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Diljit Dosanjh prefers people to books

Says he likes to spend his days people watching

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Mumbai: Actor Diljit Dosanjh during the 5th Colors Golden Petal Awards in Mumbai on April 12, 2017. (Photo: IANS)
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Actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, who loves to interact with his fans on social media, says he is an observant person and prefers to “read people” rather than books in his leisure time.

Dosanjh’s next movie is Super Singh, about a Punjabi superhero.

Asked how he manages time to stay connected with people all the time, Dosanjh said: “Apart from my live shows, shopping and gymming, I like reading people rather than books. Every individual has a story that comes out from the way they are, their body language, opinion, mindset — everything.”

“I like people, I think observing people is more interesting than reading a book. So, yes, that is how I spend my day.”

Talking about Super Singh, Dosanjh said: “In 2012, when my film Jatt & Juliet released, some people trolled me, putting my face on a superman’s picture where people were making fun of me. You know, from that time I told myself, ‘It won’t stay like a troll anymore... We will make a Punjabi superhero’. And see, Super Singh does not wear his underwear outside... This is our desi superhero.”

According to Dosanjh, he had a great time shooting the film, even though some action sequences were tough.

“Some of the scenes were difficult but that is a part of my job, so I worked hard. It is a story of Punjab, where a little boy helps Super Singh to discover his superpower. I am sure kids will like the film,” he said.

The actor, who was lauded for his performance in Udta Punjab, said he does not take jokes at the Sikh community seriously.

“It is a free country where people can have an opinion on anything. I cannot take them to my heart. If someone is trolling and making fun of us, I cannot do anything. I am an entertainer. My job is to entertain people. I stick to that.”

He is credited with some of the most commercially successful films in the Punjabi film industry such as Sardaar Ji and Ambarsariya; in Bollywood, he worked on Udta Punjab and Phillauri.

Asked about the differences in the industries, Dosanjh said: “No. When it comes to passion, all artistes in all the industries are the same. But budget makes things different.

“For instance, our film Super Singh needed a bigger budget than any usual romantic comedy. We have got that support from Balaji Productions. So we are thankful to Ekta Kapoor who supported our film and never stopped us from shooting the film the way the director wanted it to be.”

Directed by Anurag Singh, the film, also featuring Sonam Bajwa, is releasing on June 16.