The year 2019 has proved to be a little better in terms of business for Punjabi movie industry. While on one hand we had a super-successful film in commercial cinema category as Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa’s ‘Shadaa’, another blockbuster turned out to be Muklawa – superb period film. Another surprise was Ardaas Karaan (a non-commercial movie) written, directed and produced by Gippy Grewal.
According to Mr Pramod Thakur of Whitehill Studios, in 2019 Punjabi cinema box office has declared that out of 56 films released only 14 movies were hits and semi hits (which means, they recovered their cost and could stay in theatres.) while 42 were flops.
Comparing this data with 2018, Punjabi cinema had given only 8 hits or semi-hits out 46 films released that year while in 2017, out of 37 Punjabi movies released, only 8 movies were hits or semi hits while 29 were declared flop.
So, if we talk about the hit vs flop ratio, 2019 clearly stands out better in comparison to last two years which means, Punjabi movie industry is certainly on an upswing.
Punjabi film pundits are speculating that there will be overall increase in 2020’s business. As compared to 2018 and 2019, wherein the annual turnover of Punjabi film industry as a whole was Rs 154 Crore and Rs 176 Crore respectively, in 2020 the business is likely to touch the Rs 200 Crore mark!
Note: This analysis is based on Box-Office figures from All India only (No worldwide.) For worldwide gross, click here: Punjabi Movies of 2019: Full List Of Hit, Super-hit and Semi-Hit(worldwide gross)
TOP Punjabi Movies in 2019 Based on All India Box Office Figures
1. Shadaa (A&A Advisors and Brat Films)
2. Muklawa (Whitehill Studios)
3. Ardaas Karaan (Humble Motion Pictures)
4. Chal Mera Putt (Rhythm Boyz Entertainment)
5. Guddiyan Patole (Villagers Film Studios) (Although Manje Bistre 2 and Nikka Zaildar 3 did more in terms of total business but Gudidyan Patole recovered its cost due to relatively low budget)
6. Kala Shah Kala (Binnu Dhillon, Sargun Mehta)
One Movie That WE loved But didn’t do well at the Box-Office
1. Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh
One SURPRISE HIT:
Sikander 2 (In just a budget of around 1.5 Crore, the movie ended up making more than 2.5 Crore All India.
Special Thanks To Films Like:
1. Uda Aida
2. Ardaas Karaan
One Movie That Shouldn’t Have Been Made:
Films That People Had Expectations From But Didn’t Do Well:
- Nikka Zaildar 3
- Manje Bistre 2