Parveen Dabas, who is in Chandigarh, eats to his liking: The Tribune India

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When Parvin Dabas comes to Punjab, the first thing he wants to do is eat butter chicken and tiki shake. That’s what he did this time as well. And that he got his favorite food with a short trip to Sokhna Lake in Paris that made his last trip even more special.

“There is just something about Punjab — apnapan aur zindagi khul ke jeene ka maza — that touches and makes life interesting,” opens Parvin, who has films like Monsoon Wedding, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara and Khosla Ka Ghosla to his credit.

Last seen in the movie, State of Siege: Temple Attack, Web Show, Hostages, the actor and director is happy to live his dream. “When I joined the industry about two decades ago, the idea was to take on some memorable roles. I am glad I continue to do so.”

While the craft remains somewhat the same whether one is acting in a movie or a show, OTT comes with its own set of advantages. “In cinemas, a lot sails into the opening weekend. The beauty of OTT is that since the show/movie stays, if it’s good, it finds its audience through word of mouth,” says the actor, who is filming an advertisement in City Beautiful.

Parveen wore the director’s hat with Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande in 2011. Any plans to get behind the camera again? “There is a project I am working on, in the action comedy genre. Hopefully we will soon be able to share the details. After spending two decades in the industry, it has seen a lot of change.” When I started my career, a movie like Monsoon Wedding was called a crossover movie. These days, the content is available globally. Now also, there is more like setting up a movie company which leads to more professionalism. “

Apart from the entertainment industry, Parvin is also working in the sports sector. “We started with sports websites back in 2016 and got a good response,” says the entrepreneur who supports the Pro Panja League. Arm wrestling has become professional with competitions all over the world. “Sports is in my blood. I played everything, from taekwondo and boxing and basketball to running and cycling, and I went ahead with arm wrestling because I knew there was a romantic connection.”

Professional competitions contain appropriate schedules for matches that are governed by international rules. They started in February 2020 and soon the pandemic played a spoiler role. However, things are getting ready and Parveen is looking forward to the big event later this month in Gwalior.

For the Pro Panja League, he collaborates with his wife Preeti Jhangiani, an actress who debuted in Bollwood with Mohabbatein in 2000. “We divided responsibilities. I take care of the creative side and because she is good with people, so she deals with people,” Parveen smiles.

Parveen’s stay in Chandigarh has become special due to the rain. Fond of monsoons? “Yes, sure. I grew up in Delhi, and whenever it rained, a mummy was used to make all kinds of pakodas—aloo, gobi, paneer, palak—which is so much fun,” he says. Not the same in Mumbai. “There, when it rains, one gets stuck in the house. After a very long time!”

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