Cinema of Punjab

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Punjabi cinema (Punjabi: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸਿਨੇਮਾ) is the Punjabi language film industry in the states of Punjab in India and Pakistan. While 20th-Century Punjabi cinema had great influence of Pakistani based Punjabi cinema, in the 21st Century Punjabi cinema, due to its boom, has become synonymous with Indian Punjab.

The first Punjabi film was made in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and was released in Lahore, provincial capital of the Pakistani Punjab. The Lahore film industry is known as Lollywood, a portmanteau of the words Lahore and Hollywood.

As of 2009, the Punjabi film industry has produced between 900 and 1,000 films.[citation needed] The average number of releases per year in the 1970s was nine; in the 1980s, eight; and in the 1990s, six. In 1995, the number of films released was 11; it plummeted to seven in 1996 and touched a low of five in 1997. Since the 2000s Punjabi cinema has seen a revival with more releases every year with bigger budgets, homegrown stars, and Bollywood actors of Punjabi descent taking part.

First film[edit]

K.D. Mehra made the first Punjabi "talkie" film, Sheila, also known as Pind Di Kudi, in 1936.[1] Young Noor Jehan was introduced as an actress and singer in this film. Sheila was made in the city of Calcutta (now Kolkata) and released in Lahore. It ran very successfully and was a hit across the province.[citation needed] Due to the success of this film more producers started making Punjabi films.[2] K.D. Mehra made his second film, Heer Sial (1938), with the assistance of M.M. Billoo Mehra. This film had Noor Jehan and new artists Balo and M. Ismail. The film was commercially successful.[3]

Due to the vast Punjabi community in Lahore and Punjab, the area soon became a significant Punjabi-language film market. Studios opened up and many artists, producers, directors, and technicians from Bombay and Calcutta shifted to Lahore. Prominent names were Shanta Apte, Motilal, Chandra Mohan, Hiralal, Noor Jehan, Mumtaz Shanti, Wali, Syed Attahullah Shah Hashmi, Krishna Kumar, and Shanker Hussain. Baldev Raj Chopra, later known as a director, got started in the movie industry in Lahore, where he ran a film magazine called the Cine Herald. Ramanand Sagar, also later a director, was associated with the Evening News. Syed Attahullah Shah Hashmi worked for the film newspaper Adakar.

Punjabi partition[edit]

In 1947, India was divided into two parts, India and Pakistan. The Punjab region was split between the two nations. West Punjab became part of Pakistan and East Punjab became part of India. This affected Punjabi cinema because most Muslim artists and directors moved to Pakistan, and worked in Lollywood, while Sikhs and Hindus moved to Bombay.

1950s[edit]

Attempts were made to keep Indian Punjabi cinema alive in this period. Filmmakers made films like Posti, Do Lachhian and Bhangra with some success but were not able to revive Punjabi cinema. Songs from the films would run for months and years on the radio resulting in a long-term audience for the films.[citation needed]

Post-partition, the trend of comedies continued. One of the hit comedies was Mulkh Raj Bhakhri's Bhangra (1958), starring Sundar and Nishi. It was remade by director Mohan Bhakhri as Jatti in 1980 with Mehar Mittal and Aparna Chowdhry, and it was again a commercial success. The music from the film was by Hansraj Behl with lyrics by Verma Malik. Songs sung by Shamshad and Rafi like "Batti balkay banere utte rakhdi han, rah bhul na jave chann mera" and "Chitte dand hasnon nayion rehnde" were widespread hits. Johnny Walker (1957) was a hit.

1960s[edit]

The big-budget romantic Punjabi film by director Padam Prakash Maheshwary, Satluj de Kande, was released in 1964. This film starred Balraj Sahni, Nishi, Wasti, and Mirza Musharraf, with music by Hansraj Behl. This was the only Punjabi film starring Balraj Sahni. It was a major hit and earned a National Film Award. Satluj de Kande was broadcast three times on the public TV channel Doordarshan in India.

In 1969 the religious film Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai starring Prithviraj Kapoor, I. S. Johar, Vimmi, Som Dutt, Nishi, Suresh, and David Abraham was released. The film was the first really major successful Punjabi film in post-independent India, with a major cultural impact on Punjabi Sikhs at home and abroad, and is credited with the revival of the Punjabi film industry in India. People stood in kilometre-long lines to buy a ticket for the film.

1970s[edit]

After the success of Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai, films were released in huge numbers. Hindi actors of Punjabi descent became interested in Punjabi films. Kankan De Ohle (Dharmendra, Asha Parekh and Ravindra Kapoor) and Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar (Dara Singh, Balraj Sahni, Ram Mohan and Asha Sachdev) were released in 1970. 1971 saw no major releases. In 1972, Dara Singh starred with Prithviraj Kapoor in Mele Mitran De. Man Jeete Jag Jeet, a religious film starring Sunil Dutt, Radha Saluja and Ranjeet, was a major release of 1973. In 1974, Do Sher (Dharmendra and Rajendra Kumar), Bhagat Dhanna Jatt (Dara Singh and Feroz Khan), Sacha Mera Roop Hai (Manmohan Krishan) and Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam (Shaminder Singh and Radha Saluja) were released. The most successful was Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam, due to the wide appeal of its religious historical setting and appearances by Bollywood actors including Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Dharmendra, Johnny Walker, and Dara Singh.[citation needed]

