Gone are the days when Punjabi movies were just about a few big cities in Punjab and other North Indian cities. Nowadays you will easily get to see posters of Punjabi movies outsides theatres of London, Toronto or New York and of course in Mumbai, Kolkata or Bangalore. The box office turnouts are so huge that even Bollywood films feel embarrassed sometimes. Probably that is the reason why so many B-town investors have suddenly shown interest in venturing into Punjabi films.
Today, we bring for you the list of top 5 highest grossing movies of the Punjabi industry which have proved that the Punjabi industry is nowhere behind any other industry when it comes to box office buzz.
1. Carry On Jatta 2 (2018)
This Smeep Kang directed star-studded movie was graced by the presence of actors like Gippy Grewal, Sonam Bajwa, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Jaswinder Bhalla, Binnu Dhillon, Karamjit Anmol, and BN Sharma. This sequel of Carry On Jatta (2012) stormed the box office soon after its release. Carry On Jatta 2 got a historic opening at the box office when it’s opening day ended with an all-time historic collection of 3.61 crores. However, this historic opening continued in the full swing later on as Carry On Jatta 2 ended up with the lifetime collection of 56.3 crores, which is highest amongst all the Punjabi movies till date.
2. Chaar Sahibzaade (2014)
The 3D animated historical film based on the sacrifice of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s sons Sahibzada Ajit Singh, Sahibzada Jorawar Singh, Sahibzada Fateh Singh, and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh is on the second spot in the list of highest grossing Punjabi movies of all the time. The movie was produced by Harry Baweja and the story was narrated in the voice of late actor Om Puri. The movie was released on 6th November 2014, just a week before children’s day. It crossed the mark of 4 crores within just one week of its release and ended up collecting 46 crores at the box office.
3. Sardaar Ji (2015)
This Diljit – Neeru starrer ‘Sardar Ji’ is at the 3rd spot in the list of highest grossing Punjabi movies of all the time, just behind ‘Carry On Jatta 2’ and ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’. A fantasy movie based on the life of a ghost hunter, Sardar Ji was released on 26th June 2015 and right from day one, it started getting cent percent occupancy. Sardar Ji crossed the mark of 14 crores within its first weekend. However, its lifetime collection in the Indian market was 37.6 crores which were a historical figure until it was broken by Manje Bistre in 2017.
4. Manje Bistre (2017)
Studded with stars like Gippy, Sonam, and Ghuggi, Manje Bistre is a comic-romantic drama based on the hassles of the Punjabi weddings. The movie was directed by the man of visuals Baljeet Singh Deo and was produced by Gippy himself. The movie was released worldwide on 14th April 2017. The box office collection took off swiftly with an opening day collection 2.25 crores and within no time it crossed the mark of 30 crores. The lifetime collection of the movie stands at 31.7 crores according to IMDb.
5. Angrej (2015)
A movie which brought Sargun Mehta to the Punjabi industry and made her a household name is on the fifth spot in this list. Apart from Sargun, the movie also starred Amrinder Gill and Aditi Sharma in vital roles. This Simerjit Singh movie was released on 31st July 2015 and the shows of Angrej went housefull from day one. The lifetime collection of ‘Angrej’ was just above 30 crores.
Going by this list, one can clearly see that out of the top 3 Punjabi actors Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh and Amrinder Gill, Gippy has an edge with 2 highest grossers. Clearly, the man is in demand, both with the audiences and the trade.