Haven't become a star yet: Diljit Dosanjh
The actor, who works in both the Hindi and Punjabi industries, will next be seen in the sports biopic Soorma, based on the life of former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh
He is a singing sensation, a celebrated name in the Punjabi film industry and has won over Bollywood fans with his roles in films like Udta Punjab and Phillauri. However, Diljit Dosanjh says he does not feel he has become a star yet.
With critics and audiences loving his performances, does he still not feel he has achieved stardom? "No, I do not feel like a star."
Diljit made his acting debut in 2011 with The Lion of Punjab and ventured into Bollywood in 2016 with Udta Punjab. He has also sung tracks like Proper patola, This Singh is so stylish, Do you know and 5 taara, which have all been chart-toppers.
"I have miles to go. Right now, it is not the time that I look back. When I reach a stage, maybe after the age of 60, then I'll look back and see where I started from and what I have done," he says.
As he is gaining popularity in Bollywood, will Punjabi films take a backseat? "No. Two of my Hindi films will release this year. But my love for Punjabi films is more. This year, my Punjabi film Rangroot will release. It is based on World War I. So, every year a Punjabi film of mine will come out," says Diljit, who has earlier starred in films like Jatt & Juliet, Sardaarji, Ambarsariya and Super Singh in his native language.
The 34-year-old actor says the common factor in the Hindi and Punjabi film industries remains that "you get a good opportunity to make money in both."
As of now, he is exploring the small screen too. He will be seen -- once again -- as a mentor in the second season of singing reality show Rising Star. "It will be live like the last time. I think this is the only show that does a live telecast. This time there will be new singers, songs and new stories. The set is also new. This time it will be more fun," he adds.
Diljit finds both TV and films are "strong mediums".
"A good film will be etched in the minds of people. A film has its own spectacular journey and television has a quick response. I am doing this show because of the way I perform live on stage and get a quick response," he says.
On the film front, he will next be seen playing former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh in the upcoming biopic Soorma, which also stars Taapsee Pannu.
"I had never played hockey and I am doing a film on hockey. I thought I'd only be able to do films that I can relate to, but since I am in this field, I have to do new subjects that are not close to my real life. I have learnt hockey under the guidance of Sandeep Singh."
Diljit also has Arjun Patiala with Kriti Sanon. "The film is a small-town comedy," he says, of the film in which he essays the role of a policeman.