Teri Meri Ik Jindri (1975) starred Dharmendra and introduced his cousin Veerendra. Many films were released in 1976: Daaj, Giddha, Main Papi Tum Bakhshanhaar, Papi Tarey Anek, Santo Banto, Sardar-E-Azam, Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun, Taakra, and Yamla Jatt. Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun was the biggest hit and starred Dara Singh in the main lead; Rajesh Khanna made a special appearance as the Qawal. The film ran into conflict with the Sikh political parties as the film had Fauj-i-Khas soldiers wearing fake beards. The year 1977 was not a major one for the Punjabi film industry. Jai Mata Di, Saal Solvan Chadya, Sat Sri Akal, and Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha were released, amongst others. Saal Solvan Chadya was a highlight because of the cameo appearance by Rekha. Sat Sri Akal was another hit film. It starred Sunil Dutt, Shatrughan Sinha, and Premnath. In 1978 Udeekan, Dhyani Bhagat, Jai Mata Sheranwali, and Jindri Yar Di were released. The drama Udeekan was a hit. Walayati Babu, the first ever remake in Punjabi cinema, was released in 1978. The film was remade from the Punjabi film of the same name by Johnny Walker; it featured a special appearance by Amitabh Bachchan and Mehar Mittal played the main lead. 1979 was a big year: Guru Manio Granth, Jatt Punjabi, Kunwara Mama, Sukhi Pariwar, and Til Til Dalekha were released. The religious film Guru Manio Granth was an instant hit. Jatt Punjabi had a big cast and a special appearance by Manoj Kumar. Til Til Da Lekha starred Rajesh Khanna as the main lead hero and Mehar Mittal played the comedian's role; the film became a golden jubilee hit at the box office. Til Til Dalekha was the second Punjabi movie of Rajesh Khanna and his first film as the lead hero in Punjabi films. It won the Punjab State Government award for best story writer and second best feature film of 1979. The first Punjabi mystery film, Vangaar (The Challenge), was released but it failed to become a hit.

1980s[edit]

Chann Pardesi, the first Punjabi film to win the national award, was released in 1980, and was the biggest hit of that year. It starred Raj Babbar, Rama Vij, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Fauji Chacha had veteran Bollywood actor Sanjeev Kumar in the lead. A remake of Mulkh Raj Bhakhri's 1958 film Bhangra came out in 1980 from director Mohan Bhakhri. The film was titled Jatti, and starred Sundar, Nishi, Mehar Mittal, and Aparna Chowdhry. As with the original, the remake was a tremendous success.[4]

1981 had only one hit: Balbiro Bhabhi. This film had Veerendra in the lead role. Two major releases of 1985 were Ucha Dar Babe Nanak Da and Sarpanch. The former was a religious film that established Gurdas Mann as a star. Sarpanch starred Veerendra. In 1983, many movies were released, with Putt Jattan De being the biggest commercially. Veerendra had another hit in 1984 with the film Yaari Jatt Di. This was the first Punjabi film to have more than half its footage shot in the United Kingdom. Mamla Garbar Hai was a hit for actor Gurdas Mann. The film's songs were especially loved.

Two hit films of 1985 were Mohammad Sadiq's Guddo and Veerendra's Vairi. Long Da Lishkara was the big hit of 1986, starring Raj Babbar, Gurdas Mann, Om Puri, and Nina Deol. In 1987 Veerendra starred in Patola and Jor Jatt Da. Punjab was shaken with the assassination of Veerendra by gunshot during the filming of Jatt Tey Zameen. The death opened the door for supporting actors including Guggu Gill and Yograj Singh to take leading roles.

1988 had no major film releases. In 1989 came the critically acclaimed Marhi Da Diva. The film starred Raj Babbar, Pankaj Kapur, Kanwaljit Singh, Parikshit Sahni, and Deepti Naval.

1990s[edit]

In 1990 Qurbani Jatt Di was released, starring Guggu Gill, Yograj Singh, Gurdas Mann, Dharmendra, Raj Babbar and Priti Sapru. The film was directed by Preeti Sapru herself, and did well at the box office. A second important release was Dushmani Di Agg, the last film of Veerendra. It also starred Gurdas Mann and Priti Sapru, and was successful at the box office. In 1991 the major film Anakh Jattan Di starred Daljeet Kaur and Guggu Gill. It was the first movie where the audience really accepted ex-villain Guggu Gill as a hero. The film was followed by films like Jor Jatt Da, which managed to recover its cost. Badla Jatti Da was the major success of the year. It starred Guggu Gill, Yograj Singh in a villain role, and Aman Noorie. Udeekan Saun Diyan garnered critical acclaim, but was not a commercial success. Sounh Menoo Punjab Di, starring Satish Kaul, Rama Vij, Mehar Mittal, and Pal Randhawa was also one the of releases of 1991. The film was directed by Sukhdev Ahluwalia, one of the most successful directors of Punjwood, and had music by Surinder Kohli.

Vaisakhi, starring Deep Dhillon and Sunita Dheer, was released in 1991 to critical acclaim, but did not succeed commercially. Jatt Jeona Morh was a major hit that year, and made Guggu Gill a superstar. Also released was Yograj Singh's Jagga Daku, which did moderately well. Dil Da Mamla, starring Guggu Gill and Amar Noori, did poorly at the box office.

1993 had films like Jatt Sucha Singh Soorma (with Yograj Singh and Neena Sidhu), Mirza Sahiban (starring Guggu Gill), Lalkara Jatt Da, and Saali Adhi Gharwali. These films managed to do adequately at the box office, but were not major successes. Preeti Sapru's Mehndi Shagnan Di, starring Malkit Singh, Hansraj Hans, Preeti Sapru, and Yograj Singh, lost money. Kudi Canada Di starring Yograj Singh also did poorly.

Kachehri (1994) starred Gurdas Mann, Yograj Singh, and others. The film was praised by critics, was a commercial success, and won a national award. A second release was Tabahi, starring newcomer Vishal Singh; it was the blockbuster hit of the year. Guggu Gill's Vairi did quite well at the box office, but Jigra Jatt Da, with Yograj Singh as the villain, did poorly at the box office.

