Sargun Mehta And Gippy Grewal Discuss The Representation Of Sikhs In Bollywood

"Sandeep didn't include that scene just for the sake of it. He wanted to keep the valor of Punjabis intact throughout the film, and Arjan Vailey described it very well. So, I believe Bollywood is recognizing that we are known for much more than just being funny."

Sargun Mehta And Gippy Grewal Discuss The Representation Of Sikhs In Bollywood - SurgeZirc India
Sargun Mehta And Gippy Grewal Discuss The Representation Of Sikhs In Bollywood.

Animal, one of the most successful films of 2023, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and starring Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna, and Triptii Dimri, has garnered both praise and criticism.

While the film has been appreciated for its performances, it has also faced backlash for its content, which some have deemed misogynistic and regressive. Recently, Sargun Mehta and Gippy Grewal, while promoting their Punjabi movie Jatt Nu Chudail Takri, shared their thoughts on the representation of Sikhs in Bollywood.

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Sargun Mehta highlighted the fact that Sikhs have often been portrayed as comic characters in Bollywood movies, leading to the stereotyping of Punjabi people. While she acknowledged the Punjabi sense of humor, she emphasized that Sikhs are also known for their valor and bravery.

Mehta cited films like Kesari, starring Akshay Kumar, and Animal, starring Ranbir Kapoor, as examples of movies that have challenged this stereotype. She praised Sandeep Reddy Vanga for his meticulous approach to storytelling and mentioned a particular scene in Animal where a Sikh character bravely accepts his fate, showcasing the valor that Punjabis are known for.

“Sandeep didn’t include that scene just for the sake of it. He wanted to keep the valor of Punjabis intact throughout the film, and Arjan Vailey described it very well. So, I believe Bollywood is recognizing that we are known for much more than just being funny,” said Mehta.

Gippy Grewal echoed Mehta’s sentiments and acknowledged the shift in the portrayal of Sikhs in Bollywood. He recalled how, in the past, they would watch Bollywood movies and wonder about the representation of Punjabis. However, Grewal noted that he has witnessed a positive change in recent times.

He also pointed out the lack of proper Punjabi songs in Bollywood, stating that apart from a few exceptions, such as “Arjan Vailly” and “Angezi Beat,” he has refrained from singing in Bollywood due to the limited representation of Punjabi culture.

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