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2010 - 2019: A Look Back At The Evolution Of Punjabi Film Industry

By: Prakriti | December 31, 2019

2020 is just around the corner, a decade has passed and our industry has grown drastically. Looking back we see how the industry went through ups and downs but finally emerged as one of the strongest industries which could give good competition to Bollywood too.

Let’s look back at the different phases of the industry and analyze the changes it went through.

2010- 2012

The year 2010 was more of a sluggish year where we didn’t see makers putting a lot of effort into their films. There were few average movies that created the interest of the audiences but most of them released unnoticed. The movie that stood out in this phase was Navaniat Singh's Mel Karade Rabba starring Jimmy Sheirgill, Neeru Bajwa and Gippy Grewal. The next year was a little better as we could see makers gaining interest in the industry and giving good content than the past few years. It was 2011 that we saw Dharti, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya and Yaar Anmulle which created a stir amongst the audiences. But the game-changer was definitely the year 2012. It was 2012 when movies like Carry On Jatta, Jatt and Juliet, Taur Mitran Di and Mirza brought back the audiences to the theatres. People started showing interest in Punjabi movies all over again and the industry was on the right runway.


The year 2013 started on a brilliant note. We saw many makers stepping into the industry. Big movies were being announced and each week had one or the other release, be it good, bad or average. But comedy movies dominated all through. Daddy Cool Munde Fool, Lucky Di Unlucky Story, Naughty Jatts, Jatt and Juliet 2, Best Of Luck and many more were the ones that were amongst the good comedy movies. Movies like Sikander, Haani, RSVP and Singh Vs Kaur were the ones that were different from the lot. But surely this year brought back the lost charm of the industry. By the end of this year and even the whole of 2014, we had a lot of comedy movies coming each week. Most of them were based on confusion and chaos. The audience once again started to lose interest. Not many movies in 2014 did exceptionally well. All we remember is movies like Punjab 1984 which was different and undoubtedly a masterpiece by Anurag Singh. Movies like Aa Gaye Munde UK De, Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar and Disco Singh were the ones that created a little buzz. But animated movie Chaar Sahibzaade was one of the finest that the year gave the audiences. Many smart makers analyzed the industry and started working on different genres but the new ones majorly invested in senseless comedy movies. 2015 started on a positive note with Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe but after that numerous average and bad movies followed. Sardaarji created a buzz mid-year and soon the game-changer Angrej released with a fresh storyline, new actors and a new spark. Another movie that was quite unique and applause-worthy was Shareek by Navaniat Singh in the same year. But we didn’t see the audience running towards the theatre every week. There were just a few movies that made it big.

2016 -2018

By the year 2016, smart makers were ready for new content. Movies like Channo Kamli Yaar Di, Love Punjab, Ardaas, Ambarsariya, and Manje Bistre were the ones that gave a good fight to Bollywood releases. The audiences were attracted to Punjabi movies way more than Bollywood releases. The figures at the box office improved tremendously. Bambukat, Ardaas, Needhi Singh were amongst the content-rich ones which not only entertained the audiences but gave out social messages too. In 2017 big makers entered the industry with Sarvann and Dushman but soon went back. Movies like Sargi, Jindiua, Rabb Da Radio, and Lahoriye were amongst the good content-based movies which entertained us. Good, bad and average movies followed later. In 2018 we saw many biopics and reality-based movies coming our way. Sajjan Singh Rangroot, Harjeeta, Subedar Joginder Singh and Dakuaan Da Munda were the ones that stood apart due to their content. Other movies like Qismat, Daana Paani, Golak Bugni Bank te Batua were the ones that did great business yet again due to their content.


2019 was mostly full of commercial cinema. Shadaa, Muklawa, Nikka Zaildar 3, were the ones that were the perfect potboilers. The year had many sequels but it also had great content-oriented cinema-like Guddiyan Patole, Kala Shah Kala, Munda Hi Chahida and Ardaas Karaan for the audiences. There were bad movies too but the makers kept working on interesting projects to engage the audiences.

Also Read: Rewind 2019: Punjabi Directors Who Delivered Surprisingly Good Content!

Now that such a long time has passed we believe that Punjabi movies have their own loyal audiences. The industry has its feet strongly glued and the graph is only going upwards. Movies are getting way more shows and way more importance by distributors than they used to when this decade started. We have world-class technicians working on movies to upgrade the grandeur. Punjabi movies are now giving good competition to Bollywood movies as the Bollywood makers are wisely deciding dates before the release.

The industry has tremendously grown and we hope that the growth would be exponential in the coming years too.

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