Kabir Bedi

Veteran actor Kabir Bedi will reportedly play a key role in a new Punjabi film, “Yaari Te Sardaari.” (Sujit Jaiswal/AFP/Getty Images)

Renowned Indian actor Kabir Bedi, who is currently busy filming the Sanjay Dutt and Mahi Gill starrer “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3,” has signed on to star in a new Punjabi film, his first film in seven years.

The actor, reports The Times of India, has been finalized to play an important character in the soon-to-begin intense drama, “Yaari Te Sardaari,” directed by Simranjit Singh. The project will kick off in Punjab in June this year.

Bedi was last seen in “Yaara O Dildaara” in 2011, which featured Harbhajan Mann in the lead role.

A source, tracking the development, also revealed to the daily publication that Bedi, who is a true-blue Punjabi himself, is open to doing Punjabi movies. “The reason behind such a long gap is that he waited for a hard-hitting and a good script.”

Apart from Bedi, other actors signed for the film include Ranjha Vikram Singh, also seen in Tiger Shroff’s “Heropanti” and Sippy Gill. Screenplay and dialogue work for the film is being done by Prince Kanwaljit Singh, adds the report.

Meanwhile, Bedi’s Bollywood-style Caribbean musical, “Bazodee,” has become available to buy or rent on iTunes. In the film, Anita Panchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep in debt businessman (Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with a local singer, Lee de Leon (Soca music star Machel Montano in his film debut) sets things askew. In search of a muse, de Leon agrees to perform at the engagement party for both families. Unable to deny their mutual attraction, and with the excitement of Carnival approaching, Anita must now choose between the answer to her family’s financial prayers and the possibility of real love.

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