Punjabi film director Gurcharan Virk dies in Chandigarh
BATHINDA: Punjabi writer, director and producer Gurcharan Virk, 48, died of cardiac arrest in PGI, Chandigarh on Tuesday. Cremation will take place at his native village on Wednesday.
Gurcharan belonged to Araianwala Kalan village in Faridkot district. He was passionate about reading and listening to music from childhood.`Marhi Da Deeva’, co-directed by him, was one of his best films. It was based on Jnanpith award winner writer Gurdial Singh, who died on August 16.
Virk, who directed 250 Punjabi music videos, was credited with introducing many singers, like Dilshad Akhtar, Pragat Bhagu, Neelam Sharma, Mohamad Boota Khan and Sukhwinder. All of them have carved a niche for themselves in the music industry.
Associated with nearly 15 Punjabi films, three television serials and 13 telefilms, Virk started his direction career with late director Surinder Singh in the National Award winning film “Madi Da Diva.” Virk not only acted in it, but also directed it.
Remembering Virk, noted Punjabi actor Narinder Nina, who had known him for the past 15 years, said, “It is a huge loss for the industry as well as for his family and friends. The industry has lost a director who wanted to present the true culture of Punjab through his films.”