Neeru Bajwa may not be signing any Bollywood film at the moment but that hasn't stopped strange accolades coming her way from the Hindi film industry. Having given two hits in Punjabi films, Mel Karade Rabba, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, Neeru is fast becoming the hot contender for the number one slot in Punjabi films. And as she is getting there, she is finding parallels with Katrina Kaif!
Recently titled the 'Katrina Kaif of Punjabi films', Neeru remains unfazed by the comparisons as she believes in remaining steadfast on her course.
"I am getting such good offers from Punjabi films that I am unable to take on any Hindi film as of now," says Neeru who is eagerly awaiting the release of her upcoming Jatt & Juliet, hyped as the first romcom in Punjabi, opposite Diljit Dosanjh. However, for all those speculating Jatt & Juliet to be a regional take off from Hum Tum, Neeru denies it outright. "This film is definitely going to herald a new genre in Punjabi films, that of romantic comedies, but it is just not a Punjabi remake of Hum Tum, as some people are saying," adds Neeru.
Neeru has another important reason for sticking around in Punjabi films as of now. After long, she says, a character centric film has been offered to her.
"In this film, Jatt & Juliet I have something substantial to do than just standing around showing my cleavage!" she laughs, "So far, all films I've done, including Punjabi, have offered me nothing to do. In fact, why just me, most Punjabi films so far had little to do for its actresses, they had been rather male centric...though the trend is changing now."
If this region's industry has lacked any ingredient thus far, it has been the fun in films, vies Neeru. "We would want Punjabi films to also be fun filled, light and entertaining...like Bollywood. Enough of heavy, serious subjects like separation from homeland, NRI issues and drugs etc," she says.
Next on, Neeru is excited to act again with Diljit in their untitled film, which earlier had the working title Jatt Romantic and is based on weddings. Also, she is awaiting the release of Pinky Moge Wali opposite Gavie Chahal.