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She is a strict Canadian police officer while he's a happy-go-lucky hawaldar with the Punjab Police. Whether she is still the hyperactive buzzing doomna (a beehive) and he the adorable dangar (donkey) of part one is yet to be established, but Neeru Bajwa and Diljit Dosanjh are excited to come alive once again on the silver screen. The duo will be seen as Pooja and Fateh respectively on June 28 in what is being touted as Punjabi film industry's first sequel — Jatt & Juliet 2.

"Making the first part was such a struggle. We had our fingers crossed and never expected Jatt & Juliet to be such a roaring success," says Bajwa. A record-breaking film of 2012, it's been picked by Bollywood for a Hindi version, and somewhere along the line, director Anurag Singh and writer Dheeraj Rattan decided to take the story forward from there. "The script came first, more characters have been added, too, including comedian Bharti Singh. When it came to the title, Dheeraj decided to retain it as Jatt & Juliet 2," adds Dosanjh.

It made sense, for the sequel plays around with the same characters and setting: Pooja and Fateh and their adventures in Canada and Punjab. "Our aim was to enjoy and not be under any pressure of part one being a stupendous success or giving in to a success formula," says Dosanjh, digging into his pasta at Buzz Lounge Bar in Sector 17.

This time, Fateh, desperately seeking promotion, ends up accepting an assignment in Canada, hoping to complete it quickly. "But all his plans go for a toss when he is paired up with an honest and disciplined officer from Vancouver Police Department — Miss Singh — played by Neeru," says Dosanjh. It's love in uniform, and a battle of the sexes. Even in the first part, the success of Jatt & Juliet was primarily because of this clash.

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