A Non-Resident Indian named Navvy Jassal makes his debut as an actor with a film titled ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’ which is due for release very soon. Actually speaking Navvy Jassal happens to be an actor from Austria. Having lived in Austria since the last 26 years his heart & soul is still rooted in India. Originally hailing from Punjab it was his childhood dream to be an actor. Navy aka Naresh Jassal’s debut making film ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’ is in fact his own real life journey from Punjab to Austria depicting all the pitfalls, the side effects, the trials & tribulations including all the ups & downs of belonging to the tribe of the scheduled caste.
To begin with enlist your background in a nutshell.
Actually speaking I was born in a small village of Kariha located in the district of Navanshaher in Punjab. Since childhood I have been victimised & harassed a lot for belonging to a scheduled caste tribe. My upcoming debut making film ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’ is in reality my real life journey from Punjab to Austria. During this journey I had to face all the pitfalls, the side effects, the trials & tribulations including all the ups & downs of belonging to the tribe of the scheduled caste.
What is the significance of the title of the film ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’?
From the point of view of the people belonging to the higher caste, the title of my upcoming film ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’, means that even if we look down upon and mete out bad treatment to the down trodden lower caste people what difference does it make? Really ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’ as they are meant & deserved to be treated like that. While from our point of view it means that let the higher caste people treat us the way they want us to treat, ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’. But then through our film we have tried to show that this attitudinal caste system differences should change drastically on behalf of both the parties and that too with immediate effect. This attitude no longer exists in metro cities but th saddest part is that it is still prevalent in smaller cities & especially in villages.
Fine so tell us more about the storyline of your upcoming film ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’.
Through our film ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’ we are trying to awaken the people. It is time to drive away the evils of caste system and differential casteism is one of them. Besides we have also tried to stress on the fact that their should be complete transparency in a couple’s relationship and a slightest mistake leads to a lot of mistrust & misunderstanding between them. That apart we have also tried to depict the side effects of drugs and all these are the resultant effects of my own real life experiences. In short ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’, is in fact a take on my own real life journey from Punjab to Austria. I have enacted the role of a person who is constantly insulted & humiliated because he belongs to a lower caste. At last getting fed up and in sheer disgust he leaves his village and sets off for Austria. At this point the film also points out that most of the youths undertake the overseas journey illegally and with thinking & consulting anyone and thereby becomes a victim of human trafficking and sometimes even lose their lives. After reaching Austria I complete my academic qualification and become a Professor in college who ultimately falls in love with one of his colleague. But here too he becomes a victim of caste system and is thrown out of the college. Later on he joins politics and forms his own party named OMP and was in power for 5 years whence he fights tooth & nail to eradicate the evils of caste system. And for further developments of the film ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’ you will have to catch the film on the celluloid silver screen when it hits the marquee very soon.
As a parting shot give us some more details about the cast & the crew of ‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’.
‘Kya Farak Padta Hai’ has been produced by Charanjit Kaur & directed by Jitendra Jaiswal. Of course the film has been penned by me and backed by me from “The Beginning” to “The End”, while its melodious & mellifluous music, having 5 songs, has been composed by Sanjvee. And besides me the film also stars Pankaj Berry, Kalpana Shah, Jaiseline Sharma et al.