Diljit Dosanjh Says What Happened In 1984 Was A Genocide & Not Riot

Diljit Dosanjh who is counted among one of the finest actors of the Punjabi Film Industry is also leaving his mark in Bollywood. His act and performance in Udta Punjab, Good Newwz, Soorma and more left critics and the audience spellbound. And now the Honsla Rakh actor is busy with promoting his upcoming Netflix movie Jogi. 

Jogi will be based on the 1984 Sikh Riots and genocide. In the film, Diljit will be seen in the lead and titular roles. Recently, the actor opened up about his feelings about the events of 1984 in a conversation with PTI. Diljit Dosanjh said that he feels what happened in 1984 should not be called riots, but a genocide. 

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Diljit said, “We should not call it riots, the right word is genocide. When there is a two-sided fight between people, then it is a riot. According to me, it should be called a genocide. It is not that it happened to one or a few people. I know it happened collectively, with all of us.”


“If I talk about some incidents, it will be personal. We are talking about it collectively in the film. I have been hearing about it since I was born and we are still living with it. We all have heard a lot of stories and we couldn’t believe something like this can happen in life. But anything can happen”, the actor also added. 

Diljit concluded his statement by saying, “This is not a new story. This film (Jogi) is also talking about the same things that we have grown up listening to. Whatever has happened is there for everyone to see. We have always given a message of positivity. Like in gurudwara, when you seek blessings and then when you are part of a ‘langar’, where everyone sits together to eat food, this is a message of positivity. We all should know about history. Cinema is a medium where we make light-hearted and fun-loving movies. But we should also do films on such subjects from history too.”

Recently, Ali Abbas Zafar expressed how grateful he is to have Diljit Dosanjh in his project. He stated, “It’s a film based on reality, on real events. The most important part of the film was that it had to be told with full authenticity so that it looks real. We are very fortunate we got Diljit. Having Diljit as a part of the film’s story makes it more justifiable. We shot the film in the Covid-19 pandemic during the first lockdown. It was difficult but we did it.”

Diljit Dosanjh on the other hand said, “There was no reason to say no to doing Jogi. This is our story. Everyone around the world should know about this incident. So I had no reason to say no to this film.”

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Jogi is produced by Ali Abbas Zafar and Himanshu Kishan Mehra, and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Apart from Diljit in the leading role, it also stars Kumud Mishra, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Hiten Tejwani and Amyra Dastur in pivotal roles. 

We are 100% convinced and eager to watch the film as soon as possible. Jogi will stream on Netflix on 16 September 2022. From Diljit Dosanjh’s performance, emotional and heart-wrenching story, events based on real life, and great cinematography and direction, we are all excited for Jogi for all the good reasons.

Watch the trailer of Jogi here; 

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