Kimi Verma starred in Naseebo and Qahar in 1995 to critical acclaim, but not commercial success. Naseebo managed to recover its costs. Pratigya, starring Guggu Gill, Gurdas Maan, Preeti Sapru, and Dara Singh, did well at the box office. Zaildaar (Yograj Singh), Nain Preeto De (Yograj Singh), and Sir Dhad Di Baazi did well. Gurdas Mann's Baghawat did not. Jakhmi Jagirdar and Mera Punjab amongst others also did poorly that year.

Punjabi cinema began to decline in 1996. Only the film Sukha (starring Vishal Singh) did well at the box office. Deson Pardeson, Dhee Jatt Di (Upasana Singh, Gurkirtan, and Shivinder Mahal), Vichoda (Yograj Singh), Gawahi Jatt Di, and Jorawar all did poorly at the box office. Dara Singh's Vindoo and Farha's Rabb Diyan Rakhan also fared poorly.

Films of 1997 (Mela, Truck Driver, Sardari, Preetan De Pehredaar, and Pachtaawa) all failed to make a profit. Even Guggu Gill's films were not successful. Train to Pakistan was filmed in a mixture of Hindi and Punjabi, and was later dubbed into Punjabi for film festivals.

In 1998, Purja Purja Kat Mare with Guggu Gill, Laali with Dara Singh, Ravinder Maan, and Vishal, and Dildaara with Kalbhooshan Kharbanda and Tanuja did not make money. Even big budget films like Guru Gobind Singh did poorly. The critically acclaimed film Main Maa Punjab Dee (directed by Balwant Dullat) won a National Award. The film Main Maa Punjab dee has been shown repeatedly on national television. The year ended on a positive note as Jaspal Bhatti's Mahaul Theek Hai became an instant hit of Punjabi cinema. It was the first big hit since Jatt Jeona Morh (1991) and Badla Jatti Da (1992).

Punjabi films were more successful in 1999. Shaheed e Mohabbat with Mahaul Theek Hai, Gurdas Maan, and Divya Dutta was a critical and commercial success. Muqqadar, Tera Mera Pyar, Nadiyon Vichde Neer, Door Nahin Nankana, and Ishq Nachave Gali Gali (Randeep Virender, Manjeet Kullar, Deepak Saraf, Neeru Singh, and Surinder Sharma) all did poorly at the box office. Rajniti, which was also made in Hindi, failed to make money. Raj Babbar's Shaheed Udham Singh did well towards the end of the year. There were only two major hits that year, Shaheed e Mohabbat and Shaheed Udham Singh.

2000s[edit]

In 2000 there was just a single release: Dard Pardesan De, starring Avinash Wadhawan, Upasana Singh, Paramveer, and Deepshikha, which fared poorly in Punjab, but did very well overseas. Sikandra and Jagira were released in 2001. Avinash Wadhawan and Ayesha Jhulka starred in Khalsa Mero Roop Hai Khaas, which was released to the overseas market but not in Punjab.

In 2002 Jee Ayan Nu was released, featuring singer-turned-actor Harbhajan Mann and directed by Manmohan Singh. The movie was made on a big budget for Punjwood - 9 million, as compared to the more typical 20-25 million. It was very successful. This was a turning point in the revival of Punjabi cinema.

Badla came out in 2003. Asa Nu Maan Watna Da was released in 2004, again with actor Harbhajan Mann and director Manmohan Singh.

Jija Ji, Des Hoyaa Pardes, Main Tu Assi Tussi, Yaaran Naal Baharan, and Nalaik were released in 2005. Dil Apna Punjabi (again pairing Harbhajan and director Manmohan), Ek Jind Ek Jaan, Mannat (directed and written by Gurbir Singh Grewal, having Jimmy Sheirgill and introducing Kulraj Randhawa), and Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris came out in 2006. Kambdi Kalai, a Punjabi diaspora movie based out of the United States, came out in 2006. Rustam-e-Hind and Mitti Wajan Mardi (with Harbhajan and Manmohan) were released in 2007.

A significant number of movies were produced in 2008: Hashar: A Love Story, Yaariyan, Mera Pind, Lakh pardesi hoye, Heaven on earth, and Sat sri akal. In 2009, Jag Jeodeye Deh Mele became a hit, and Tera Mera Ki Ristha with Jimmy Shergill was a hit. But the biggest earner of all the Punjabi films was Manmohan Singh's Munde Uk De with Jimmy Shergill and Gurpreet Ghugghi.

Munde Uk De broke the record of Dil Apna Punjabi which was also directed by Manmohan Singh and became the biggest earner of all the Punjabi movies.

Mehndi Wale Hath (2006), written and directed by Harinder Gill and with the new-star cast of Goldie Somal, Gavie Chahal, and Prableen, was a hit film in east Punjab territory.

2010s[edit]

In 2010, 16 movies were released. Mel Karade Rabba starring Jimmy Shergill later broke all records and grossed 110 million net, becoming the highest-grossing Punjabi film ever. Jawani Zindabad, written and directed by Harinder Gill and starring the famous Punjabi singer Raj Barar, Pooja Kanwal, Guggu Gill, and Gurkirtan, was released in March 2010. It became a big hit in Canada. Channa Sachi Muchi, written and directed by Harinder Gill and starring Miss Puja and Goldie Somal, was released in August 2010. Also released in 2010 was Sukhmani (Hope for Life), starring Gurdas Maan, Juhi Chawla & Divya Dutta.

