10 Must Watch Classic Punjabi Movies – A Journey Back In Time

Punjabi movies have always remained a centre of attraction amongst the people of Punjab. In the olden times people used to await movies curiously and when the movie used to begin in the theatres there used to be pin drop silence. Fight scenes used to make people so excited that they used to get up from their seats and scream.

Punjabi movies were a mix of everything exciting, be it songs, drama, action, comedy, dialogues, actors, actresses. Before the dawn of the Jazzy B and Honey Singh era, Punjabi entertainment was so family-centric and had one or the other social message weaved in its movies and songs so beautifully that it still can teach a lot to the new generation.

Today I want to take you to a trip down the memory lane with a list of 10 must watch Vintage Punjabi Movies. So come along guys.

Lacchi- 1949

A big hit during the 40’s era, film Lacchi had an amazing story, actors, music and everything that made the people in those times go crazy in the cinema halls. The Punjabi movie’s lead actor’s name was Wasti and its songs were sung by Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum and were really beautiful.

Posti- 1950

Starring the then famous Majnu and Shyama the Punjabi movie Posti was very well received at the box office and was an instant hit not only in Punjab but also in Delhi. The veteran singer Asha Bhosle debuted with this movie and sung the song do guttan kar meriyan. The song ja bhaira posti was a very popular punjabi song in those days.


The Punjabi movie Bhangra was a big hit among the Punjabi audience. Having the vintage beauties Nishi and Manju in the lead roles this Punjabi movie was an all-rounder on the entertainment front. Apart from having an amazing story, Bhangra movie won the heart of millions with its fantastic Punjabi songs that became very popular in that era and were on the tongues of everyone who listened to them. The movie’s famous songs included:

  • Rabb Na Kare
  • Batti Bal Ke
  • Been Na Wajaeen Mundia
  • Ambiaan De Booteaan Te
  • Chitte Dand Hasno Nahio Rehnde
  • Mull Wikda Sajjan Mil Jaave
  • Jatt Kurhian Ton Darda Maara (Bolian)

Do Lachhian- 1960

One the most famous and hit Punjabi movies of the 60’s era Do Lacchian had the iconic Punjabi actors and actresses Gopal Sehgal, Daljeet, Indra Billi and Krishna Kumari in it. The movie is a romantic drama based on two girls named the same. The movie is full of comedy and good songs and beautiful actors. The film had Mohammad Rafi, Shamshad Begum and Lata Mangeshkar as their lead singers. Its most famous Punjabi songs were haye ni balam hai bara zalim and teri kanak di rakhi.

Satluj De Kande- 1964

This is yet another old and famous Punjabi movie that won a National Award. Satluj De Kande was a romantic movie, starring Balraj Sahni and Nishi. It was broadcasted three times on the National Television at Doordarshan. It’s a must watch guys.

Mama Ji- 1964

Another great old Punjabi film starring the golden Gopal Saigal and Indira Billi. Mama Ji was romantic-comedy that had the most amazing actors and dialogues and comes with amazing music. The lead singers of this movie were Mohammad Rafi, Shamshad Begum and Mahinder Kapoor. A very famous Punjabi song of this movie was teri do takiaan di naukri, ve mera lakhaan da saawan jaanda.

Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai- 1969

A devotional Punjabi film that won the 1970 National Award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi and National Film Award for Best Music Direction and was a big hit at the box office. Based on a true incident that took place at the Golden Temple in Amritsar the movie had Prithvi Raj Kapoor, I.S.Johar, Nishi and Vimi in the lead roles.

The movie was restored and released again on the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji on 27th November 2015.

This Punjabi movie’s songs are still remembered by the people today being the best in the devotional category. It’s popular songs were:

  • Mitter Pyare Noon
  • Deh Shiva Var Mohe
  • Bissar Gayi Sab Tat Parayi
  • Hum Maile Tum Ujjal Karte
  • Mere Sahib Mere Sahib
  • Guran Ik Deh Buj Hai
  • Re Man Ayso Kar Sanyasa
  • Kal Taran Guru Nanak Aya
  • LavaHar Chouthari Lan
  • Miti Dundh Jag Chanan Hoya

Kankan De Ohle- 1971

With Dharmendra and Asha Parekh in guest appearance this beautiful Punjabi movie starring Ravinder Kapoor, Indira, Jeevan and many more then famous actors. Some of its famous Punjabi songs were Dil Maithon Mangda, Chambe Di Dale ni and Hai Ne Main Sadke sung by the famous Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi.

Dukh Bhanjan Tere Naam- 1974

This is yet another beautiful devotional Punjabi film based on a true story that is so gripping and heart touching that it makes it a must watch. Starring Dharmendra, Dara Singh, Sunil Dutt and Radha Saluja, Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam is an amazing to watch atleast once in your life.

Chann Pardesi- 1981

This was yet another hugely hit Punjabi movie that had famous actors like Raj Babbar, Amrish Puri, Rama Vij, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Om Puri. Chann Pardesi not only won the hearts of millions but also won a National Award. Regarded as one of the greatest legendary Punjabi films it is a must watch for you guys.

Putt Jattan De- 1981

Listed among the greatly hit movies of Punjab, Putt Jattan De had Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Daljeet Kaur and Baldev Khosla in its lead roles. Being a blockbuster hit in the Punjabi cinema history this movie has a very interesting story and songs. So watch it guys.

Alright! That’s it, you guys. I hope you enjoyed reading the article as much as I did writing it and will look forward to visiting the lost and forgotten worlds of Punjabi cinema through the above-listed movies.

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Shivali Angurala

An Illustrator by profession and a writer by chance. Shivali's love for the city beautiful brought her to work as an author for Chandigarh Metro. Writing is something that she believe is as impactful as Art. She loves to mix up colors as much as she love mixing interesting adjectives in her writings. You may reach Shivali at hello@chandigarhmetro.com
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