If you hear singer Hard Kaur speak to you today, there is no way to imagine that exactly twenty years ago when Hard stepped out of the country to settle on foreign shores, she did not speak a word of English. But having lost her father to the '84 riots, Hard (Taran Kaur Dhillon)left behind the close comfort of living within a tight-knit Punjabi family and stepped forward to explore what living life abroad as an NRI meant. Currently, Hard is back in India and is making her own music and is all set to appear in her first Bollywood film.
Being cast in Patiala House for Hard was like revisiting those old memories. The film revolves around a large Punjabi family in England and talks about a young man’s difficulties in choosing what he wants to do in the face of his family’s opposition. Hard points out, "I play Akshay Kumar's sister in the film. And I am very proud that for my first film, I represent the community that I belong to. It has been emotional for me." She adds, "I connected to the script very well. Back when I was young, our parents used to scold and Dadi (grandmother) used to scold and say girls don't dance..."
Hard plays Komal in the film, a 'seedhi-saadhi Punjabi girl' as she herself describes and which is a far cry from her usual glamorous look. "I have a lambi choti in the film. I was kind of laughing at myself." Hard who admits she is most comfortable wearing jogging bottoms in real life also adds that her mother almost did not recognise her on the sets. "My mother didn't believe it was me. We were all laughing."
Besides acting, Hard has also lent her voice for the opening song of the film – Laung Da lashkara. With the peppy track being played quite frequently on the radio channels, naturally Hard is quite excited. "Everyone is loving the track! My song is a massive hit. The best thing about it is that it can be played on all occasions – your car or the club or even at the wedding. And I love Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music."
Right now Hard is busy participating in promotional activities around the film. And she is all set for the release of her own music album towards the end of February. Atta girl!