In 2011, film Ek Noor starring Harshdeep Kaur and Yami Gautam was released. Chhevan Dariya (The Sixth River), directed by Ish Amitoj Kaur, was released in September 2011. Kaur was the first Punjabi woman to have directed, produced, and written a Punjabi film. The film starred Gulshan Grover, Neena Gupta, Manpreet Singh, Lakhwinder Wadali, Christa Cannon and Rana Ranbir.

At the end of the year Chak Jawana was released, directed by Simerjit Singh and starring Gurdas Maan.

In February 2011, the PTC Punjabi channel organised the first ever PTC Punjabi Film Awards at Panchkula. It was a tremendous boost to the industry and was attended by the likes of Om Puri, Prem Chopra, Gurdas Maan, Guddu Dhanoa, Preeti Sapru, Raza Muraad, Satish Kaul, Manmohan Singh, Amrinder Gill, Gippy Grewal, Jasbir Jassi, Puneet Issar, Rakesh Bedi, Rama Vij, Sudhanshu Pandey, and Akriti Kakkar.

2011 looks to be the year when the industry moves away from the "typical NRI-centered" storylines and towards more meaningful and creative storylines with movies like The Lion of Punjab starring Diljit Dosanjh and Dharti starring Rannvijay Singh.

Jihne Mera Dil Luteya is a 2011 Punjabi film directed by Mandeep Kumar with story and screenplay by Dheeraj Rattan, produced by Batra Showbiz Pvt. Ltd. and starring Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh, Neeru Bajwa, and Jaswinder Bhalla. It grossed 125 million. These films raise the bar of Punjabi films and took Punjabi cinema to next level. In September 2011, Yaara o Dildaara was released, directed by Ksshitij Chaudhary and starring Harbhajan Mann, Tulip Joshi, Kabir Bedi, and Gurpreet Ghuggi.

2012 was the Golden year of Punjabi cinema and industry reached many milestones in this year by having all India impact. There was release of Hollywood-style film Mirza – The Untold Story in April starring Yo Yo Honey Singh. In June 2012 film Jatt & Juliet was greatest blockbuster and till now holds the title of best ever film of Punjabi cinema. This film established Diljit Dosanjh & Neeru Bajwa as superstars of Punjabi film industry. Himesh Reshammiya has purchased the remake rights of the movie for Rs. 3.5 crores. In July 2012 out and out comedy film Carry On Jatta was also blockbuster only after Jatt & Juliet commercially. In October 2012, Saadi Wakhri Hai Shaan, directed by Gurbir Grewal, was released. The film featured eight songs, which were composed by debut music director Dilpreet Bhatia. The film's music was a contemporary fusion of western classical and Punjabi folk music.

This year many new Production houses started the production of too many comedy movies. Binnu Dhillon, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Jaswinder Bhalla, Rana Ranbir, Karamjit Anmol & B.N. Sharma established themselves as greatest comedians of Punjabi industry.

In August 2012, the first ever Punjabi International Film Academy Awards were organised in Toronto, Canada. This was a tremendous success, attended by a host of Punjabi stars. With renewed interest from the public, Punjabi cinema has seen a revival with more releases every year featuring bigger budgets, homegrown stars, and Bollywood actors of Punjabi descent taking part.

2013 year carried the Golden phase of Punjabi movies to next level. Superstars Diljit Dosanjh, Neeru Bajwa, Gippy Grewal & Surveen Chawla stole the hearts of audiences by their successful films this year. Jatt & Juliet 2 broke the records of its prequel Jatt & Juliet. Jatt & Juliet 2 was also released in Punjab, Pakistan and was greatly liked by Pakistani audience. Sadda Haq (film) a true story based in the late 1980s and early 1990s during a period of extreme turmoil in Punjab was second blockbuster of the year 2013 only after Jatt & Juliet 2. Bhaji in Problem was another Blockbuster of the year produced by Akshay Kumar and also having his extended appearance along with cricketer Harbhajan Singh. Other Hit Films were Jimmy Shergill's Saadi Love Story starring Diljit Dosanjh, Fer Mamla Gadbad Gadbad starring Japji Khaira, Jatts In Golmaal starring Arya Babbar and Samiksha, Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22 starring Yo Yo Honey Singh & Superstar Gippy Grewal's Lucky Di Unlucky Story and action flick Singh vs Kaur.

Hollywood Blockbuster A Good Day to Die Hard dubbed in Punjabi with superstar Gippy Grewal's voice was released in Punjab.

Many singers and Bollywood actors debuted in Punjabi industry like Simran Kaur Mundi, Jazzy B in Best of Luck (2013 film) , Neha Dhupia in Jimmy Shergill's Rangeelay, Yuvika Chaudhary in Daddy Cool Munde Fool, Gul Panag in Sikander ,Bhanu Sri Mehra in Fer Mamla Gadbad Gadbad,Preeti Jhangiani in Bikkar Bai Sentimental, Aarti Chhabria in Vyah 70 km, Minissha Lamba in Heer and Hero, Sippy Gill in Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De (2013 film), Vinaypal Buttar (also with Anjana Sukhani in Young Malang) & Sharry Mann (Oye Hoye Pyar Ho Gaya) in Ishq Garaari, Raghu Ram of Roadies in Love Yoou Soniye, singer Alfaaz in Jatt Airways

Many Meaningful Films Based On Social issues and Reality of Punjab were also successful like National Award winner Nabar, Stupid 7 based on student life in Punjab ,thriller based on Student Politics Sikander, Sadda Haq (film),film based on corruption and social issues Bikkar Bai Sentimental, Dastaar, Punjab Bolda, Haani ,Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya.

This year also saw the production of the first Punjabi IMAX 3D feature film, Pehchaan 3D, produced and directed by Manny Parmar.

