Jab Harry Met Sejal: Shah Rukh Khan explains the Punjabi influences in the film

FP Staff

Jul,13 2017 20:09 46 IST

Shah Rukh Khan and  Jab Harry Met Sejal has Khan playing a man of Punjabi descent who works as a tour guide in Europe. It is refreshing to see a Bollywood actor reciting lines with the right amount of Punjabi touch because actors usually overdo the accent. Khan on the other hand, impresses in his turbaned avatar, as he dances alongside Sharma in the film's latest 'Butterfly' song.

Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from 'Butterfly'. YouTube screengrab.

Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from 'Butterfly'. YouTube screengrab.

Explaining the incorporation of such distinct Punjabi elements, Khan went live from ANI's Facebook page while chatting with the press. He says that Punjab is paramount to India's culture and heritage. The energy of the state is infectious and that is the reason why Bollywood draws inspiration from it so frequently.

Khan and Sharma are seen running in lush green mustard streets in the Butterly song. In one of the shots, they are surrounded by Bhangra dancers who liven up the screen with their synchronised steps. The sight of a jovial Khan driving a tractor in the fields instantly transport you to the villages.

Khan says that he spent his childhood in close proximity to Punjabi culture. He was born in Rajinder Nagar, a locality in Delhi which is majorly inhabited by people from Punjab and his wife's family is also from the state. Therefore, it was not difficult for him to slip into the role.

Khan also shared some crucial information about his character, Harry. "The whole idea behind the film is that guides take people around but they are very lonely. They don't have a destination," he explains.

Khan was also all praise for the Nooran sisters, who lent their voice to 'Butterfly'. He revealed that he was the one who pitched the idea of having the duo sing for the film because he relishes their music.

Here's the live video: