Randeep Hooda discusses his new Netflix series CAT, his working relationship with Akshay Kumar following the Battle of Sargarhi, and his passion for the craft.
CAT, a powerful drama about revenge and relationships set against the backdrop of insurgency and the drug menace that has gripped Punjab for decades, marks Randeep Hooda’s web series debut. In this eight-episode hard-hitting drama directed by Balwinder Singh Janjua and starring Suvinder Vicky and Hasleen Kaur as part of a large ensemble cast, Randeep’s Gurnaam plays a double agent.
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Randeep plays Gurnaam Singh in the show, an innocent man who becomes a police informant after being drawn into a drug trafficking conspiracy involving gang lords, cops, and political powers. His character is also embroiled in a personal conflict because his younger brother is involved in the drug trade.
One. Day. To. Go! The story of Gurnam and his people awaits you. #CAT premieres tomorrow on @NetflixIndia in Punjabi and Hindi (dub)!#CAT #CATOnNetflix @BalwinderJanjua @Tunnelmovie @jelly_bean_ent @panchalic #JimmySingh #AnilRodhan #RupinderChahal @hasleenkaur @Danishsood12 pic.twitter.com/nUP0LlwPoX
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) December 8, 2022
Interestingly, Randeep had previously played a Sikh in the 2016 biographical drama Sarbjit, and then went on to conduct research for his now-canceled project ‘The Battle of Saragarhi.’ Randeep, who claims to be well-versed in Sikhism, stated that he is frequently offended by how Sikhs are portrayed in mainstream cinema and have attempted to change that with ‘CAT.’
‘CAT,’ directed by showrunner Balwinder Singh Janjua and co-directed by Rupinder Chahal and Anutej Singh, is produced by Movie Tunnel Productions in association with Jelly Bean Entertainment.
The show is considered Netflix’s first Punjabi original. That isn’t the only novel aspect of the series, which makes excellent use of Randeep’s talents.
Cat refers to infiltrators planted by the police in rebel groups during the state’s separatist insurgency decades ago. The story of one such retired Cat, Gurnaam Singh (Randeep Hooda), who has left that world behind, is told in this show. But now, in order to save his brother from a dangerous situation, he must return to that dark place and serve as a cop’s eyes and ears inside the criminal syndicate run by the city’s all-powerful neta Madam Aulakh.