Canada-based Punjabi singer-actor Jassie Gill is now tasting success belatedly in Bollywood. Playing Kangana Ranaut’s supremely supportive spouse in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s aspirational masterpiece Panga, Jassie is getting a whole lot of positive attention.
It’s been a 9-year journey in Bollywood for Jassie. “I started here in 2001. And no, Panga is not my debut in Hindi, though a lot of people I meet now tell me they wish this was my debut. But I’m equally proud of my debut in Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi. I worked with equal sincerity in both Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi and Panga. After that, the fate of a film and my performance is not in my hands. One reason why my performance in Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi went relatively unnoticed was that I wore a turban in the that film and many people didn’t happen recognize me.”
Jassie's sincere turn as Kangana’s supportive husband in Panga has set new standards for a role-model husband. Jassie laughs, “It feels good when I hear people say that. In the film, there is a dialogue, ‘Pehle ladkiyaan apne patiyon ko Shah Rukh Khan ki tarah romantic banne ko kehti thi, ab Prashant, my character, ki tarah supportive banne ko kahengi.’ I feel happy to be playing a man who is so supportive of his wife’s dreams.”
Jassie says playing a supportive spouse comes naturally to him since he comes from a family where women are naturally empowered. “I’ve three sisters who are older than me and all of them were encouraged by my parents to follow their dreams. My wife is a qualified professional and I have always been the ‘Prashant’ in her life.”
Jassie and his wife have a baby now she is a homemaker in Canada now. Jassie divides his time between Canada and India. “I do miss my wife and child when I’m in India working. But I make sure to fly back for brief visits as many times as I can,” says Jassie who is at heart a singer much more than an actor.
“I’m not in a hurry to sign any new film. My family and my meals do not depend on my acting career. I’m predominantly a singer. As for acting, I have one more Hindi film on hand called Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai. I am not allowed to say much about it until the producers work out the logistics of release. Right now I am just enjoying the image of the ideal husband that Panga has given me.”