Bollywood may be situated on the west coast, complete with its own beaches and beauty to boast of, but it has always remained fascinated with Punjab and Punjabis. North Indian state famous for its 'sarson ke khet', 'phulkari', 'lassi', colorful culture and hard working people, has always remained a go-to destination for Mumbai-based industry. Punjab has given the glam world some of the most captivating faces. Even today, tall-dark-handsome is synonymous to Punjabi lads. Here are some of the most popular names in Bollywood that hold connection to the North Indian state:
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Source[/caption] Ruling the roost from last four generations, the Kapoors are often referred to as the first family of Bollywood. The patriarch of the clan, Prithviraj Kapoor
had migrated to Mumbai from the Punjab province and debuted in the mainstream cinema in 1929. Since then, the family has ruled the box office with their chocolaty and romantic blue-eyed talent. Be it Raj Kapoor
in Mera Naam Joker
or Rishi Kapoor
, Shashi Kapoor
saying 'Mere pass Maa hai'
to Ranbir Kapoor
reclaiming 'Sadda Haq, Ethe Rakh'
, Kapoors have given the cine-world some timeless and evergreen memories.
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Source[/caption] Considered to be the most powerful family of the B-Town, they are the money spinners. With a legacy of superhit productions right from BR Chopra's first footsteps into the 70mm world, Chopras have made it all: romance to action, drama to comedy. Some of the biggest superhits of Bollywood like Naya Daur, Dhool Ke Phool, Kabhie Kabhie, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
, are credited to the Chopra family. BR Chopra forayed into television with the epic Mahabharata
and had taken the small screen by storm as well. Yash Chopra, fondly reckoned as the 'King of Romance', is the man who gave us names like Prem, Raj, Rahul, Simran and Pooja. They are the brains behind the popular rain and romance culture that has made majnu
s out of common men.
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was already a popular face in Punjabi movies before moving to Bollywood. His action hero image made him the 'He-Man' of the Hindi film industry. But Dharam Paji has proved his mettle in romance and comedy as well. His marriage with the Dream-Girl
Hema Malini had broken lakhs of innocent hearts. His outstanding career doesn't need a recap for us to consider this Yamla Pagla Deewana Jatt's
contribution. Bollywood has time and again recognized him with the highest accolades. Even Dharmendra's sons, Sunny and Bobby Deol
, have carried on his legacy with uplomb. Sunny's powerful performances in films like Jeet, Ghatak, Ziddi, Gadar
, etc. have made fans go crazy. Bobby Deol's performances in movies like Barsaat, Humraaz
have won him both critical and commercial acclaim. Talking about Deol girls, Esha
forayed into Bollywood and earned quite a name for movies like Dhoom
and Na Tum Jano Na Hum
. Ahana Deol,
the youngest Deol sibling is a trained classical dancer with a recognized stature. The third generation of Deols is also set to enter the cine-world and leave a mark in the Bollywood.
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Source[/caption] The man may have began his career with wrestling in Punjab, but he became a well-known face once he starred as Hanuman in 1952 film Bajrangi
. Dara Singh's
name is synonymous to power and strength in the movies. Fondly called Rustam-e-Hind
(his Punjabi movie), he will always be remembered amongst today's youngsters as the loving Dadaji in Kareena-Shahid starrer Jab We Met
. Dara Singh's son, Vindu Dara Singh
, has established his name as a comedy actor and has acted in films like Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Housefull, Son of Sardar,
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