A Punjabi, Mahie Gill may have visited highway 'dhabas' dozens of times in her lifetime. After all you can't be a Punjabi and still be away from the lip smacking dishes offered by these 'dhabas' across the country, especially in Punjab. However, for this 'Paro', it was going to be a different experience altogether when she stepped into a 'dhaba' post the release of her two films DEV D and GULAAL.
In her recent visit to her hometown in Punjab, she was in for a surprise when during a Ludhiana to Chandigarh road trip of hers; she made a stopover at a 'dhaba'. While she believed that she could seat herself comfortably along with her family on a 'charpai' and order her favorite dishes, she was suddenly interrupted by a bunch of youngsters.
''It must have been just a couple of minutes that I was there when these young boys started whispering around me. I could sense the attention I was getting but soon one of them came to me and confirmed if I was indeed the 'paro' they had seen in DEV D. The moment I said yes, you should have seen the joy on his face. He immediately shouted my name and called his other friends as well'', recollects Mahie who was of course pleased with the recognition she is getting.
''I have worked in Punjabi films earlier but post my Hindi films; there has been an added recognition. Even in Chandigarh, strangers have come and told me that they have seen my film 2-3 times. Moreover on that particular afternoon at the 'dhabha', a small crowd suddenly collected from adjoining 'dhabhas' once these youngsters identified me. Frankly, food did taste far spicier and better that day'', winks Mahie.