Ranjha Vikram Singh is an actor and producer. We saw him playing Rajjo Fauji in Heropanti. In 2015, he turned producer with his banner Running Horses Production under which Punjabi film 25 Kille was produced. Vikram also played a lead role in the film.
In 2021, he produced and starred in the film ‘Fauji Calling’. It also starred Sharman Joshi in lead.
Here’s an excerpt of our interview with Ranjha Vikram Singh.
Your latest film ‘Fauji Calling’ was well-received by the audience and critics. How do you feel? And how close is this film to your heart?
I am very patriotic and I am proud of our Indian Army. When director Aaryan Saxena came to me with the script, he told me that I have to play a soldier. I said, “Even if I have to play an Indian soldier for 2 minutes, I will do it.” Being a soldier is a matter of pride. And every actor doesn’t get a chance to play a soldier in his career, especially of a martyr. So, this film is very close to my heart.
And then I expressed my desire to produce the film as well because I wanted to associate with it in every possible way because it is based on a soldier and his family.
Our first schedule was in Kashmir. We shot infiltration scenes at -25 degrees.
You portrayed a very different aspect in the film. Most military films focus on soldiers but in Fauji Calling, you showed the life and sacrifices of soldier’s families who are the silent heroes of our nation. Watching the film was an emotional experience for the audience. How emotional was it for you?
It was very emotional. When I met the soldiers posted in Kashmir, I asked how often do they visit their homes. They said, “Once in a year’. They miss their families a lot. They carry a photo of their family members in their purses. And due to technological advancements, they get a chance to talk to them via video calls now. So, it was a very emotional moment for me. I think that we are very fortunate to stay comfortably with our families while our soldiers stay awake day and night to protect the nation and its people. I had tears in my eyes when I talked to the soldiers about their families. And we took notes and eventually portrayed it in our film as well.
How can a common man contribute towards a soldier or his family?
We can help the families of martyrs by supporting their children’s education or marriage or other expenses. I think it is our responsibility to take care of the families of the martyrs.
What is your next project?
My next film is Ziddi Jatt. It is a bilingual film (Hindi and Punjabi) and it is based on two communities- Jatt and Jaat. It will have a mix of Hindi and Punjabi actors.
When will the film release?
It will come out next year. We are yet to shoot for it.
Have you signed any other projects as of now?
Yes, there is a big project for Netflix. I may announce it in 15-20 days.
You got married last year. How is your married life going on?
It is going very nice. God has been kind.
What do you think are the important elements to make a marriage work?
Space is very important. Space with trust. Also, you should never cheat. Girls leave their homes and whole life behind to be with you. So, you should never cheat them. They don’t deserve betrayal.
The Hindi film industry recently lost two big stars- Dilip Kumar and Surekha Sikri. What do you have to say about this huge loss to the industry?
I posted a tweet after Dilip Kumar’s demise. I never got a chance to meet him. But there’s no film of Dilip saab that I haven’t watched. He was a fabulous actor and human being as I have heard from people of the industry. So, obviously, it is a big loss. But the only relief is that he died peacefully. May his soul rest in peace.
Even Sukrekha Ji was one of my favorite artists. I couldn’t work with her. But what an actor she was! I can just say that they should be happy souls.
You work as an actor and producer. How do you choose your scripts?
I like commercial scripts. Fauji Calling was not a commercial script but we made it a little commercial. I did it because it was related to the Indian Army. I made a Punjabi film called 25 Kille. It is a full commercial film. Even Ziddi Jatt will be commercial. I like Rohit Shetty kind of movies.