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The Punjabi-language film industry, which is centered in Amritsar and Mohali and is concentrated in the Indian state of Punjab, is known as Punjabi cinema, or Pollywood at times.
Daughters of Today, the first feature film made in the area in 1928, serves as the foundation of Punjabi filmmaking. Heer Ranjha, the first sound movie made with sound-on-disc technology, was released in 1932. Since then, Punjabi cinema has produced a large number of films, some of which have gained fame on a global scale.
Many actors and directors got their start in Punjabi movies, and many of them have gone on to build reputable international careers and find more financial success in working in more established film industries.
With superhits like Shadaa, Ardaas Karaan, Chal Mera Putt, Muklawa, Manje Bistre 2, Nikka Zaildar 3, Singham, Rabb Da Radio 2, Dil Diyaan Gallan, Blackia, Laiye Je Yaarian, Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh, Kaka Ji, and Band Vajje, 61 Punjabi films were released globally in 2019.
Diljit Dosanjh, Mandy Takhar, Navneet Kaur Dhillon, Amrinder Gill, Prabhjyot Singh, Gippy Grewal, Jaswinder Bhalla, Jimmy Shergill, Sonam Bajwa, etc. are among the famous Punjabi actors.
Canada is the second-largest market for Punjabi cinema and has recently gained popularity as a location for making Punjabi movies.
Canada is the second-largest market for Punjabi cinema and has recently gained popularity as a location for making Punjabi movies. The worldwide box office receipts of several Punjabi movies have even eclipsed those of Bollywood movies.
In South Asian regions where the Punjabi language is predominant, such as East Punjab, West Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand (Rudrapur, Bajpur, Kashipur), and Jammu, more Punjabi films are being released.