Punjabis are known all around the globe for living life king-size, their rich culture, and their big appetite for food. No one can deny Bollywood’s obsession with Punjab. Every second Hindi movie is peppered with Punjabi essence in some way. Bollywood loves to add Punjabi tadka to its movies, and that tadka never fails to amaze the audiences.
1) Jab We Met
‘Bhatinda ki Sikhni Hun Mai’ still rings in our ears when we talk about Imtiaz Ali’s movie Jab We Met where Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor gave us characters to cherish forever. Kareena is portrayed as the girl from Punjab in the movie who has one grand Punjabi family (Relatable, isn’t it?). The 2 songs ‘Maujan hi Maujan’ and ‘Nagada’ from the movie became the hit songs of the year. The movie has also captured some beautiful locations and traditions of Punjab.
2) Tanu Weds Manu
Kangana Ranaut made her mark through this film. Her bold, fierce, and quirky character made everyone fall in love with her. Dolled up in Punjabi suits and jhumkas, she won the hearts of the Indian audience. The song ‘Saadi Gali’ with peppy beats became a big hit. And who can forget the lovable character of Pappi Ji?
3) Veer- Zara
The Yash Chopra film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee is a cross border love story between an Indian boy and a Pakistani girl, yet their nationality is not what prevents them from being together. The visually stunning and emotionally touching picture showcases the glittery Punjabi festivals, Punjabi suits, Punjabi songs, and some lassi in the most authentic way. The song ‘Aisa desh hai mera’ from the movie shows the beautiful yellow mustard fields of Punjab that anyone would fall in love with.
4) Love Aaj Kal
This movie has some key characters based in Punjab, although the movie is shot abroad. Rishi Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan both played a proper Sikh character wearing a turban. ‘Aj Din Chadeya’ song from the movie is a soulful romantic track which makes you believe in love again.
5) Singh is King
The Indian action-comedy starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif where Akshay plays “Happy Singh”, a bumbling Sikh in a small village in Punjab. There are numerous characters in the movie all clad in turbans. The songs ‘Tung Tung Baje’ and ‘Sheran di Kaum Punjabi’ beautifully portray Punjabi culture.
6) Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag starred Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh, Divya Dutta and Sonam Kapoor in a cameo. The movie is based on the real-life struggle of the olympian Milkha Singh. It's truly an iconic and inspirational movie.
7) Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
1947 and Punjab, no matter how indifferent you may be with regard to India Independence or the partition saga, Gadar will grab your attention. Shot beautifully on the Punjab-Pakistan border, the film brings to life the trials and tribulations of partition.
8) Namaste London
Shot in Punjab and England, Namaste London is the story of a man who tries to woo over his own British wife by bringing her back to her roots. The film has been a cult classic for those who love watching Punjabi love stories in Hindi. To date, this film is one of the most loved Indo-Punjabi films that touch the heart of the viewer.
9) Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
The pigeon feeding scene and the 'Ao Ao' still resonates in the minds of all those who've loved this film. The sanskari Punjabi parivaar and the parental insecurities of people staying abroad made an instant connection with the characters of this film. Based in Punjab, this film not only made history but even made the world aware of Punjab's rich culture, tradition and festivities.
Which is your favorite Bollywood movie with a Punjabi touch? Let us know in the comments!