Desi Rockstar Gippy Grewal is going great guns as far as his choice of films is concerned! While he would be seen playing a tough character in upcoming Hindi film, Lucknow Central in September, the next Independence Day (August 15, 2018) he would be seen playing Subedar Joginder Singh in a biopic titled on the martyr’s name.
Subedar Joginder Singh was a soldier who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his extraordinary courage while protecting the Indian soil on the Line of Control during the Sino-Indo war of 1962.
The film, produced by Sumeet Singh of Unisys Infosolutions and Saga Music, will be directed by Simarjit Singh and will go on floors in a month. It will be shot across four-five schedules and will cover Joginder Singh’s entire journey — from being a young farmer to a brave martyr who tackled Chinese attacks at Bum La in Tawang.
“It’s a challenging role — to begin with, I have to lose 10 kilos and then gain 25 kilos to look the part.” : Gippy Grewal
While talking about his role, Gippy Grewal said, “I wasn’t even aware of this son of our soil till I was offered the biopic. The script moved me. After the first narration, I decided to read up on him because I felt embarrassed that I didn’t know anything about this national hero, who hails from Punjab. After reading all the information about him, I was determined to do the film.”
“It’s a challenging role — to begin with, I have to lose 10 kilos and then gain 25 kilos to look the part. Also, it’s history that we’re delving into; so, we have to be doubly careful about facts and the way we present it. It’s a massive responsibility to blend in the right amount of emotions, especially because of the current state of affairs in the sub-continent.”
According to a Times of India report, the producer-writer of the film, Rashid, and director Simarjit have spent months reading, researching and meeting the martyr’s family and friends across Punjab.
The director says, “The subject may be patriotic, but ours is not an out-and-out serious film. Subedar saab had a jovial side to his personality, which will also be highlighted. He was a mast maula, who didn’t think twice before sacrificing his life for the country. He had entered the army thinking it would help him earn better for his family, but patriotism took over. The drama is not about the war, it’s about the man.”
The film is slated to release on August 15, 2018.