“Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!” fame actor Manjot Singh says whenever has expressed his desire to do serious and romantic roles in Bollywood, Singh revealed that he is told “Sardar will only be accepted in a comic role”. The young actor believes only Sikh actors can break this perception.
Manjot agrees that he has done many comic roles but “not the ones where I have had to humiliate myself. The kind of roles that I have taken up were more like situational comedy”. And now Mr. Singh wants to explore more genres. “I wish to do a serious role and a romantic role but whenever I express what’s on my mind, I am told that a Sardar will only be accepted in a comic role. People cannot imagine a Sardar wearing a pagdi (turban) romancing an actress,” Manjot told IANS in an email interview.
“What they do not realize is that this perception about Sardars has been set by Bollywood itself and only we can break it. Most of the Sardars in the industry face this. That perception is slowly changing with actors like Diljit Dosanjh and me who are taking up more serious roles.”
What comes as a surprise is that Manjot is 0planning to produce a movie on a “Sardar who has a dream to become an actor but each time he goes for auditions, he is turned away because there is no comic character in the movie”.
He was last widely praised for his role in the 2017 film “Fukrey Returns”, which will air on &pictures on May 20. It is his first sequel.
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