Gippy Grewal, a prominent figure in Punjab’s music industry and an actor and filmmaker in Punjab, has been associated with multiple Hindi film projects but has stayed away from Bollywood’s spotlight.
Gippy opens up about his hesitations, reminiscing, “I’m a fan of Bollywood; I genuinely enjoy the movies. But it raises questions – why should I work somewhere where I’m already an established artist? Hindi filmmakers appear to opt for the superstars in their projects. They might claim that everybody’s a hero, but when the film comes out, you can tell who the real star was; everyone else got cut.”
Gippy believes filmmakers often overlook giving credit where it is due. He cited a personal experience, saying “My song Angreji Beat was featured in Deepika Padukone’s film Cocktail and it proved to be quite popular, however, I received no recognition for it at all. People still don’t know that Gippy Grewal sang it! And in another incident I was asked to record The Punjaabban Song (Jugjugg Jeeyo) which I did, only to find out later on that they had gone ahead with my vocals when the trailer was released! How hard would it have been for them to give me a shout-out through their promotion process? This is what I mean by not being credited.”
He feels that there is a stark difference between the South Indian film industry and Bollywood. Expressing his viewpoint, he said, “I expressed my appreciation for Pushpa: The Rise and Allu Arjun on Twitter and also praised Kartik Aaryan for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’s promotional activities. I congratulated Vijay Deverakonda for Liger’s trailer as well. However, when it comes to Bollywood folks, often they only laud their own people. They are not very welcoming towards others. You see, Bollywood is a much bigger industry than Punjabi film industry. For example, if ever I complimented Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan it would hardly make any difference to them but if they say something positive about me it will be so gratifying for me and my fans. So, I feel people should encourage each other more often.”
It seems like there are negative instances preventing him from working in Bollywood. Despite his fame for his songs, he has only been in a few movies. He made his debut in Bollywood with Second Hand Husband alongside Dharmendra in 2015, followed by Lucknow Central featuring Farhan Akhtar in 2017. Concluding the discussion, he reveals that he doesn’t want to just be involved with Hindi films because of his experience in Punjabi cinema. Additionally, the fees offered to him are too low for him to take any jobs. As he says “Ab meri Punjab mein fees hi zyada hai toh main kya karu?”