As we bid adieu to year 2011, we look forward to exciting year 2012 for punjabi cinema as many as 19 films(approx) are lined up with interesting Titles, different stories and fresh/talented starcast.
Year 2011 has set a new benchmark for Punjabi cinema, In 2011 total nine movies were released which in contrast is less as compared to sixteen releases in year 2010.
Year 2011 started with "Ek Noor" a movie on very important message of Organ Donation but movie didn't performed well at box office, Film stars Sudhanshu Pandey & Sudeepa Singh in the lead and was directed by Mukesh Gautam. Movie was shoot extensively in beautiful locations of Kashmir.
Action, yes that's what Guddu Dhanoa is famous for, Director of action packed Sunny Deol movies like Salakhein & Ziddi came with his first Punjabi movie "The Lion Of Punjab", Movie made on The greatest fight for justice marked the Acting debut of Singer Diljit who did justice to his role, Guddu Dhanoa like his earlier bollywood movies gave his action masala best in this movie, Diljit was supported by Pooja Tandon & Jividha Astha in the lead and Gupreet Ghughi, late Vivek Shauq took care of humour while Deep dhillon, Yaad Grewal were in negative best.Song "lakk 28 kudi da 47 weight" sung by Diljit featuring Honey Singh was instant hit and was equally liked by non punjabis, Among rest of songs "kareena saif tatoo" became popular. At Box Office movie was declared Average hit.
Next was Jimmy Shergill's Dharti - This is for my Dharti..This is for my Punjab. It was an experimental movie, different from conventionally made punjabi movies. Although the film was promoted as something largely associated with Air Force, but it didn't had much to do with that except Jimmy Shergill's background from Air Force as he is the Squadron leader. RanVijaay Singh(Roadies Anchor) debuts as an actor with this movie. Serious Political Suspense Thriller called this movie was successful in bringing audience to theatres and was Super Hit at box office. A movie on Politics of Punjab, was directed by Maverick director Navniat Singh who earlier worked with Jimmy Shergill in hit movies like "Tera Mera Ki Rishta" and "Mel Karade Rabba". Prem Chopra, Rahul Dev and Shavinder Mahal were exceptionally good in turboned sikh character. Jaspal bhatti, Surveen Chawla and Japji khaira were in supporting roles but didn't have much to do. Film's Music was composed by Jaidev Kumar and "Gadi Modange" by Mika, Warrant by Diljit, Gippy's Sarkaran & Bandeya sung by Rabbi Shergill became popular.
After Serious thriller it was turn of Comedy & comes Biggest hit of year, Tips & Batra Showbiz's "Jihne Mera Dil Luteya", “Laughter riot” this movie broke all records. Superb timing between Diljit and Gippy made audience go crazy. Diljit no doubt proved his acting capability with this movie, chemistry between Diljit/Gippy & Neeru Bajwa was uncamparable. Film was written by Dheeraj Rattan and was directed by Mandeep Kumar. ”Pinky Moge wali” and Binnu Dhillon's ”Tusi taan serious” sequences created lot of humour & buzz. Rana Jung Bahadur and Jaswinder Bhalla also contributed well. Like movie Music of the film was great success, Almost all songs became hit and ruled the charts.
After Comedy, It was turn of family Drama and Harbhajan Mann came with "Yaara O Dildaara" along Tulip Joshi, Gulzar Inder Chahal, Jonita Doda & comedian Gurpreet Ghughi. Kabir Bedi acted as a father of Harbhajan & Gulzar in Turboned Sikh character. This movie was suppose to be released on 19h August'11 but was postponed to 23rd September and then was released along Pankaj Kapoor's Mausam and Akshay Kumar's "Speedy Singh". Average hit at Box Office, movie was directed by Kshitij Chaudhary & was based on Business families, Love and relationship. Kabir Bedi's turboned sikh role was appreciated. Film's music was composed by Jaidev Kumar & most of the songs were sung by Harbhajan mann.
Batra Showbiz came back with their 2nd movie of this year on Friends & Friendship "Yaar Annmulle". As cognized title of the movie was inspired from Sharry Mann's famous track "Yaar Annmulle", The story of this comedy movie was based on three collegiate friends Guri, Deep and Sher Singh their college masti, fun, Yaari & Saheli. Film was declared super hit at box office. Written & directed by Anurag Singh(who earlier directed Yash raj films "Dil Bole Hadippa"). Yuvraj Hans(son of Han Raj Hans) debuts in this movie and was joined by Jatt Tinka/Harish Verma, Arya Babbar, Jividha Astha & Kajal Jain. Gurmeet Singh did fantastic job with Film music, sung by various singers ruled the charts.
Among Punjabi Singers joining league of Actors, Jasbir Jassi joined the bandwagon with 'Khushiyaan", Shot extensively in New York and India, film is written & directed by NRI director Tirlok Malik & is based on father – son relationship, a personal point of view of looking at moments. A son’s tribute & Transformation. A film on relations and Importance of elders in life but khushiyaan failed to create khushiyaan and failed at boxoffice. Jasbir Jassi was supported by Tisca Chopra, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Rama Vij, Comedian Gurpreet ghughi and Late Vivek Shauq. Among songs "Vich Pardesan” & ”kachiyan neendran” sung by Jassi and Late Jagjit Singh's shabd became popular.
MLA Natha Singh is the name of next released punjabi film, This movie was completed in 2009 but anyhow was released later in 2011, Even not much publicity was done. Film was based on Politics but failed to impress and also failed at box office.
Last Movie of the year, much speculated & awaited by Punjabi Cinema lovers. Babbu Mann's "Hero Hitler In Love". Even Title was much talked about. Babbu Maan's fans were eagerly waiting for the music of this movie but first time in history of punjabi cinema, film's music was released much later after release of movie and Babbu Mann gave piracy as the sole reason and even said if piracy is not controlled people have to go to theatres for songs. Mouni Roy played female lead. Produced by Mann Films, Film was shot extensively in Mann Films Ishqpura film studio. Film received 100 % collection in first week but later dropped due to negative reviews but was still declared "Super Hit". As music of the film was not released earlier it clearly had an impact on its popularity.
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