From singers to actors and comedians, Hindi showbiz has seen an increase in influx of young and talented Punjabi artistes over the past couple of years. Last year, singer Jassie Gill made his acting debut in Bollywood with the film Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi. He is now gearing up for the release of another Hindi film titled Panga, which has Kangana Ranaut in the lead.
Directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Panga revolves around female Kabaddi players and the issues they face. On his shift from Punjabi to Hindi cinema, Jassie said that he is on “learning mode” right now.
Punjabi singers and actors Ammy Virk and Harrdy Sandhu are also set to make their acting debut in Bollywood in Ranveer Singh-starrer ’83. The film, presented by Reliance Entertainment, is based on India’s iconic win in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
They are currently busy training in Dharamsala for their roles. Interestingly, both Ammy and Harrdy had marked their singing debut in Bollywood before their acting stint. Ammy lent his voice to the song Daryaa in Anurag Kashyap’s Manmarziyaan, while Harrdy sang Nachna aaonda nahin for movie Tum Bin 2.
On the singing front, Punjabi singer B Praak recently made his debut in Hindi cinema. He lent vocals to the Teri Mitti song for Akshay Kumar’s Kesari.
Year 2019 will also see the entry of popular Punjabi actor Sonam Bajwa in Bollywood. She is a part of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer dance based film Street Dancer 3D.
Talking of Punjabi talent creating waves in Bollywood, one can’t forget gems like Diljit Dosanjh, Badshah, Guru Randhawa and Honey Singh, who have successfully carved their niche in the industry in the recent past.
Diljit had once said that he had a notion that a “Sardar can’t be a successful actor in Bollywood”, but looking at his popularity and credits, it seems he has been proven wrong.
On his Bollywood journey, Diljit said: “People told me to get rid of my turban or not become an actor. Back then, I knew that I would be okay to give up films, but not my turban. But it has been very rewarding.
Diljit even became the first turbaned Sikh to get a wax statue at Madame Tussauds, proving that it’s ‘balle balle’ all the way for Punjabis in Bollywood.