The Ammy Virk starrer ‘Harjeeta’ has bagged the Best Punjabi Film title in the 66th National Film Awards. Written by Jagdeep Sidhu and directed by Vijay Kumar Arora, ‘Harjeeta’ was released last year on May 18th. Although, the film didn’t receive a good response at the box-office. But after winning the National award, the film has undoubtedly recognized the labor put in together by the whole team.
Harjeeta portrayed the story of a young hockey player, Harjeet Singh Tuli, who was India’s captain in the Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2016. It was under Singh’s captaincy that India won the trophy after a wait of 2 decades.
For the movie, Ammy Virk worked very hard not just on the acting part, but also on matching the looks of the real Harjeeta. Ammy lost a lot of weight as he had to sport an athletic body. He broke every last drop of sweat to get the perfect abs as well. Also, he practiced for hours and spent time with real-time hockey players in their base camp so as to bring reality on the reel.
The director of the film Jagdeep Sidhu took to his social media to share his excitement. Ammy Virk also shared the screenshot of a message which was sent to him by the director after the film’s release.
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@jagdeepsidhu3 bhra ne mainu aaah msg bhejeya c 18th may 2018 nu, Harjeeta film release aaale din, mere ajj v yaad aa oh feeel, bcs film didn’t work at boxoffice , te asin bahut jyada dukhi c , matlb bahut eeee jyada… then i got this msg from jaggi… fe main socheya manaaa hun taan ho gya kammm, agge challiye… fe lai k rabb da naam agge waddd ge… te ajj Saadi ohi film nu NATIONAL AWARD mileya… kehnde bahut waddi gall hundi eh milna… so ajj aaapa bahut khush aaa…. tuhade saareyan da bahut bahut thnku … @vijaycam @sawanrupowali @rajsinghjhinger @harjeethockey005 @pankajtripathi__ … love… WAHEGURU JI SARBAT DA BHALA KARAN
Other than this, Sameep Singh has won the title of best child artist for his debut movie ‘Harjeeta’. Sameep Singh played young Harjeeta, in the biopic. He owned the screen for almost 40 minutes in the beginning. And from the writer to director to other actors of the movie, everyone spoke highly of the kid during the movie promotions.
Jagdeep Sidhu also shared a small clip of Sameep Singh giving audition for the film on his social media.
Check out Sameep’s splendid audition:
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Ground ch hockey 🏑 khed de ess munde ch 🔥 dikhi c … edda first audition for Harjeeta… November di thand ch jido duplicate actor mukar gaye c chhapad de thande pani ch wadan to taan enne bina swimming 🏊♀️ aaunde v enni thand ch sara din thande paani ch aap shot dite .. first film … won national award 🥇 best child actor.. 💪💪 #proud @sameepranaut @ammyvirk @sawanrupowali @vijaycam @gurpreetkaur.bhangu.5
— MIB India (@MIB_India) August 9, 2019
It seems like now after a year, these efforts have been paid off via this national recognition.
Furthermore, the cast of the movie also includes Sawan Rupowali, Sameep Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Raj Jhinjer, Gurpreet K Bhangu, Parkash Gadu, Sukhi Chahal and Jarnail Singh in pivotal roles.