Over the past few years, Punjabi artists have widened their horizons and now are not just limited to the Punjabi film industry. They are spreading their wings and magic to the Bollywood film industry as well. They have made their mark amongst some of the big names in Bollywood.
From Daler Mehndi to Yo Yo Honey Singh and from Mika Singh to Guru Randhawa, Punjabi singers in Bollywood are leaving an unforgettable impression on Bollywood as well as the audience alike. Looking at the love and appreciation the Punjabi tone-influenced songs in Bollywood receive, it is safe to say that they are here in the long run.
Below is a list of some of the Punjabi singers who made it big in Bollywood.
An actor, singer, songwriter and television presenter. There’s nothing this guy can’t do! Diljit Dosanjh is one of the most talented and well-known Punjabi singers in Bollywood. He is an acclaimed actor in the Punjabi film industry as well. He has given the audience many blockbuster movies, most of them being in the comedy genre. After making his mark in the Punjabi film industry, Diljit has managed to leave a lasting impression on the Bollywood industry as well. He started his journey in Bollywood with the crime thriller Udta Punjab in 2016 which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. After that, he was seen in the titular role in the film Soorma (2018) and later in the supporting role in the film Good Newwz (2019). Recently, he appeared in a lead role in the film Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020). Diljit Dosanjh was also a judge in the Colors TV reality show Rising Stars for three seasons alongside Monali Thakur and Shankar Mahadevan.
Do you remember dancing to the tunes of Mast Kalandar from Heyy Babyy (2007) or Aahun Aahun from Love Aaj Kal (2009) or Ainvayi from Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)? Master Saleem is the voice behind all these feet-tapping songs! A famous Punjabi singer in Bollywood, he is well-known for his devotional songs. Some of the other Master Saleem’s Bollywood songs are Maa Da Laadla from Dostana (2008), Jingle Jingle from Badmaash Company (2010), Humka Peeni Hai from Dabangg (2010), Zor Ka Jhatka [Remix] from Action Replayy (2010) and many more. Master Saleem made his first album ‘Charkhe Di Ghook’ in Punjabi at the early age of 10 and started his journey in Bollywood with the song Mast Kalandar from Heyy Babyy (2007). Without a doubt, he has come a long way and became one of the best Punjabi artists in Bollywood.
Punjabi singer Mika Singh became a sensation with his hit song Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag from his solo album released in 1998. Since then, he has given the audience many groove worthy songs to the industry. Punjabi singer Mika Singh was inspired by his classical-trained father who used to sing kirtans in Patna Sahib Gurdwara since childhood. He has sung songs for both Punjabi and Hindi cinema and has even released various solo albums. Some of the Punjabi singer Mika Singh’s Bollywood songs are Dil Mein Baji Guitar from Apna Sapna Money Money (2006), Mauja Hi Mauja (2006), Ganpat from Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007), Singh Is Kinng from Singh Is Kinng (2008), Ibn-E-Batuta from Ishqiya (2009), Dhink Chika from Ready (2011), Jugni from Tanu Weds Manu (2011) and many more. Mika Singh has also been a part of several reality shows as a judge. Looking at his artistic contribution to the Punjabi film industry as well as Bollywood, it can be rightfully said that Mika Singh is one of the most successful Punjabi singers in Bollywood.
Wadali Brothers consist of the brother duo, Pyarelal Wadali and Puranchand Wadali. They are a part of a family of musicians and belong to the fifth generation of the great Sufi singers. Wadali Brothers made their debut in Bollywood with the film Pinjar in 2003. Later, they lend their voices to the songs Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi [Mehfil Mix] from Mausam (2011), Chehra Mera Yaar from Dhoop (2003) and Rangrez from Tanu Weds Manu (2011). The soulful duo, Wadali Brothers are without a doubt the best Punjabi singers in Bollywood.
The voice behind the hit song of the 2000s, Mundian To Bach Ke, was Labh Janjua. His tryst with fame started with this very song. Since then, he sang many bhangras and Punjabi hip-hop songs. Labh Janjua made his debut in Bollywood with the film Hattrick (2007). A talented Punjabi singer in Bollywood, he lent his voice to many songs such as Soni De Nakhre from Partner (2007), Pyaar Karke from Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006), Jee Karda and Talli Hua from Singh Is Kinng (2008), Baari Barsi from Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), London Thumakda from Queen (2014) and many more. With the number of songs he has given the audience to enjoy, it is safe to say that Labh Janjua had a successful career in the Punjabi film industry as well as Bollywood.
Hans Raj Hans
When talking about some of the most successful Punjabi singers in Bollywood, it is unimaginable to leave Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans behind. Apart from being a well-known Punjabi singer, he has spun magic with beautiful songs in Bollywood as well. Some of the Bollywood songs by Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans are Dil Tote Tote Ho Gaya from Bichhoo (2000), Akh Lad Gaye from Jodi No. 1 (2001), Saiyyan from Nayak (2001), Tumba Tumba from Patiala House (2011). Punjabi Singer Hans Raj Hans also had the pleasure of working with the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the film Kachche Dhaage (1999).