- Apr 26, 2019,
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday described Sunny Deol, who recently joined the BJP, as a “filmi fauji”, in an apparent reference to the Bollywood actor’s popular war film, ‘Border’.
Singh claimed that Deol, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gurdaspur candidate, had no ground support in the constituency.
Asked about the entry of Deol into the contest, Singh quipped: “He (Deol) is a filmy ‘fauji’ (soldier), while I am a real ‘fauji’.” Singh had served in the Army, while Deol played a leading role in J P Dutta’s ‘Border’, a 1997 film based on the Battle of Longewala during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
“Sunny might have played Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri in Border film, but that does not make him a real ‘fauji’,” the chief minister said while accompanying state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar during the filing of nomination papers for Gurdaspur.
The chief minister described Deol, 62, as an ageing actor whose acting career was “over”. “He (Sunny) will come and go,” Singh said.
When pointed out that Deol’s latest movie, ‘Blank’, was set for release next month, the Congress leader told reporters: “He will draw a blank (in the election).” Singh dismissed the possibility of any threat to Jakhar from Deol and exuded confidence that the BJP candidate would be defeated.
Deol joined the BJP on Monday and was fielded from Gurdaspur. The actor is pitted against Jakhar, Aam Aadmi Party’s Peter Masih and Punjab Democratic Alliance’s Lal Chand.
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