2012[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Release Date Producer Music Director
Pure Punjabi Munish Sharma Karan Kundra, Manjot Singh, Nav Bajwa, Zorawar Singh, Sangram Singh, Dhriti Saharan Musical/Drama 13 January 2012 Batra Showbiz, Kapil Batra Production & Sandal Production
Pata Nahi Rabb Kehdeyan Rangan Ch Raazi Ravinder Peepat Neeru Bajwa, Tarun Khanna, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Amar Noorie, Rana Ranbir Drama 17 February 2012 Jasmeet Singh Judge Production
Saadi Wakhri Hai Shaan Gurbir Grewal Mandy Takhar, Sangram Singh, Rana Ranbir Family 12 October 2012 Vibgyor Creations Dilpreet Bhatia
Rehmataan Rajveer Singh Maan Deep Dhillon, Jaismeen Jassi, Guggu Gill, Sukhbir Razia, Surinder Shinda, Gurvinder Brar, Sukhjinder Shera, Raj Virk, Prakash Gaddu Drama 16 March 2012 BAM Arts
Mirza - The Untold Story Baljit Singh Deo Gippy Grewal, Mandy Takhar, Rahul Dev, Binnu Dhillon, Honey Singh Action/Drama 6 April 2012 Inda Raikoti, Aman Khatkar Jeetu Shah
Taur Mittran Di Navaniat Singh Amrinder Gill, Rannvijay Singh, Surveen Chawla, Mukesh Rishi, Amita Pathak, Romance/Action 11 May 2012 Eros International, Jimmy Sheirgill Production
Aappan Pher Milange Ravinder Ravi Gracy Singh, Vishal Karwal, Kanwaljit Singh, Amar Noorie, Girija Shankar, Jaswinder Bhalla, Smita Jaykar, Parmod Pubbi, Jas Prem Dhillon Romance/Drama 25 May 2012 Paramjit Singh, Parmod Pubbi
Rahe Chardi Kala Punjab Di Supinder Saini Daksh Ajit Singh, Jimmy Sharma, Prabhleen Sandhu, Sapna, Shakti Kapoor, Sharat Saxena, Sunita Dhir 25 May 2012 Bohra Bros Production & H.K. Movies
Kabaddi Once Again Sukhminder Dhanjal Varinder Ghuman, Sudeepa Singh, Jaswinder Bhalla, Nachhatar Gill Sports/Drama 8 June 2012 Kapil Batra Production
Desi Romeos Ishafaq khan Babbu Mann, Harjeet Harman, Bhupinder Gill, Shilpa Dhar Action-comedy 15 June 2012 Maan Films
Jatt and Juliet Anurag Singh Diljit Dosanjh, Neeru Bajwa 29 June 2012 Grewalz Cine corp., Gunbir Singh Sidhu & Speed Records Jeetu Shah
Sirphire Harjit Ricky Preet Harpal, Monica Bedi, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Gurleen Chopra, Roshan Prince, Karamjeet Anmol August 2012 Angad Singh & Speed Records
Yaraan Naal Baharaan 2 Samit Brar Rajwinder Sumal, Rishita Monga, Vikramjeet Virk, Yograj Singh, Balwinder Kaur, Jitendra Rose Kaur, Aman Sutdhar, Prince Kawaljeet Singh, Parminder Gill entertainer, with action, romance, comedy 13 July 2012 Dreamers Production
Pinky Moge Wali Vikram Dhillon Gavie Chahal, Neeru Bajwa, Geeta Zaildar, K S Makhan, B.N. Sharma, Rana Jung Bahadur, Harpal Singh, Shavinder Mahal Comedy 20 July 2012 Batra Showbiz, Kapil Batra Production
Yaar Pardesi Gurbir Singh Grewal Claudia Ciesla, Vandana Singh, Dhanvir Harika, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Navdeep Kaler, Binnu Dhillon, B. N. Sharma Romance comedy 20 July 2012 AVI Films Enterprises
Carry On Jatta Sameep Kang Gippy Grewal, Mahi Gill, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Binnu Dhillon, Jaswinder Bhalla, B.N.Sharma and Karamjit Anmol Comedy 27 July 2012 Gurfateh Films & Sippy Grewal Production Jeetu Shah
Yamle Jatt Yamle Savvy Dadwal Jonita Doda, Savvy Dadwal, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Rana Ranbir, Gugu Gill, Bharti Singh Comedy 27 July 2012 Sav Pal Production & Cinevalley Production
Raula Pai Gaya Atharv Baluja Ravinder Grewal, Surbhi Jyoti, Binu Dhillon, BN Sharma, Jaswinder Bhalla and Maninder Vaily Comedy 31 August 2012 Ravinder Grewal Productions
Mitro - Mitro Gurdev Rehman Gurdas Maan, Jimmy Shergill, Deep Dhillon, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Mangi Mahal, Honey Singh, Neeru Bajwa Alternative 17 September 2012 Anup Kumar
Desi Munde Mandeep Benipal Bunty Grewal, Balkar Sidhu, Gurleen Chopra, Jividha Aastha, Bhotu Shah October 2012 Gurleen Chopra Pictures & Pal Singh Purewal, Balwinder Singh Heer
Meri Chargay Jawani Sohniyeh Daljit Singh Baath Surjit Khan, Baljit Malwa, Shaveta, Jelly Manjitpuri, Rahul Dev 23 November 2012 Kala Nizampuri & Speed Records
Sadi Gali Aaya Karo Sunil(paali) Anuj Puri, Zoya, Nav Bajwa, Harpal Singh, Raghvir Boli, Gagan Gill, Razia Sukhbir, Romance Comedy Drama 14 December 2012 B M Entertainment Company

