Diljit Dosanjh to be the First Turbaned Sikh at Madame Tussauds

Diljit Dosanjh is proud and happy with the honour. ‘It’s a big deal,’ he says
Diljit Dosanjh to be the First Turbaned Sikh at Madame Tussauds
Diljit Dosanjh

There is Good News for the genial  Sikh singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh. He is all set to be the first turbaned Sikh to be honoured with a   wax statue at Madame Tussauds.

Diljit can barely contain his excitement when we caught up with him on Monday morning. He had just returned from an international trip and headed straight to Chandigarh to shoot for Karan  Johar’s Good News.

Says Diljit, “I am still pinching myself. When I  got that call  from them (Tussaud’s)  informing me that they want to  do my statue  my  response  was, ‘Mera kyon?’ What  have I achieved?”

Adds Diljit, “Before me, another Sikh, Milkha Singhji was honoured at  Tussaud’s. But his statue did not have him in a turban. So I think I’m the first turbaned Sardar to be featured at Tussaud’s. I am humbled  for  all the love  of Indians  I get  from all over the world.”

The date for the installation of the statue had to be postponed.

Says Diljit, “The day it was to happen our army officer, Abhinandanji was captured. That was not the right time to do a happy event. Now they ’re waiting for me to give them another date to install the statue as soon as I find the time. But I am apprehensive about setting a date. Times are so volatile, you  never know in the morning what  will happen in  the afternoon.”

Roles for Diljit are intrinsically restricted. “Since I am a turbaned Sardar, I can only play Sardar roles.  Either that or producers should be willing to alter the script to accommodate my physical appearance. But I  won’t call this a restriction.  It is  my good fortune that  I am the first  Sikh to be playing lead roles  in  Hindi films.”

The affable Sardar who has regaled us with strong understated performances in Udta Punjab and  Soorma says he is having a   blast shooting with Akshay Kumar in Chandigarh for the  Karan Johar production Good News.  “Shooting with Akshay Paaji is like a picnic. We ’ve almost wrapped up the shooting. Kab shuroo hua kab khatam pataa hi nahin chala.

Did  Akshay play his famous pranks on  Diljit?

“No no. No such thing. I’ve grown up watching his films. I can’t dream of doing masti with him. But he makes everyone so comfortable on the sets. He is an inspiration  to all of us.”

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