Do you remember Aditi Sharma who played the leading lady in the TV series Gangaa? Yes, the actress is now all set to give a strong performance in the forthcoming Punjabi film Subedar Joginder Singh. Even though the film has Punjabi superstar Gippy Grewal as the leading man, Aditi plays his wife. And mind you, this one is inspired by a real life character.
Yes, Aditi Sharma, who has played integral roles in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Mausam, will be playing Subedar’s wife Bibi Gurudayal Kaur. And she is confident that it has been one of the strongest roles of her career. From changing her perspective towards the life of an army man’s wife to how she was convinced to do the script, the film has been a life changer in her life.
Aditi Sharma in an exclusive chat with Bollywood Hungama speaks about her much awaited Punjabi film and also the kind of TV projects she is looking forward to.
The film is based on the life of Subedar Joginder Singh. How important has the role of Bibi Gurudayal Kaur been in his life?
We have taken some cinematic liberties and weaved it as a love story. We have tried to show how they both met by destiny and have bumped into each other often. Because it is a biopic of an army man, the wives generally have a major contribution. When I was reading the script, I realized how strong an army man’s wife needs to be. I never thought of it before in my life. I started respecting them more because when their family member is going to fight a war, they have to be so strong because somewhere deep down they are aware that they may not come back. In fact, depicting it is a scene in the film which was also showcased in the promos where my character tries to stop Subedar Joginder Singh. Even though sub consciously you know that he is doing it for the country and it is a great honour yet the fact never changes that the army man is a husband too. He is family. Just like my character is aware that it is his duty to go to the battlefield yet.
Subedar Joginder Singh had always said that I will take care of the country and the country will take care of you [to his family]. However, I must say it is a rather sad plight to see that these promises have remained just promises. I have met army families including the real family of Joginder Singh. Many times, the commitments made by the government are never fulfilled. However, these are not a part of the film.
What characteristic of Bibi Gurdyal Kaur Banga were you attracted towards the most?
Her simplicity and bravery! No matter the kind of fear she feels within her heart, she always put on a smile. That courage is mesmerizing truly! These were some important elements that made me fall for the character.
After doing a progressive TV series like Ganga which breaks myths on child marriage and widow harassment, what kind of shows are you looking forward now?
Ganga wrapped up in June and in July I started with Subedar Joginder Singh. At the moment, I am concentrating on my forthcoming Punjabi films that will be releasing this year, within the next few months. When it comes to TV, it is all about the subject and it should excite me. Like in Subedar Joginder Singh, it is his biopic and I am a part of the film. Even though I am his wife in it, it is just a part. I have to like the overall story. I have to like it as an audience. Even for Ganga, the case was similar. Be it any medium whether it is film or theatre, the character and script is important. Typical saas-bahu stuff doesn’t excite me. It has to be progressive in its approach.
You have shared screen space with Ranveer Singh [Ladies vs Ricky Bahl] who is now a superstar and also Shahid Kapoor [Mausam], which other current star would you love to act?
If there is one actor I really like to act with is Ranbir Kapoor… the way he approaches his role and portrays his character it is very exciting. Of course, Ranveer and Shahid are fantastic too. Every one of them are growing with time and getting better at their art.