2013[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Release Date Producer Audio/Video Released by Movie Statistics (Excluding Overseas)
Pagri Singh Da Taaj Balbir Begumpuri, Balwant Singh Suri Lakhwinder Singh Pallawi Sharma, Parminder Gill Teji Sandhu, Dharamjeet, Nittu Pander, Bhotu Shah Religious 4 January 2013 Paramount Arts T-Series/DVD not released Ist week-8 screens; 2nd week-4 screens
Saadi Love Story Review of Saadi Love Story Dheeraj Rattan Diljit Dosanjh, Surveen Chawla, Amrinder Gill, Neetu Singh, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Dolly Ahluwalia Romantic Comedy 11 January 2013 Eros Entertainment, Jimmy Shergill Productions, Aman Khatkar Eros Now/EROS DVD 1st week-59 screens; 2nd week-27 screens; 3rd week-3 screens
Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22Review of Tu mera 22 main tera 22 Amit Prasher Yo Yo Honey Singh, Amrinder Gill, Mandy Takhar, WamiQa Gabbi, Binnu Dhillon Comedy 25 January 2013 Joy Bir Singh Kataria, Gunbir Singh Sidhu, HansRaj Ralhan, Pooja Singh Speed Records/Shemaroo 1st week-46 screens; 2nd week-34 screens; 3rd week-17 screens; 4th week-1 screen; 5th week-1 screen; 6th week-1 screen; 7th week-2 screens
Pehchaan 3D Manny Parmar Manjit Bath, Karamjit Batth, Gurdip Bhullar, Kabir Brar, Criminal drama 1 February 2013 Manny Parmar & Gurpreet Sohi, Inner Karma Films Ltd. Daddy Mohan Records/DVD not released 1st week-4 screens
Stupid 7 Pali Bhupinder Singh Jaswinder Bhalla, Pukhraj Bhalla,Jasmeet Kaur Karan Sandhawalia, Millind Gaba, Saibi Sodhi, Jannatpreet Kaur, Gunit Cour, Sukhman Brar, Razia Sukhbir, Ramnik Sidhu, Parmod Pabbi Social Comedy 1 February 2013 Sandeep Kakkar, Naresh Kakkar & Offstage Creations Goyal Music/Shemaroo 1st week-14 screens; 2nd week-1 screen
Sajjan - The Real Friend Sunil Taneja K.S. Makhan, Simran Sachdeva, Dilip Tahil, Harry Josh, Sanvi Dhiman Action/Drama 8 February 2013 Kuldeep Singh Takhar, Takhar Productions T-Series/T-Series 1st week-24 screens; 2nd week-1 screen
Love Story Of Singh vs Kaur Navanait Singh Gippy Grewal, Surveen Chawla, Japji Khera, B.N. Sharma, Binnu Dhillon, Avtar Gill Comedy/Action 15 February 2013 D. Rama Naidu, Sippy Grewal, Gurfateh films, Suresh Productions MV Records/Shemaroo 1st week-59 screens; 2nd week-46 screens; 3rd week-36 screens; 4th week-22 screens; 5th week-14 screens; 6th week-6 screens; 7th week-1 screen; 8th week-1 screen; 9th week-1 screen; 10th week-1 screen
Pooja... Kiven Aa..??? Nidhi Sharma Miss Pooja, Tarun Khanna, B.N. Sharma, Sahil Veedoliya, Raj Singh Jhinger, Manoj Joshi, Sardar Sohi, Anita Shadbeesh, Anshul Sawhney, Gitta Bains, Rakhi Sawant [Guest Appearance] Comedy 22 March 2013 Romo Tahli Saga Music/Saga Music 1st week-31 screens; 2nd week-5 screens; 3rd week-1 screen
You N Me Vicky J Varinder Grewal, Jyotika Thakur, Rana Jang Bahadur, Harpal Singh, Razia Sukhbir, Deputy Raja, Sarita Tiwari Suspense Romantic Thriller 29 March 2013 Varinder Grewal Productions Daddy Mohan Records/DVD not released/Video on YouTube 1st week-13 screens; 2nd week-1 screen
Sadda Haq Mandeep Benipal Kuljinder Sidhu, Gaurav Kakkar, Dhriti Sharan, Parmod Moutho, Yaad Grewal, Dev Kharoud, Dinesh Sood Drama/Historical 5 April 2013 (Punjab - 10 May 2013) Oxl Studio Oxl/Kumar Films 1st week-29 screens; 2nd week (10/5/13)-44 screens; 3rd week-11 screens; 4th week-4 screens
Dady Cool Munde Fool Simerjit Singh Amrinder Gill, Harish Verma, Jaswinder Bhalla, Yuvika Chaudhary, Ihana Dhillon, Amar Noorie, Upasana Singh, Rana Ranbir, Karamjit Anmol Comedy 12 April 2013 KG Productions, Royal Ent. & VR Productions Speed Records/Speed Records 1st week-45 screens; 2nd week-32 screens; 3rd week-13 screens; 4th week-1 screen; 5th week-1 screen; 6th week-2 screens
Bikkar Bai Sentimental Gautam Nagrath Jassi Jasraj (Karan Jasbir), Preeti Jhangiani, Shahbaz Khan, Bobby Sandhu, Rana Ranbir Action 19 April 2013 Sandeep Bansal & Kamaljeet Kaur Sony Music/Sony 1st week-50 screens; 2nd week-15 screens; 3rd week-3 screens; 4th week-6 screens; 5th week-1 screen; 6th week-1 screen
Lucky Di Unlucky Story Smeep Kang Gippy Grewal, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Jaswinder Bhalla, Samiksha Singh, Binnu Dhillon 26 April 2013 Gurfateh Films & Sippy Grewal Productions MV Records/Shemaroo 1st week-67 screens; 2nd week-42 screens; 3rd week-28 screens; 4th week-11 screens; 5th week-13 screens
Rangeelay Navaniat Singh Jimmy Shergill, Neha Dhupia, Binnu Dhillon, Jaswinder Bhalla, Rana Ranbir, Shavinder Mahal, BN Sharma Romance/Action 17 May 2013 Jimmy Sheirgill Productions Eros Now/EROS NOW 1st week-57 screens; 2nd week-14 screens
Jatts In Golmaal Ksshitij Chaudhary Arya Babbar, Samiksha Singh, Veena Malik, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Jaswinder Bhalla, B N Sharma, Binnu Dhillon, Sardar Sohi, Karamjeet Anmol Comedy 24 May 2013 HM Music Saga Music/Saga Music 1st week-63 screens; 2nd week-35 screens; 3rd week-11 screens; 4th week-3 screens; 5th week-1 screen
Dastaar Charanjit Singh Chadha Gufi Paintal, Kirti Anand Reeta Kapoor 24 May 2013 Oscar Admark Pvt Ltd T Series/DVD not released 1st week-2 screens; 2nd week-1 screen
Oye Hoye Pyar Ho Gaya Aditya Sood Sharry Mann, Niharika Kareer, Jimmy Sharma, Binnu Dhillon, Rana Ranbir, Yograj Singh, Bhotu Shah Romantic Comedy 14 June 2013 Aditya Films Ltd Speed Records/Speed Records 1st week-51 screens; 2nd week-37 screens; 3rd week-3 screens
Sikander Jatinder Mahaur Gul Panag, Kartar Cheema, Manav Vij, Victor John, Nishawn Bhullar, Yaad Garewal Politics 21 June 2013 Imaginations Entertainment Pvt Limited:Poonam Pawar Catrack/Kumar Films 1st week-24 screens
Jatt & Juliet 2 Anurag Singh Diljit Dosanjh, Neeru Bajwa, Rana Ranbir, Jaswinder Bhalla, Bharti Singh 28 June 2013 Darshan Singh Grewal, Gunbir Singh Sidhu Speed Records/Shemaroo 1st week-88 screens; 2nd week-66 screens; 3rd week-37 screens; 4th week-16 screens; 5th week-3 screens; 6th week-4 screens; 7th week-2 screen
