For a colorful country like India, it only makes
sense that our Bollywood film makers would want to incorporate various
shades of the country in their movies. And amongst the mass of colors,
the Punjabi tadka
remains the most dominating. Be it characters,
locations or even words popping up in songs, Punjab has truly made its
way into mainstream Bollywood cinema. BollyCurry gives various examples
of how the tadka
of Punjab has spiced up Bollywood.
O zara dhol bajao oye!
the trend of including a Punjabi track in movie soundtracks has
increased. The movie can be of any genre, some spice of either Punjabi dhols
or lyrics manages to worm their way in and suit the emotions of the movie perfectly. The words like 'soni', 'kudi', 'makhna'
seem to have become part of common vocabulary for lyricists. And some
songs include words which are mostly unknown to the non-Punjabi speaking
audience. The most recent example of this is the chart topping song,
"Tooh" from the upcoming November flick, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein.
For those who still don't know what the song is about, it's all about
shaking that booty. Not just in a more commercial sense, Punjabi Sufi
songs have also been included in soundtracks and have become
chartbusters. The Punjabi sufi song, "Jugni", sung by Pakistani singer
Arif Lohar, was included in the Saif Ali Khan
(2011). In the same year, Yash Chopra's last directorial venture Jab Tak Hai Jaan
also had a similar sing with traces of Punjabi sufism - "Challa".
just Punjabi lyrics, but also completely Punjabi flavored songs seem to
be doing really well! Such songs not only offer the common bhangra
beats suited for weddings or dance parties, but the romance dripping from the words which originated in the land of Heer-Ranjha, Soni-Mahiwal
always stir the heartstrings as well. Songs like "Paani Da Rang",
"Saadi Gali Aaja", "Ambarsariya" had purely Punjabi lyrics and still
managed to be quite popular. And of course, the more feet tapping
numbers are always in demand! "Mauja Hi Mauja", "Angrezi Beat" and more
recently, "Punjabian Di Battery", are just a few examples of Punjabi
songs that ruled the charts!
Vekh tou, mere desh di khoobsurti!
no secret that when it comes to selecting beautiful locales, most of
our filmmakers tend to opt for foreign locations like Swiss Alps or they
go for the valleys of Kashmir. But now, that trend has started to
change. It all started with Veer Zaara
in 2005, when director
Yash Chopra chose to go to Punjab to showcase the beauty of India. The
song shot in the fields of Punjab with Shah Rukh Khan
singing about the
beauty of his country to Preity Zinta
is a sure treat to watch. The
golden fields, the lush green spaces, the vibrant way of living and the
heritage sights of the area are being seen more and more in the movies.
Movies like Mausam, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Son of Sardaar
and the recent blockbuster Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
have been shot around various locations in Punjab like Chandigarh and Patiala.
The Kareena Kapoor
starrer hit movie Jab We Met
had a scene where the two actors sit on a tractor which stands in the
middle of a huge golden field. That shot truly represents the true
essence of Punjab, with the hard work of all the diligent farmers
displayed as the fruits of their labor swing in the summer wind. The
Rani Mukherjee-Shahid Kapoor
starrer Dil Bole Haddipa
also had a
song sequence which portrayed the lifestyle of the local Punjabi people
and the locales of that beautiful area. It is truly said, one doesn't
need to step far away from home to experience Heaven.
'Koi doubt mat rakhna, Sikhni hun mein Bhatinda ki!'
Surely the most memorable dialogue of the movie Jab We Met
said by the energetic and zealous Geet (Kareena Kapoor
). Since many
years, Punjabi characters have been a major part of Bollywood. Their
energy, their quirks and their traits have been long captured on the
film reel by our movie makers. From Dharmendra singing, "Main Jatt Yamla
Pagla Deewana" to Dharmendra actually playing a yamla pagla deewana
Punjabi alongside his two sons, Sunny Deol
and Bobby Deol, in the movie
titled after the song, Bollywood has portrayed Punjabis in numerous
essences. Be it Amresh Puri playing the role of a Punjabi living in the
foreign lands of London and missing the air of his homeland in the
blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,
or Sanjay Dutt
acting like a thirsty for revenge yet amiable host in Son of Sardaar,
Punjabis of all shades and sizes are found here.
only are the Punjabis living in Punjab shown in the movies, but traits
of Punjabis living outside of Punjab have also been tastefully
portrayed. Films like Vicky Donor, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Khosla ka Ghosla
have shown Punjabi characters living in a completely Punjabi style in
cities outside of Punjab. Not just in India, Punjabi people seem to take
their culture wherever they go. Singh is Kinng, Kal Ho Na Ho and Patiala House are
among many other movies that show the elders trying to make sure that
their culture doesn't get diminished in the land of foreigners.
fun to serious, dumb to intelligent, brooding to full of life, Punjabis
are a large part of Bollywood and all in all, the Punjabi flavor is
something which we can't get enough of. This tadka offers such various
tastes which suits just about everyone. And we, at BollyCurry, surely do
appreciate it! What is your favorite tadka of Punjab in Bollywood?
Author: Mais B.
Editor(s): Saraa K. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Marsh P.