Diljit is enjoying current stint as mentor on music show that leaves him with minimal power in deciding a contestant's fate
Given the adulation he enjoys as a singer in Punjab, Diljit Dosanjh's appointment as judge on a Hindi music reality show last year met with cinephiles' approval. The 33-year-old had already impressed the audience and critics with his turn as a cop in Abhishek Chaubey's Udta Punjab (2016). Yet, familiarising himself with the tag of a judge has been tough. "I am merely an expert, not a judge. When the team of the show [The Rising Star] approached and narrated the concept to me, I felt safe and happy," says the singer-actor, alluding to the show's judging system, which allows the junta to decide the fate of contestants through live voting system. "The experts only have seven per cent power [in deciding the results]."
Diljit insists his decision to give the nod to a judging platform would have changed if he were given more authority. "I give honest opinion, but I can't break anybody's heart," he says. A live voting system meant the judges did not have to invest the entire day in filming for the episode. This, Diljit says, was another advantage. "I liked the format since we don't have to sit the entire day. We try to wrap the show up in two hours."
Diljit insists his turbaned image will not be a hindrance in grabbing apt roles anywhere. "I will retain my turban for any role," he signs off.
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