Fer Mamla Gadbad Gadbad Rimpy Prince Roshan Prince, Japji Khaira, Bhanushree Mehra, Rana Ranbir, B N Sharma Romantic Comedy 12 July 2013 PTC Punjabi & PTC Motion Pictures T-Series/T-Series 1st week-139 screens; 2nd week-43 screens; 3rd week-36 screens; 4th week-1 screen; 5th week-1 screen
Best of Luck Sunny Sidhu Gippy Grewal, Jazzy B, Simran Kaur Mundi, Binnu Dhillon, Puneet Issar, Sonampreet Bajwa, Karamjit Anmol Action/Comedy 26 July 2013 Speed Records/Shemaroo 1st week-63 screens; 2nd week-84 screens; 3rd week-15 screens; 4th week-3 screens; 5th week-1 screen
Naughty Jatts Pankaj Batra Neeru Bajwa, Arya Babbar, Roshan Prince, Binnu Dhillon, BN Sharma, Karamjit Anmol 2 August 2013 Multiline Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (Satish Katyal & Sandeep Bhalla) Times Music/Saga Music 1st week=51 screens; 2nd week-36 screens; 3rd week-18 screens; 4th week-6 screens
Punjab Bolda Ravinder Peepat Sarbjit Cheema, Anisha Pooja, Amarjit Cheema, Binnu Dhillon, Anshu Sawhney, Shavinder Mahal Action\Historical 15 August 2013 Parteek Entertainers & Pix-Ray Entertainment Daddy Mohan Records/Kumar Films 1st week-33 screens
Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De Simranjit Singh Hundal Sippy Gill, Aman Dhaliwal, Om Puri, Rahul Dev, Guggu Gill, Diljeet Kaur, Sohaj Brar, Razia Sukhbir, Sardar Sohi, Mohammad Saddiq, Jaswinder Bhalla, Karamjit Anmol Action 23 August 2013 Sukhbir Singh Sandhar Speed Records/Kumar Films 1st week-51 screens; 2nd week-19 screens; 3rd week-5 screens; 4th week-1 screen
Jatt Airways Harjit Singh Ricky Alfaaz, Tulip Joshi, Binnu Dhillon, Jaswinder Bhalla, B N Sharma, Karamjit Anmol, Manreet Kaur Comedy/Romance 30 Aug 2013 Vision India Productions Pvt. Ltd. Shemaroo/Shemaroo 1st week-60 screens; 2nd week-14 screens
Haani Amitoj Maan Harbhajan Mann, Sarbjit Cheema, Mahreen Kaleka, Sonia Mann, Anuj Sachdeva, Sardar Sohi, Rupan Bal, Manpreet Akhtar Romance/Action/Cultural 6 September 2013 Mannerism Productions Saga Music/DVD not released 1st week-44 screens; 2nd week-9 screens
Viyah 70 KM Mushtaq Pasha Harish Verma, Geeta Zaildar, Binnu Dhillon, Jaswinder Bhalla, Ranjeet, Aarti Chhabria, Razia Sukhbir, Sezal Sharma. Romantic/ Darama/ Comedy 13 September 2013 Vivek Ohri and Rajan Batra Speed Records/Kumar Films 1st week-54 screens; 2nd week-2 screens
Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya Thakur Tapasvi Inderjit Nikku, Sana Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Jaspal Bhatti, Daljeet Kaur, Raza Murad, Akshay Kumar sp, Sanjay Dutt sp, 20 September 2013 Raj KumarVerka Times Music/DVD not released 1st week-28 screens
Young Malang Rajdeep Singh Balli Riar, Yuvraj Hans, Vinaypal Buttar, Anita Kailey, Neetu Singh, Anjana Sukhani, Yograj Singh, Chacha Raunqi Ram, Kiran Kumar Comedy 20 September 2013 RSG Studios Saga Music/DVD not released 1st week-59 screens; 2nd week-28 screens; 3rd week-15 screens; 4th week-1 screen
Nabar Rajeev Sharma Nishawn Bhullar, Rana Ranbir, Hardeep Gill, Harbinder Kaur Babli Drama/Family/Truth 27 September 2013 Catrack/DVD not released 1st week-39 screens
Aashiqui Not Allowed Amaan Sutdhar, B.N. Sharma, Gurpreet Kaur, Harinakshi, Gurchet Chitarkar, Jaswant Singh Rathore 27 September 2013 Sikandra Films Daddy Mohan Records/Shemaroo 1st week-29 screens; 2nd week-3 screens
Jatt in Mood Sukhjinder Shera Raj Brar, Harpreet Dhillon, Sukhjinder Shera, Manreet, Manni Boparai, Jaswinder Bhalla, Karamjeet Comedy 4 October 2013 Gobind Arts, Sukhjinder Shera 1st week-37 screens
RSVP - Ronde Saare Viah Picho Vijay Kumar Arora Neeru Bajwa, Harish Verma, Guggu Gill, Charoo Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, Jaswinder Bhalla, Navneet Nishan, Arvinder Bhatti, Rana Ranbir Romantic Comedy 11 October 2013 Himmat Singh (Himmat Ventures) and Aparna Sood Speed Records/ 1st week-66 screens; 2nd week-23 screens
Heer and Hero Sagar S. Sharma Manissha Lamba, Arya Babbar, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Hazel Keech, Preet Bhullar, Manoj Pahwa, Yograj Singh, Mukul Dev Romantic Comedy 18 October 2013 Harjeet Bhullar, Etch B Shemaroo 1st week-49 screens
Ishq Garaari Dheeraj Rattan Sharry Maan, Gulzar Inder Chahal, Rannvijay Singh, Vinaypal Buttar, Mandy Takhar, Miss Pooja, Gunjan Walia, Prabhleen Sandhu Romance\Love 25 October 2013 Cosmic Studio & Mirus Motion Pictures Shemaroo/ 1st week-65 screens; 2nd week-24 screens; 3rd week-2 screens
Tere Te Dil Sadda Lutteya Gaya Ashmit Patel, Jividha, Pooja Tandon, Mangi Mahal 8 November 2013 Angad and Nice Heart Production, Sapphire Group T-Series/ 1st week-39 screens
Hay O Rabba Ishaq Na Hove Sangeet Kumar Masha Ali, Jaswinder Gardner, Shri Kankani, Muskan, Pramod Moutho, Shakti Kapoor, K.K. Goswami, Amritpal, Nitin, Gulshan Chopra, V.K. Rajdan 8 November 2013 Anmol Productions, Hargovind Tripathi 1st week-15 screens
Bhaji in Problem Smeep Kang Gippy Grewal, Ragini Khanna, Akshay Kumar, Gurpreet Ghuggi, B.N. Sharma, Jaswinder Bhalla, Comedy 15 November 2013 Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd., Grazing Goat Pictures T-Series/
Risky Mundey Panna Gill, Shiraz Khan, Uday Gill Murder Mystery ABG Enterainment Pvt Ltd
Love Yoou Soniye Karanvir Bohra, Teejay Sidhu, Vindu Dara Singh, Raghu Ram Romantic Comedy 6 December 2013 Firebird Entertainment
Rab Ton Sohna Ishq Vicky J Mandeep Mandy, Avantika Hundal, Milind Gunaji, Rana Jung Bahadhur, Harpal Singh, Deputy Raja, Suhki Action Romantic 13 December 2013 Mandeep Mandy Films
Yaar Mera Rab Warga Dinkar Kapur Gurmeet Choudhary, Lakhwinder Singh, Neetu Singh, Ranbir Rana, Romeo, Teawan Mangat Action/Romance Acropolis Media Inc. & Fresh Water Films

