The Truck Driver
|Directed by||Mushtaq Pasha|
|Screenplay by||Dheeraj Rattan|
|Story by||Dheeraj Rattan|
|Music by||Babbu Maan|
|Edited by||Bunty Saini|
|Distributed by||Globe Moviez|
|7 December 2018|
Banjara: The Truck Driver (lit. Traveller) is a 2018 Indian-Punjabi drama film directed by Mushtaq Pasha. The film stars Babbu Maan, Rana Ranbir, Gurpreet Bhangu, Jia Mustafa, Shraddha Arya in prominent. It is the first film of Babbu Maan after Baaz which was released in 2014. The film is based on life of truck drivers. The film will highlight eras of 1947, 1984 and 2018 showing love interests of three generations in their younger days.
The film was theatrically released on 7 December 2018. The film received "mixed" to "negative" reviews from critics.
- Babbu Maan as
- Harnek Singh
- Binder Singh
- Nachhatar Singh
- Rana Ranbir
- Gurpreet Bhangu
- Jia Mustafa
- Shraddha Arya
- Malkit Rauni
- Prakash Yadu
- Sara Khatri
Mushtaq Pasha the director of the film wanted to sign a film with Babbu Maan since last 10 years but Maan rejected his as he doesn't want to do action or comedies which were being told by Pasha. As, Babbu Maan is from family who used to have trucks and he also has personal interest in trucks so he suggested Pasha to create a film on trucks. Then, Pasha started working on the project and the story was written Dheeraj Rattan and dialogues by Surmeet Maavi. And hence, the project started and was titled as "Banjara" which refers to "traveller" in Punjabi.
As the story consists of three love stories of three generations of a family grandfather, father and son respectively. So, it was difficult task to cast three actors and actress. Then, Pasha suggested Maan to play all three roles as all the characters are from same family and the minor difference would be created by make-up. In all Maan's films evertime new faces are seen as he is willing to give chance to new performers in Punjabi cinema so the three television actresses Shraddha Arya, Jia Mustafa and Sara Khatri were casted opposite to Maan. The film also stars Rana Ranbir, Gurpreet Bhangu, Rana Ahluwalia in supporting roles.
Principal photography of Banjara took place in Canada, Punjab and Suratgarh, Rajasthan between January 2018 and February 2018 where Binendra Menon served as a cinematographer. The principal photography of old part of the film shot in Suratgarh took place in January 2018 whereas next schedule of the film was shot in Canada in February 2018.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||November 21, 2018|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack of the film is also composed by Babbu Maan. All the songs in the film are written, sung and composed by himself only. All the songs were released on iTunes, Google Play Music and all other platforms on 21 November 2018 by record label Swag Music. "Tralla 2" song from the soundtrack got huge response from audience and has been viewed million times on YouTube.
Initially, the film was scheduled to release in mid-2018 later, was postponed to 14 September 2018. In September, the film was postponed second time and was released on 7 December 2018. The official trailer of the film was launched on 30 October 2018 at Elante Mall, Chandigarh. Banjara was released in 114 theatres worldwide including 49 in India, 31 in North America and 25 in Oceania.
Babbu Maan’s Punjabi film Banjara collected 2.35 crore (All India) on 1st day .
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