A majority of Punjabi films from the past era have been forgotten. It wasn’t like in the case of Hindi Cinema that any of these were copied or aged badly over the years. Strangely even the films which earned well at the box office at the time of their release are nowhere to be found in the records.
One such example is the 1974 film ‘Do Sher’. Considered one of the most successful films of its time, the film had veterans Rajendra Kumar and Dharmendra in extended cameos. Still, it is considered that they had titular roles. Also Read: Politician Manoj Tiwar’s Ex-Wife Rani Is Dating This Punjabi Singer!
Directed by Sukhdev Ahluwalia, the cast of the film included Hira Lal, Uma Khosla, Rajan Haksar, Kanchan Mattu, Lata Arora, Gulab Singh, Billa, Dev Kumar, Sona and Mehar Mittal, while the lead roles were played by newcomers Narendra and Gauri Verma.
Gauri Verma, made her debut with ‘Do Sher’ and then went on to do movies in Hindi, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Marathi and Bengali too! Also Read: Bigg Boss 15: Afsana Khan, Akasa Singh, Karan Kundrra and Others Get Nominated
In an interview with the team of GhaintPunjab, Verma recalls, “I belonged to Shimla, due to my father's job we shifted to Bombay. While I was growing up I started learning dance from Gopi Krishna Ji. It was during one of the dance performances that Rajinder Sharma had seen me. He was a known producer-director of Punjabi films and was related to Kedar Sharma who had launched great talent like Raj Kapoor, Geeta Bali, Mala Sinha, Tanuja, etc. I was asked to perform on a Punjabi Song and then selected for the film ‘Do Sher’. I played the role of Rajendra Kumar Ji's sister in it. It had Dharam Ji's cousin Narinder opposite me. The film was a hit at the box office.” Also Read: “Dustbin” OTT Film Review
As far as the story is concerned, ‘Do Sher’ was a typical lost and found revenge drama. The presence of two star actors was enough for the film to get a head start at the ticket window. The small-budget Punjabi film with two big stars went on to become one of the major Punjabi Hits of the year.
Even though the Punjabi film was a hit, the producers raked in more money from the Hindi-dubbed version named ‘Do Sholay’ (1977). This process of dubbing Punjabi films into Hindi and releasing them was later followed by many other Punjabi films. Also Read: National Award Winning Actor Kesavan Venugopal Nair Passes Away
Here’s some additional trivia for the movie fans!