Author: Gurwinder Lotey

Shakti Kapoor, at the very initial phase of his career had worked as the lead hero in a Punjabi film. The revelation came from the man himself during a recent interview.Recently, Shakti Kapoor revealed on a show that at the initial stage of his career, he decided to turn Hero and stopped accepting negative roles.One of his first attempts at being the lead hero was in a film called ‘Zakhmee Insaan’ (1982) opposite Rama Vij. Both were dating at that time. But the debacle of the film put a question mark to his chance of being the lead actor. Shakti…

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Born in Amritsar, Superstar Rajesh Khanna, originally named Jatin, was adopted as a child and raised by Chunnilal Khanna, a railway contractor. Chunnilal was a relative of Jatin’s biological parents. Here’s How Ranbir Kapoor Reacted When Animal Actor Promised To Gift Raha A Kada Before joining the film world, Jatin was even called ‘Kaka’ by his family and close friends. The name was given to him due to his baby face, a Punjabi term for a baby.The family had moved to Mumbai where Jatin completed his studies after which he developed an interest in acting. He even got selected in…

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In the year 1964, Rajinder Singh Bedi started a Hindi-Punjabi bilingual film titled Rano. It starred Geeta Bali, Dharmendra and Meena Rai and was an adaption of his novel Ek Chadar Maili Si. Unfortunately, during the shoot of the film in Punjab, Geeta Bali got smallpox and passed away (in 1965) leaving behind her most ambitious film hanging mid air. Almost two decades later, in the year 1986, a film with the same title was released and it was directed by debutante director Sukhwant Dhadda. Sukhwant, an FTII passout, had previously directed Hindi-Punjabi films like Siyasat, Antim Nyay, Pind Di Kudi, Choodian, to name a few, but…

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Do you know megastar Amitabh Bachchan had done a Punjabi Film at peak of his filmcareer? The film was Walayati Babu which was produced by Punjabi Comic Legend MeharMittal and it had Mittal in the titular role of Walayati Babu opposite actress Rita Haksar(daughter of yesteryear actress Manorama) while Amitabh Bachchan was in a cameo only. The filmalso had the presence of superstar actress Reena Roy in it. It has been observed with keeninterest of cine lovers that both Amitabh Bachchan and Reena Roy were never pairedromantically in any Hindi Film, despite working together in films like Naseeb &Andha Kanoon.…

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Jab We Met is a cult classic of the modern times. While the iconic character Geet played by Kareena Kapoor is widely discussed on social media, Aditiya Dharamraj Kashyap (Shahid Kapoor) and Anshuman (Tarun Arora) are talked about in the same breath as two of the men Geet fell in love with. But they were not the only two men in her life, Manjeet Singh Maan-her childhood friend was one of the suitors her family had selected her for. In the film, the dramatic character of Geet happily opted for engagement with Manjeet Singh, but in the back of her…

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Back in the days, Chadi Jawani Budhe Nu was a famous Punjabi Theatre play and Delhi based Sapru House was known forPunjabi plays.FC Mehra,a famous Hindi Film Producer, had his own chain of cinemas in Bombay & Delhi. He would often visit Delhi and during one such visit he got to watch the play “Chadi Jawani Budhe Nu”. He was a big shot in the Hindi Film fraternity but even then chose to make a Punjabi film based on this play and that too with the same title.Chadhi Jawani Budhe Nu StarcastChadhi Jawani Budhe Nu had BK Sood, Kimti Anand, Dheshi…

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