It would not be wrong to say that at this point in time the Punjabi Film Industry is in a class of its own. From affluent budgets to grand openings, the film industry up north in our nation is making sure that apart from making quality movies, it is ameliorating its financial aspects as well. Judging a movie by its collection can be harsh at times. However, there is no overall advancement made in movies which are worth the praise but fall flat at the box-office.
Apart from what a particular movie stands for in totality, what affects the number of eyeballs in the cinema halls is its leading pair. In what sounds a bit discriminatory to all other aspects of film-making is the truth in the real world for people tend to get allured towards the faces who appear on the poster of a movie.
Citing this allurement of the audiences in mind, this article throws light on the first-rate leading pairs of the Punjabi Film Industry, couples who have enthralled the audiences in Punjab and overseas over the years. Kindly note that only couples who have appeared together on-screen after the year 2000 have been considered.
Here goes our list:
Harbhajan Mann & Kimi Verma – The duo of Harbhajan Mann and Kimi Verma was received wholeheartedly by the Punjabi audiences. They first appeared together in 2002 in Manmohan Singh’s path-breaking ‘Jee Aayan Nu’. A couple of years later, they were seen on-screen for the second time under the same director in ‘Asa Nu Maan Watna Da’. As the name suggests, it was based on NRIs and their feelings. The Punjabi audiences got to witness a complementing relationship between an NRI-boy and a girl from a village in Punjab. The duo appeared for the third time under Manmohan Singh in ‘Mera Pind – My Home’ (2008). All the three movie were praised both critically and commercially.
Gurdas Maan & Juhi Chawla – In the three movies that Gurdas Maan and Juhi Chawla have acted opposite each other, Manoj Punj’s National Award-winning ‘Des Hoya Pardes’ (2004) was the first one. A movie based on the aftermaths of the 1984 riots saw Gursharan Singh Shomal (Gurdas Maan) and Jassi Sandhu (Juhi Chawla) attaining political asylum in the US. A couple of years later, the same team turned up with another ground-breaking National Award-winning movie in ‘Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris’, a movie based on the life of legendary Punjabi poet, Waris Shah. Their third appearance together came in Manjeet Maan’s ‘Sukhmani: Hope for Life’, which was released in 2010.
Jimmy Sheirgill & Neeru Bajwa – The first time that the cherished pair of Jimmy Sheirgill and Neeru Bajwa appeared on the silver screen was in Manmohan Singh’s ‘Munde U.K. De’ (2009). The following year, their couple emerged as perhaps the Best on-screen couple of the year in Navaniat Singh’s ‘Mel Karade Rabba’. The movie went on to become a blockbuster. ‘Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De’, its sequel, was released in 2014 and was the third movie of Sheirgill and Bajwa.
Diljit Dosanjh & Neeru Bajwa – Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa is perhaps the most successful leading pair of the contemporary Punjabi film industry. The accolades achieved by their pairing can be assessed from the number of films (4) that they have done together, most by any couple in the leading times. The couple first appeared on the silver screen in Mandeep Kumar’s ‘Jihne Mera Dil Luteya’ (2011). In the following year, the duo was seen in one of the most acclaimed Punjabi movie, ‘Jatt & Juliet’. The movie went on to enthral the audiences pan-India. The makers did not hesitate in coming up with the sequel of the movie, ‘Jatt & Juliet 2’, in 2013. Dosanjh and Bajwa were seen for the fourth time in 2015 in Rohit Jugraj’s ‘Sardaar Ji’, another money-spinning venture in the Punjabi film industry.
Amrinder Gill & Sargun Mehta – If there was an award for the most adorable couple, it would have certainly gone to Amrinder Gill and Sargun Mehta for the on-screen chemistry that they share is bewitching. It is this chemistry which has given the Punjabi industry three back-to-back super-hit movies in three years. The duo first appeared in Simerjit Singh’s ‘Angrej’ (2015).Gill and Mehta stood out comprehensively in the love triangle. In the following year, they appeared in Rajiv Dhingra’s ‘Love Punjab’, where their disturbed marriage was sorted post their arrival in Punjab for the mutual concern of the health of their child. In 2016, Amberdeep Singh’s directorial venture, ‘Lahoriye’, saw Gill and Mehta romancing in an across the border love-story.
The Potentials – Despite the success which they enjoyed, Jimmy Sheirgill and Kulraj Randhawa appeared only twice in movies. The duo created a place for themselves in the hearts of the people with Gurbir Singh Grewal’s ‘Mannat’ (2006) and Navaniat Singh’s ‘Tera Mera Ki Rishta’ (2008). It amazes a plethora of audiences as to see why this couple wasn’t casted together ever again. Two couples who have done three movies together each and have the potential to do more and end up gaining the legendary status in the Punjabi film industry are Gippy Grewal and Sonam Bajwa (‘Best of Luck’, ‘Manje Bistre’, ‘Carry On Jatta 2′) and Diljit Dosanjh and Sonam Bajwa (‘Punjab 1984’, ‘Sardaar Ji 2’, ‘Super Singh’).