Here is the list of Top 10 Directors of Pollywood
Punjabi cinema has been blessed with some superbly talented directors. The success of Punjabi movies worldwide proves the fact that these filmmakers understand the needs and desires of Pollywood audience. A few selected directors have managed to give back to back hit films and are thus referred to as the best in their trade.
Here is my pick of the best directors in Punjabi film industry.
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When it comes to delivering quality cinema, Anurag Singh is a name to reckon with. After directing a few Bollywood films, he turned to Punjabi films and debuted with Yaar Anmulle in 2011. The movie made an instant connect with the youth and Anurag got identified in the market. His directorial career sky rocketed with Diljit Dosanjh’s Jatt & Juliet which released in 2012. A year later, he made a hat-trick of hit films with Jatt & Juliet 2. With Punjab 1984, which is arguably his best film, he pushed the envelope and went leaps & bounds ahead of his contemporaries. His last movie Super Singh was an experiment in itself and was critically acclaimed.
This veteran Punjabi film director needs no introduction. An ace cinematographer, Manmohan Singh first directed Raj Babbar starrer Naseebo in 1994. He became a household name when he directed Harbhajan Mann’s Jee Aayan Nu. The movie is considered to be the turning point in Punjabi films. There’s no denying the fact that Punjabi cinema stands tall because of the contribution of this humble personality. Post Jee Aayan Nu, he directed a string of hit films like Asa Nu Maan Watna Da, Yaaran Naal Baharan, Munde UK De, Aa Gaye Munde UK De, Dil Apna Punjabi, Mera Pind etc. His last release was in 2014. His fans are eagerly waiting for an announcement on his next film.
The king of entertainers, Smeep Kang has given a number of hit films in an impressive directorial career. He knows his forte is romantic comedies, and he has stayed true to the genre and tasted success more often than not. After a brief stint in acting, Smeep Kang directed Chakk De Phatte starring Late Jaspal Bhatti. He hit the bull’s eye with one of the best Punjabi films ever made, Gippy Grewal’s Carry on Jatta. Post that, he continued his association with Gippy Grewal and directed films like Lucky di Unlucky Story, Bhaji in Problem, Double di Trouble, Second Hand Husband, Lock etc.
When it comes to providing unadulterated and entertaining cinema, Ksshitij Chaudhary’s name tops the charts. He started off with moderate hit films like Heer Ranjha and Yaara O Dildaara. He changed gears with a rom-com Jatts in Golmaal. In 2014, Ksshitij directed an out and out entertainer Mr. & Mrs. 420 in which he introduced Jassie Gill and Babbal Rai. With his last release Vekh Baraatan Challiyan, Ksshitij proved that he is one of the best in the league.
The young director started his Pollywood career with back to back hit films, Tera Mera Ki Rishta, Mel Karade Rabba. Both films were of romance genre and then Navaniat directed a political drama, Dharti which proved his versatility. In his shining career, he has directed films on different themes like Shareek, Jindua, Taur Mittran di etc.
Although Simerjit Singh has been in the industry for many years now, he got recognition for 2015 blockbuster Angrej. Besides that, he had directed a cult classic Baaz starring Babbu Mann. His last hit was Nikka Zaildar which released in 2016. He has an impressive list of films coming up and without a doubt he is one of the most accomplished directors of today’s times.
The stylish director entered the scene with 2014 hit film Jatt James Bond starring Gippy Grewal. The film got rave reviews and Rohit was praised for choosing an offbeat theme for his debut movie. He then directed Diljit Dosanjh in Sardaar Ji, which proved to be a blockbuster. This motivated him to make a sequel to this hit film, and thus he delivered another blockbuster Sardaar Ji 2 with Diljit. He has not formed his own production company.
An accomplished director in Bollywood, Harry moved to Pollywood with Chaar Sahibzaade. The animated movie based on the sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji was a rage when it released in 2014. He went on to direct a sequel to the movie in 2016 and offered Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Band Singh Bahadar. With two blockbusters to his name, Harry Baweja is indeed a force to reckon with in directors niche.
Mandeep Kumar is one of the most underrated filmmakers of Pollywood. In 2011, he made his first Punjabi film Jinhe Mera Dil Lutteya which was a huge hit and brought together two superstars of Pollywood, Diljit Dosanjh and Gippy Grewal. This was the first and also the last time these two actors were seen together onscreen. After a gap of 5 years, Mandeep Kumar simultaneously shot and released a film each with Diljit Dosanjh (Ambarsariya) and Gippy Grewal (Kaptaan). Although Ambarsariya was a blockbuster, Kaptaan was a moderate hit.
He proved his mettle with his solo release, Love Punjab which starred Amrinder Gill and Sargun Mehta. The movie which released in 2016 won accolades all over and Rajiv is thus considered one of the best directors of Punjabi film industry. The young director is now directing a film for Kapil Sharma.
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