Jimmy Sheirgill turns producer with bilingual `Dharti`

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 12:50 PM IST

New Delhi: After stars like Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill is the latest actor to turn producer after being in the industry for close to a decade.

His first production venture is `Dharti`, a Punjabi-Hindi bilingual flick, which is all set to go on floors in the month of November.

"`Dharti` is all set to kick start. While the story and setting mainly belong to Punjab, the Hindi version would be an added bonus," Sheirgill told reporters.

The actor has become a superstar in Punjabi cinema post the success of `Mel Karade Rabba`, `Munde UK De` and `Tera Mera Ki Rishta`.

"Regional films have a huge market in India as well as overseas if made, promoted and marketed well. Still, I am not looking at increasing the number of Punjabi films that I do
every year. That would lead to a saturation point.

"I would be making my own films now and would also be ensuring that the production values and running length would be controlled," says Sheirgill who started his Bollywood journey 13 years back with Gulzar`s `Maachis`.

A dramatic thriller, `Dharti` has a relatively new director in Navaniat Singh while hunt is on for the leading lady.

The actor will also be seen in Hemant Madhukar`s `A Flat`, a horror flick that also stars Sanjay Suri. "It is about a man who gets trapped in his own apartment. While this character first assumes this to be a technical issue with his doors and windows, he soon realises the supernatural and paranormal forces at work."

Originally scheduled for an October release, the film has now been postponed to November 12 to avoid the clutter of releases in the current season.

"One can`t plan such things even if one wishes to. (Producer) Anjum (Rizvi) had got all the theaters booked but due to moving ahead of `Anjaana Anjaani`, everything got impacted. I don`t mind arriving late though; after all now we get time for some more promotion in coming weeks." Sheirgill, whose last outing was `My Name Is Khan`, will next be seen in `Game` and `Johnny Mastana` with Amitabh Bachchan.

PTI