen for Punjab CM for his #NashteToAzaadi Campaing
In order to liberate the State from the deadly clutches of drug menace, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh in August, launched a #NasheToAzaadi (freedom from drugs) campaign. Capt Amarinder urged Gippy Grewal to promote and encourage a drug free Punjab through his songs and films. Gippy Grewal happily accepted the challenge and said that drugs is a “trying problem of our times, and we have to beat drugs in Punjab”. He urged the youth not to do drugs, and also not to allow others to do drugs.
5. When he received a threat call
In a disturbing event, Gippy Grewal, was threatened by a mobster named Dilpreet in June — the same person who shot at Parmish Verma in April. In an interview during Mar Gaye Oye Loko Promotions, Grewal said that the threat didn’t “Affect” him and he has moved on from that incident. “One has to work, and you can’t get affected by such incidents. In my case, I’ve been really lucky to get the support of the police and my team, who have made sure that I don’t get bothered by such incidents,” he said in an interview.