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Singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh talks about his Netflix release, Jogi, why the 1984 riots should be called a genocide and his role as an artiste.

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‘1984 is in our collective subconscious’: Diljit Dosanjh

Singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh talks about his Netflix release, Jogi, why the 1984 riots should be called a genocide and his role as an artiste.











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A still from the film Jogi. After your National Award-winning movie, Punjab 1984 (2014), what made you revisit the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in your latest Netflix release, Jogi?

The story of Punjab 1984 is different from Jogi’s. Punjab 1984 is based in Punjab while the story of Jogi unfolds in Delhi, three months after that incident (Operation Blue Star). This story was not told earlier. It’s definitely the subject that made me say yes to the movie immediately after Ali sir (director and co-producer Ali Abbas Zafar) approached me. Iss mudde pe film banana aapne aap mein hi ek badi baat thi (Making a film on this subject is in itself a big deal). However, what you refer to as riots, is actually genocide. Riots take place when it’s a clash between two groups. In this case, a particular community was targeted.

Do you believe that we should look at violent episodes in Indian history like this with a fresh perspective? 

Most of you are more educated than me and have researched this incident. So, I can’t suggest anything. But it is crucial for me to talk about the genocide of 1984. Whenever I get an opportunity to express something relevant through my songs and films, I do that. It is up to others, how they wish to look at these incidents.

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