Punjabi folklore as well as the real-life events have been an inspiration for numerous Bollywood films. Here we put down five of them. Take a look:
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The tragic tale of love, Heer Ranjha is a fable we all have heard. Stories claim that this couple lived in undivided Punjab, in Jhang and Takht Hazara (now in Pakistan). The love birds became victims of a family feud and share a grave in Jhang.
2. SOHNI MAHIWAL
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Another story of love, and death. Based in Sindh and Punjab of 18th century, this is one of the seven tragedies that are narrated in the homes by Nanis-Dadis of the region. Beautifully portrayed by Sunny Deol and Poonam Dhillon in the movie, this tragic tale came to life on the big screen in 1984.
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Probably the most important event of independent Punjab, 1984 riots changed the entire history India. The aftermaths are picturised beautifully, as close to reality as possible in this Vishal Bhardwaj directorial. Shot entirely in Punjab and Kashmir, this movie is a masterpiece despite its dark subject.
4. BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG
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Talks of Punjab and its contribution to Indian mainland are incomplete without acknowledging the role of Milkha Singh in bringing the state on the world map. The athlete's story was told by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in this Farhan Akhtar starrer. One of the superhits of Indian cinema, watch this movie to appreciate the sheer grit of another Punjabi.
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Sarbjit's story is the tale of a man stuck between the rivalry of two nations. The man died in Lahore in 2010 after years long battles to get him free. Pakistanis arrested Sarbjit on the grounds of being a spy while the Indian claimed that he was a farmer who strayed into Pakistani territory by mistake. The tearful tale is brought to life by Randeep Hooda and Aishwarya Rai and how? Watch the movie to know how Sarbjit and his family struggled. Watch the movie to see Aishwarya Rai making a comeback. But most of all, watch the movie to hail this brave son of Punjab and India.
In a nutshell, Punjab has given many movie concepts over the years. Bhagat Singh's life has inspired many movies, many Bollywood stars have portrayed the role of this Son of Punjab on the silver screen and needless to say, the story has left us all in awe every single time.
Diljit Dosanjh starrer Udta Punjab, though touted as loosely based on Punjab's youth and drug menace, has definitely touched upon a real-life problem. It had faced serious flack from the then ruling government in Punjab but was both a critical and commercial success.
Next in the line is a film based on the war heroes of Saragarhi, Kesari that stars Akshay Kumar in the lead role. Indeed, the list is long. And why not, Punjab is a culturally rich state which has the potential idea for a film at every turn, just an eye for detail is needed.