From Dubai to Mumbai, it has been quite some journey for young Japinder Kaur who is making her foray into the world of Bollywood. An erstwhile assistant to Prakash Jha (with whom she worked on Aarakshan) and boasting of a blooming post production studio in Dubai (which she runs with her brother Tarnpreet Singh – who is also the producer of her debut feature film), Japinder is stepping into Bollywood with Dilliwalli Zaalim Girlfriend.

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When asked about how she managed to assemble an impressive ensemble cast of Divyendu Sharma (Chashme Baddoor, Pyaar Ka Punchnama), Pradhuman Singh (Tere Bin Laden), ex-Miss India Prachi Mishra, Ira Dubey (Aisha) and veteran Jackie Shroff, despite Dilliwalli Zaalim Girlfriend being her first film, Japinder smiles away, “That was very challenging. When I started off in the industry, I heard around me that script is King and people would jump on to it. However, to put the correct crew, cast, post production, marketing, music, and the whole ensemble was quite some challenge.”

Dilliwalli Zaalim Girlfriend movie poster and Director Japinder Kaur
Dilliwalli Zaalim Girlfriend movie poster and Director Japinder Kaur

“Somewhere I realized that there is a little hitch that people have in working with newcomers,” she adds after a brief pause.

Was that heartbreaking? “See, I do understand that they have gone way too ahead to reach where they are and hence need to be sure about giving their nod of approval to a newcomer’s film. In that aspect, Manu Rishi was of good help as people had faith in him as a writer. Later when the film started, it got easier and easier,” she says.

Once everyone came together on the sets and Japinder started calling the shots, there was an added comfort level for all involved.

“Yes, during the making, people were happy for sure,” she smiles.

Well, we would like to see the results on 20th March once Dilliwalli Zaalim Girlfriend releases all over.

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