Grewal speaks on the behalf of fellow Punjabis and cinephiles who “crave” for Hollywood action and drama but are unable to follow the dialogues. When he got a chance to dub in Punjabi for the new Hollywood film, A Good Day to Die , better known as Die Hard 5, Grewal jumped at the opportunity. “The first time Fox Star Studios called me to dub a Hollywood film in Punjabi, I didn’t take it seriously. I was swamped with work and I find dubbing the most difficult and tedious part of the filmmaking process,” he says. Till then, Grewal had no idea they were calling for one of his favourite film series, Die Hard. “We have all grown up on a Die Hard diet, on Bruce Willis’s daredevilry in it. So, I grabbed the project,” says Grewal, who was present at the red carpet premiere of Die Hard 5 at DT Cinemas on this Thursday.
Claiming this to be one of the first large-scale, hardcore Hollywood movies to be dubbed in Punjabi, Grewal says he took the film on one condition — they would not make it sound funny because Punjabi as a language can have that effect in translation. “I was assured that it will be a serious script,” informs the actor.
Grewal went in thinking he’d get to dub Willis’s part, but was instead handed over another role, that played by Jai Courtney. Although the Die Hard franchise revolves around Willis, in Die Hard 5, Courtney plays one of the main characters as Willis’s onscreen estranged son and crime fighter. “He has more sequences and scenes. They did audition me for Willis’s voice too, but there is an age difference and mine suited Courtney’s character more,” says Grewal.
The actor feels that this could well be Willis’s last Die Hard film, and that Courtney might take over in Die Hard 6. “I am glad since it’s being released in Punjabi, more people in the region will enjoy watching it,” says Grewal, who is hoping his fans would line-up too. He jokes how dubbing for Singh vs Kaur, his latest Punjabi film, took eight days while the dubbing of Die Hard 5 was a two-day affair. “They speak so less,” he says with a laugh. The film has also been released in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu elsewhere in India.