2014[edit]

Title Director Music Director Cast Genre Release Date Producer Audio
Work Weather Wife Harpreet Sandhu (Actor/Director/Writer) Harpreet Sandhu (Actor/Director/Writer), Amandeep Lohat Harpreet Sandhu (Actor/Director/Writer), Reema Nagra, B K Rakhra, Dilbag Brar Drama, Romance 2014 Harpreet Sandhu (Actor/Director/Writer), Reema Nagra ArtGauge Films

National Award winners[edit]

A scene from National Award winner Anhe Ghore Da Daan

Satluj De Kande (1964) and Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai (1969) directed by Panna Lal Maheshwari won the National Film Award's Certificate of Merit.

Best feature film awards were won by Chann Pardesi (1980), directed by Chitrarth; Marhi Da Deeva (1989), directed by Surinder Singh; Kachehari (1994), Main Maa Punjab Dee (1998), written and directed by Balwant Dullat; Shaheed-E-Mohabbat (1999), directed by Manoj Punj; Shaheed Udham Singh (2000), directed by Chitrarth; Des Hoya Pardes (2005), directed by Manoj Punj; and Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris (2006), directed by Manoj Punj. The film Anhe Ghore Da Daan (2011) won National Awards for Best Direction, Cinematography and Best Feature Film in Punjabi at the 59th National Film Awards of India.

See also[edit]

[5] Reema Khan dharmesh tole -writer\\director

References[edit]

Punjabi Cinema- Ballewood